|Two people harassing peregrine family with a drone
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|Author:||OntPhoto [ Sun Jun 20, 2021 7:13 pm ]|
|Post subject:||Two people harassing peregrine family with a drone|
I was enjoying an early morning watching a family of peregrine falcons. So peaceful, what could happen? Suddenly, these two guys walk in with a drone. They stand directly beneath where the falcons are roosting and fly a drone right up to them. They were doing this for about 15 minutes or so. I approached them to see what they were all about. The one operating the drone didn't say anything. I could tell the other guy was just being a schmuck. Birds? Are there birds here? We know what we're doing.
The guy acted like he had done this countless times. He likely has gotten away with it because nobody did anything. I just did some research based on info I received and the peregrine falcon is actually listed now as Not At Risk in 2017. The term harassment has been used to describe various situations but flying a drone up to them is cut and dry.
This was very early in the morning, a time when I normally would still be sound asleep. I am not thinking as sharp as I normally would. I have a 4k camcorder with 25X optical zoom and should have videoed the whole thing. Or the Nikon P900 with 2000mm zoom and very good video. I did take photos of them.
I did not think they may have parked their vehicle somewhere. I did not see their vehicle or would have taken the license plate down. Finally I went to check and saw a black SUV driving away. Peregrine falcons are a provincially protected bird and flying a drone up to harass them can get you into a lot of trouble.
I hope they are not photographers because if I run into them in the field, I will recognize them. I did report the incident to the appropriate people and authourities. Hopefully, video footage can be retrieved. I feel obligated to take care of such things. They can make my day by showing up again but I doubt that will happen Never say never. There's always next year. I'm prepared next time, wide awake or not.
My dashcam was running though. Parking Mode triggered to record with any movement.
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