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FALCON CROP PROTECTION

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PO Box 2130
Healdsburg
CA, 95448
United States
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415-789-5007
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Penny Davies

 

The answer is two – and those ones aren’t even real. These are Falcon Crop Protection’s Falcon Kites, silently patrolling this vineyard to keep away pest birds. (Which is why you’ll never see another bird in this picture...)

Falcon Kites are easy to use, easy to install, and pay for themselves in the first season in saved seeds, fruit, and crops. From the moment it takes flight, birds for acres around will flee in fear. With Falcon Kites, you’ll lose virtually none of your crops to hungry birds!

Check with your neighbors to see if they’re using Falcon Crop Protection and see how happy they are with our scare kites. With 95%-100% proven effectiveness, we’ll get birds out of the picture for you, too!

Light, Durable, and Easy to Fly

This is not your kid’s kite! This unique product is made from durable materials including carbon-fiber rods, extra-strong flying line, and rip-stop material. That makes them lightweight and durable so that they can fly for hours a day, every day, in up to 25 mph of wind.

  • Light, compact, and portable so you can easily move them from field to field
  • Easy to assemble
  • Self-launching – only needs 1-2mph of wind
  • One Falcon will scare off birds for acres around!

Works on Birds’ Own Natural Fears The Falcon kite is a bird’s worst nightmare. It’s specific design makes it dive, swoop, and dart in realistic attack modes. It even hovers with the wings slightly flapping.

The Falcon scare kite:

  • Is much cheaper and less labor-intensive to install than nets
  • Is silent – no noisy (and useless) squawks to bother you or neighbors
  • Does not harm the birds in any way
  • Works on the birds’ natural fears of predators
  • Is self-launching so you can set it and walk away

 

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Full Flight Falcon Replica
Full Flight Falcon Replica
There is just one Falcon patrolling the skies above the Sonoma Raceway. Its job is to keep birds out of the vineyard and away from the carpark so they don't leave "their mark" on parked vehicles
Easily Seen in the sky
Easily Seen in the sky
The Falcon replica is easily seen in the sky by approaching birds and their natural instinct is to avoid the danger that lies directly ahead
TWO FALCONS PATROL THIS VINEYARD
TWO FALCONS PATROL THIS VINEYARD
This vineyard in Paso Robles actually had 5 Falcon Replicas installed by the end of 2016 protecting Pinot and Cabernet Grapes. You have to look hard to see the first one way off in the distance at the top of the hill
FALCON SOARING TO 55FT
FALCON SOARING TO 55FT
This 5 acre vineyard chose one Falcon on a 42ft pole to protect against birds approaching from the tree line of the property. A second Falcon was installed on a vine support and a 22ft pole
WINGS ACTUALLY MOVE IN THE WIND
WINGS ACTUALLY MOVE IN THE WIND
As the wind increases in strength the carbon fibre spars actually flex to give the wings a beating motion. The color of the replica is designed to appear realistic and the striations in the wings are seen as feathers to approaching birds.
MOBILE MOUNTING, EASILY MOVED BETWEEN VINEYARDS
MOBILE MOUNTING, EASILY MOVED BETWEEN VINEYARDS
The smaller 22ft fiberglass pole enables the Falcon Replica to be moved easily from row to row or vineyard to vineyard as different varietals mature. This photo shows the pole inside an ordinary umbrella base with some rocks for added stability in strong winds

News Archive


Controlling Birds in the Vineyards with Kites?
01 November, 2016

Loss of valuable grapes to Growers and Vineyards is an annual problem and until now there have been very limited options for control. The most common is to tie “flash tape” to wire strings in the hope that the hologram type of reflections will scare birds away. However results from this repellent are very poor to minimal.

Above shows a Peregrine Falcon replica in full flight. Although strictly defined as a “kite” that is about where the similarity begins and ends. Note in the above photo how the wind creates creases on the wings to imitate feathers and note also the legs and feet folded as happens in flight with real birds.

The shape of the wings are an almost perfect replica of the real bird and even the ends of the wings have feathers.

It takes only a 2MPH wind for the kite to start to rise and it is held off the ground by using a unique extending pole that is either fiberglass or aluminum. The glass rod extends nearly 23ft and the flight line is another 15ft giving it a maximum height of flight of 38ft.

The extending aluminum pole is 40ft high and the flight line can be increased to 35ft to give a maximum flight height of 75ft.

In windy conditions the predator moves in many different directions; it goes up, down, sideways, swoops and dives then goes back up etc so there is no regularity as would be the case with a true predator bird.

The photos below show a test site where a flock of about 60 pigeons were roosting on a building on the waterfront. The roof was cleaned and sanitized then the “Predator” was flown off a 40ft pole. The effect on the flock was instantaneous. Enlarge the right photo by clicking on it and dragging the handles to see the predator in flight.

 

We are seeing promise with the falcon in terms of bird control and are continuing to test the range in which the kite is effective. Additional kites may be needed for larger areas.

 

BIRDS, BIRD PROBLEMS, BIRD BARRIERS, BIRD CONTROLS,
BIRD REPELLENTS, BIRD NETTING, BIRD SCARERS, PREDATOR KITES, BIRD SPIKES, BIRD GEL, VINEYARD BIRD SCARERS

 Hot Foot Bird Repellents provides a variety of safe, effective, and environmentally friendly methods to get rid of pest birds, and keep them away for good. From easy do-it-yourself options like repellent gel and Hot Foot Bird Spikes to exclusion netting for crush pads, warehouses, tasting rooms and other areas.  Hot Foot America is one of the most reliable and effective suppliers in the United States and has been in business since 1977.

Expansive range of repellents for pest birds. Netting for structures like crush pads, spikes and repellent gel for tasting rooms or well defined areas where you do not want birds to sit, electric shock powered by battery energizers and solar re-charges, predator kites

and helium balloons for wide space controlof birds like starlings.

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