Originally Posted by vernon smith
If we are getting into the area of probabilities some attention should be paid to location. I'm in Florida and man do we have birds, and worse still, lots of big ones.
Same for the (Texas) Gulf Coast region. Over the last few decades, all bird populations have increased significantly, including the (big!) brown pelicans. Most are low flyers. But I pass a lot of hawks, eagles, and vultures up in the 3, 4 and 5,000' agl regions.
This subject is important and has been batted around before. I personally just try to keep an eye ahead, because there's not much that can mitigate the effects of a 5-lb bird in your face short of some serious Lexan or other very strong devices. Sure, a helmet protects your face. But what about your neck when you take 5-lbs to the head at 75-100-mph? I'm not sure that's survivable.