Drone technology and ecology
Aerial survey of a mixed heronry in marsh forest
In the spring of 2022, we tested aerial methods to count nests of a mixed heron and spoonbill colony. Ground explorations, supplemented by photography from three types of drone camera’s, gave us insight into the numbers of nests. It was difficult because the nests can be in thick undergrowth and not all of them can be photographed with a standard drone method. The colony cannot be counted from the ground as it might disturb the spoonbill chicks. A combination of techniques offered the solution. We countes 180 nests of purple herons, 30 spoonbills, 12 grey herons and one great egret.
download: Reigers en lepelaars in de Zouweboezem 2022
Other Drone technology and ecology projects
Lowland Ecology Network
The Lowland Ecology Network is a network of freelancers who focus on ecological research, advice and communication. The emphasis is on nature protection of wetlands at home and abroad. Each participant has specific expertise and as a network we can respond fast and quickly solve complex issues. We are wel connected with experts on subjects such as photography / film, design and nature legislation.
Jan van der Winden
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