I'm from NZ so can give a laugh about it.. but I'm always amazed how creative we can be when it comes to embracing new technologies and simplifying our lives at any occasion.
I've recently read that some New Zealanders (Kiwis) are trying out drones to scare off birds from vineyards; aka use them as scarecrows. "Hum..?" That's pretty much my first reaction while scratching my head. From my childhood books, the below pic is how a scarecrow looks like (well not as scary, but still, you get the concept..).
But reading further this article, it is actually a serious thing. Farmers in Malborough region (North of the South Island) are actually purchasing drones to chase off birds 🐦 from their vineyards to avoid them eating all the grapes.. We used to have scary scarecrows, then had kites in the air, then trained prey birds & now drones.. #whatnext?
But there is more happening in New Zealand..
As I got interested, I digged a little more into the Kiwi drone approach and got amazed when reading this next article as it touches our very own symbol of sheep farming. For those unaware, NZ has a great record of having the highest number of sheep per inhabitant "think its something like 30 times more sheep than humans in NZ or something like that.. just ridiculously higher". Until yesterday, I knew all about farmers and their shepherd dogs walking behind the herd to bring it back down a green hill into a paddick as below..
Turns out this is the past as well in New Zealand, as some smart farmers have purchased some UAVs and added some mircrophones on them imitating the barking noises of their most beloeved shepherd dog/companion. The new Mavic 2 Enterprise has an option play sounds from a loud speaker as like the photo below..
Farmers are rushing into this new device as it allows them much more control but also doesn't force them to go up a hill for example. As I'm a sentimental its a little sad to know one day our shepherd dogs could dissapear from our landscapes.. but what an innovative niche use from DJI.. so exicting!!
Do you guys know any custom uses for drones in your countries?