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by OntPhoto on Fri Jun 04, 2021 11:03 pm
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NYT story.  Someone's drone crashes leading to 2,500 terns leaving the Bosa Chica Ecological Reserve in California and abandoning 1,500 eggs. 

1,500 eggs waiting to hatch until drone crashes

by Swissblad on Sat Jun 05, 2021 4:05 am
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Sad and sickening!

by david fletcher on Sat Jun 05, 2021 11:50 am
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Swissblad wrote:
Sad and sickening!


Mind boggling!
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by rajandesai on Sat Jun 05, 2021 2:28 pm
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Yeah, read it before. Get me so mad every time I read about it.

by ADKShooter on Sat Jun 05, 2021 7:12 pm
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1,500 !! That's almost incomprehensible. Just terrible.

by Wildflower-nut on Sat Jun 05, 2021 7:41 pm
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It seems there is always someone who wants to do his own thing and in the process gives everyone a bad name. My guess drones are eventually going to be so highly regulated that they are not worth fooling with except for commercial purposes. Too bad. A lot of great photography coming from them properly used.

by archfotos on Tue Jun 08, 2021 12:03 am
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Allow me to play devil’s advocate, how exactly do they know a single event, drone crash, made these mothers leave their eggs for good? Yes they found a crashed drone it sure doesn’t seem like anything I’ve seen in nature that one minor event would create this type of response.  Nature has predators that could of come by over the eons and wouldn’t we of seen a massive exit before.  Animals seem to be pretty good at knowing what’s a living thing and what’s not.  Either the article is leaving out actual info, some ranger wants to blame drones because they’re scary compared to an ocean wind storm (yeh right) or maybe there turns out to be another explanation. Having spent too much time near a coast lately why do I have a suspicion this is a pollution problem that hasn’t been looked at???

by signgrap on Tue Jun 08, 2021 9:26 am
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This video might provide a more in-depth view of what occurred.
Dick Ludwig

by archfotos on Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:26 pm
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signgrap wrote:

Don’t want to defend drones but looking at the background footage of that piece I’m more skeptical than ever that those drones scared parents so much so that they aren’t returning.  This seems more like a piece to scare away drone operators but what it does it show science in a bad light of opinions not absolute proven facts.  Boy crying wolf, should we believe them when they uncover a pollutant?   

On a weird side note I just purchased some chemicals at The local Walmart upon getting home and reading the enclosed instructions it is absolutely forbidden to use said chemicals in the state of Florida and especially close to water where they were purchased.

by Scott Fairbairn on Wed Jun 09, 2021 9:05 am
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Well, if it scares drone operators away from an area they're not supposed to be using, then I guess that's a good thing. Interestingly, the link shows people walking on a boardwalk, and they deliberately flush a tern off the rail as they were walking—no need to do that either. From reading further on it, it sounds like people flagrantly ignore the rules from drones to walking to dogs to bicycling. It's too bad, but it seems every new thing goes from wonderful to detrimental in a short time. I have a drone, but I feel like a criminal every time I use it, and that's in areas where it's allowed!

by SantaFeJoe on Wed Jun 09, 2021 10:02 am
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I tend to agree with Jeff(archfotos). There are a lot of reasons why the birds could have abandoned their nests. The drone crashes are probably not the real reason, but every news story took those incidents and ran with them as if they were absolute fact. The terns didn’t use the LA Harbor site this year either. Why? There are many unknowns that could factor in to the equation. I also read that there was a problem with ground squirrels raiding the nests there at Bolsa Chica. The websites specifically dedicated to Bolsa Chica don’t seem to even mention the incidents with the drones. That’s unusual to me. They don’t even know where the terns went to. Dogs have also been a huge problem there, as well. Surely, there must be video footage of the drones impact on the birds, with the huge numbers of visitors there. Until hard facts come out, it is not fair to just blame the easy target. I don’t have a drone and don’t like them much, but I do believe in knowing the facts before blaming them for such a heavy crime. The nesting instinct is strong and can be witnessed all the time when you see a small bird chasing off crows, ravens and other larger birds from near the smaller birds nests. Even the terns are known for fending off intruders. I hope more info comes out and the true reasons for the abandonment of the nests becomes known. I’d bet it is not the drones. They surely only momentarily disrupted the terns. If it truly was the drones, I’d be very surprised. Here’s a link to some older info on terns nesting and predation:


Note page numbered 7 in particular.

Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.  -Pablo Picasso

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