Late last month I spent a wonderful day with two of the project officers from Birdlife’s Shorebirds 2020 project. Dan and Debbie were keen to pinpoint some suitable monitoring sites at the western end of the Gippsland Lakes. I was involved as the ‘local knowledge’ component. The boot was on the other foot – I saw many spots I’d not been previously aware of.
Towards the end of the day I directed Dan into Dowds Morass. We pulled into a site that indicated some suitability as a monitoring point. Like most spots at Dowds, you don’t get to venture too far from the track without a boat or waders at the least.
Dan said, reaching into the back of the Mitsubishi, “I have the answer here”. I hadn’t seen a boat in the car, so I was expecting a set of waders to appear. He extracted one of these …
In just a few moments the quadcopter, camera and control console with Ipod attached, was set up and he was ready for some bird monitoring.
The machine was stunningly easy to control and the results were brilliant.
|Dowds in the centre. Latrobe river and Heart Morass on the left.|
Lake Wellington on the horizon.
Overcomes the line of sight problems with binoculars and telescopes.