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User currently offlineAndyhunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1306 posts, RR: 52
Posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2616 times:
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Hi All,

On a recent photoshoot with Gary Watt, we photographed a Singapore Airlines B777-300 and there was a bird chasing it.


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When I got the image up on screen, I was shocked to see what looks like something half bird / half beast chasing the plane.

Any ideas what you think it is. I have my thoughts, but I'd like to hear yours first.

Andrew


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User currently offlineCathay Pacific From Australia, joined May 2000, 1864 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2422 times:

maybe it is an eagle???


cathay pacific, now you're really flying
User currently offlineLymanm From Canada, joined Jan 2001, 1138 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2411 times:

Looks like a great blue heron.


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User currently offlineAndyhunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1306 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2393 times:
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First eagle or heron I've seen with legs and arms!!




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User currently offlineSailorOrion From Germany, joined Feb 2001, 2058 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2375 times:

It's a very good question. Be sure I'm after it  Smile I'll find out and let you know.

SailorOrion


User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6582 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2365 times:

I do believe that this is a fine sample of a Lesser-Spotted Crested Cockatoo of the Southern Patagonian Highlands, a species thought to have become extinct many millions of years ago.

User currently offlineMike_Steffen From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2346 times:

I wonder what happens to an engine if that one gets sucked in.....



User currently offlineAndyhunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1306 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2341 times:
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Mike,

Shouldn't it be, I wonder what happens to that beast if it sucks in an engine!!!!!!!

Andrew



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User currently offlineTravellin'man From United States of America, joined May 2001, 530 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2316 times:

I concur with Lymanm. It definitely looks like a Great Blue Heron.


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User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2299 times:

New Airbus spy-plane? Made to look like a bird so it wouldn't be recognised?

User currently offlineAirsicknessbag From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 4723 posts, RR: 34
Reply 10, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2276 times:

It´s Satan.

Daniel Smile


User currently offlineYeeha From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2271 times:

I know...I know...I know....uuuu..me...me...me..m....



BIRD!!!!!!!!!


User currently offlineRoyalDutch From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 917 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2267 times:

I think I'd agree that it looks like a heron of some sort...probably at a weird angle, too...anybody have good image enhancing software?

User currently offlineCeilidh From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 2269 times:

Looks like a vulture to me - we had them in Africa all the time, which made for interesting flying!

User currently offlineBoeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2236 times:

I think it's a yellowed bellied sap sucker!!! But enough about Bin Laden!

The bird seems to be a great blue heron, but I'm not sure if the great blues are in that part of the world.

Regards


User currently offlineCricri From France, joined Oct 1999, 581 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2216 times:

There should be a rule against Birds chasing planes...
Let's start a Plane Protection Comitee  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Those long legs remind me of the grey heron we have in Europe, so maybe it's blue over there  Smile/happy/getting dizzy (Too much JetA1 breathed?  Wow!)


User currently offlineAirplay From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2194 times:

It looks like a rabbit jumped up and attacked the bird and it's fighting to take control of the flight.



User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 17, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2181 times:

It looks like a bird we have here in Central Florida - A Sand Hill Crane.


DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 18, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 2177 times:

Either it's a Great Blue Heron, a Sand Hill Crane, or its the SIA Golden Swan that got blasted off the vertical fin by intertia from a hard landing!  Wink/being sarcastic


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User currently offlineWhiskeyNovembr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2161 times:


I didn't know Nessie could fly...


User currently offlineAsgeirs From Iceland, joined May 2001, 516 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2154 times:

It looks like the bird is holding something with it's feet


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User currently offlineCorey777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2103 times:

It's a pterodactyl, escaped from Jurassic Park.

Corey777


User currently offlineAndyhunt From Singapore, joined Jan 2001, 1306 posts, RR: 52
Reply 22, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2070 times:
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None of you have got it right yet!

Andrew



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User currently offlineBluejet From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 397 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2033 times:

it is definatly a heron, maybe an egret im only familiar with american birds not asian...but its a grade pic...

User currently offlineAhlfors From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 1346 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (12 years 8 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2022 times:

I don't know if they have any in the vicinity of Changi, but my first impression was that it is a bat.

Thomas


25 MIAspotter : Aghhhh!! thats my secret experiment i wanted to do a mix of a komodo dragon and an eagle and it flew away from its cage in my lab! Andy please if you
26 Sunilgupta : It's a B-1RD Sunil
27 GARUDAROD : I would say its a Bird of Prey flying towards the tail with either a dog or a rabbit in its talons...
28 Dfleet7 : it is definitely a type of heron. herons are one of the only types of birds that bend their necks in such a fashion when they fly. also, their wing sp
29 AerLingus : It's obvious that it's a heron. It's neck is bent like a pipe!
30 Jessman : "Are you my mother?"
31 Andyhunt : Guys, Love all of the answers. Actually, when I look very closely what I think has happened here is that you have a bird chasing ( or flying ) in the
32 CleCo : maybe its something he put in there???
33 Post contains images Heavymetal : It's an unladen swallow. Try & guess its' airspeed velocity.
34 Sdate747 : its a Blue_Heron-400ER ... its still in test flights, so keep an eye open - it's coming to a city near you soon. On second thought, keep your eyes cov
35 Airplanetire : Maybe it's a heron or a pelican (do those live in Singapore). Possibly a vulture too (do those live in Singapore). That's pretty funny though! I bet i
36 Growly150 : its for sure a heron or egret of sorts, i'd bet my life on it, its legs are trailing behind, and its head is retracted creating the crooked neck appea
37 Post contains images Rj777 : It's colonel mustard on the runway with a feather duster!
38 Penguinflies : Heavymetal.. is it an African Swallow or a European Swallow? Though ain't a European Swallow non-migratory?
39 KHI747 : For some reason i thought SQ did not have the B773's ......just the B772's. What routes do the SQ B777-300 fly on?
40 Hkgspotter1 : Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong.....and I've seen s
41 BadischerGreif : Purple Heron, Ardea purpurea Prost!
42 Schreiner : It's a Heron allright... But nice pic! It's now on my desktop!
43 CHRISBA777ER : Its a duck, (or a goose) flying in the opposite direction of the plane, the legs are behind to the right, and the head, is moving sharply upwards when
44 Rj777 : What gate did the bird (not the 777) go to? :D
45 CO DC-10 : It is an albatross.
46 Rw774477 : It's delivering a message from the inbound A340 to get off the runway whenever they are ready ... take your time rw774477
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