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Myanmar - aggressive Burmese crows swarm my drone

Discussion in 'Photos and Video' started by Clipper707, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. Clipper707

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    The Myanmar National Police were more receptive to my drone flights than a flock of crows.

    I launched from a small temple soon after a sunrise. I was heading out towards a larger temple with hot air balloons in the distance when my Phantom was swarmed by crows. At first I thought my flight trajectory coincided with theirs, but I soon realized it was intentional because the crows were not happy about the intruder.

    As they swarmed around the Phantom, getting more and more aggressive, I decreased my altitude to shorten the drop if a crow took out a prop. Then I went full burner home towards the LZ, with the crows hot on my 6. I'm glad I was close because the crows didn't quit until I brought her in close to the top of the temple where a bunch of humans were.

    If it was a longer distance it might have ended Crows 1, Clipper 0.

    As an added bonus, turns out my friend captured the swarming from a 3rd Person View with my camera. Her narrative is fun because she was recovering from a respiratory illness, so laughing was making her choke, all while giving a running commentary.

    Enjoy!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2cEnuAPzHg
     
  2. arizeda

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    LOL. Lucky!
     
  3. IflyinWY

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    That is priceless video.

    Great job, great assistant. :lol:

    I wonder if the Burmese Police hired them... :eek:
     
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    Awesome, scary and funny at the same time :shock:
     
  5. pilsburypie

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    They did you a favour - made the film!
     
  6. babyhee

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    Hi,

    Just to confirm that is it alright to bring my DJI phantom to myanmar?

    thanks,
    babyhee
     
  7. Clipper707

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    babyhee,

    I considered it an acceptable risk. There are signs at Yangon International Airport stating RC Aircraft are not allowed. I flew into Yangon three times in November and never had a problem. My drone backpack was x-rayed for departures and arrivals, but never opened. No questions at all. I had several crisp hundred dollar bills ready to help sway decisions, but never needed to go that route.

    I also had an encounter with National Police in Bagan, that turned out to be a positive, happy experience. I recounted most of these on other posts in this forum.

    Good luck and happy flying! Myanmar is awesome for drone videos.

    Based on my experience, I think you won't have any problems. Except maybe with the crows.
     
  8. babyhee

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    Clipper707,

    Thanks so much for your reply. Will bring along.
     
  9. Clipper707

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    Have a great trip! Share your videos with us. I will, I just have to get around to editing some more.