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Old 05-02-2011, 07:06 AM   #1
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Airstream vs. Egret

We are currently camped at the Top of Georgia Airstream Park in Helen, Georgia. A couple from New York arrived here with quite a dent in the front cap of their Airstream. A couple of days earlier, they were on the highway in Florida when they saw an egret in flight coming at them. They heard a thud and thought that they had hit the bird. When they stopped, they were shocked to see how much damage was done to the front cap of their Airstream.

Here is a photo of the damage. It looks more like a tree fell on it than it was hit by a bird the size of an egret. It goes to show that some things cannot be avoided.

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Old 05-02-2011, 07:34 AM   #2
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Does he regret the egret? I saw that dent and thought for sure it was from a limb. Talk to you later we will walk up from the back 40 later today. We are 3106 down in the dog area. jim
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What a shame! For the Airstream and that unfortunate egret.
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:06 AM   #4
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HOLY CRAP!

Which is probably the last thing the egret did...

That isn't a dent that a vacuum sucker and a hair dryer are going to fix! I'd strongly recommend that someone take a close inspection of the top of the Airstream. You could have damaged A/C shroud, vent covers, etc.

And here's the scarey part - Swans are bigger, cranes are bigger, and Canadian geese usually fly in flocks!

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Didn't I see a Mythbusters once where they tried to duplicate the FAA windshield test by launching a frozen chicken at a Beechcraft windshield -- the windshield lost. Looks to be not much better with an egret...

Moosetags could readily tell you that one of the largest (literally) driving hazards is a moose on the highway. The mass of the animal is right at windshield height. The occupants always lose when a ton of animal hits the windshield at 60 mph. (horses covered by the same sad principal...)
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I think I'd want to keep the dent just so I could tell the story - yikes!
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Wowsers! That trumps the vulture that hit us last year.
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Bet they regret that they met the jet egret.
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That's a lot of damage. Condolences to both the egrets family and to the NY couples wallet - that's gonna hurt of a while
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Of all the things you worry about when towing - then a 3 pound bird does that much damage....
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Mooses, since you're there - how did Helen and the park survive the tornadoes last week?

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