Imagine you came across the most beautiful view you had seen in your whole life. Imagine that you were a filmmaker and you had a desire to capture that beauty. Imagine you had a drone and it was the perfect flying conditions at the time. This all seems like a no-brainer right? That is what I thought when I sent my drone up into the air in Ballintoy Harbour. However, there was one issue that I did not consider. The Birds. The absolutely savage Birds. During the first minute or so of the flight, I did not have any issues. I sent it up to take a group selfy and it was a total success. But it was not very long until the first one attacked. If you look closely, in the top center of the image you can make out the first bird, headed straight for my drone. One after another more continued to come at me.
(video courtesy of Emily Lovasz). It was a pilot’s nightmare, yet I was in a state of laser focus. I was bobbing and weaving to avoid each bird as it passed. Not only did I want my drone to not be harmed but also I didn’t want a bird to cut its wings on my propellers. I decided to quickly move out of their airspace to go film further along the coast. Even as I did this they continued to make passes at me. Once I had a clear path I gunned it to get away and film some of the coastlines at the same time. At first, I thought I was in the clear as I was getting this beautiful shot. But I quickly realized that one of them was chasing me and was not far behind. I had to drop altitude and quickly bring it back to land. Once I successfully landed I waited a couple minutes and then sent it off in the opposite direction in hopes that they would leave me alone. Surprisingly, this worked and they seemed unbothered that I was flying the other way and I was able to get some beautiful footage undisturbed. This flight was risky, but you gotta risk it for the biscuit. By staying calm and reacting quickly I was able to avoid the birds and get some of the footage I wanted oh so badly. However, this was most definitely a learning experience and in the future, I will certainly be thinking ahead about birds before flying in unfamiliar locations.