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Seagulls and Drones (in particular Mavic Pro) ???
1005 11 2017-1-28 22:49:43
CMP
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Hi,
I seem to be having immense trouble with seagulls paying a very keen interest in my Mavic. It has not been attacked yet, but I have had a swarm of about 15 divebomb it and pull out at the last minute. As I dont want to lose my drone I have had to stop flying 9 times out of 10 when the gulls pay an interest, rather than get the shots that I want.

Does anyone have any ideas or ways to prevent this ?
Has anyone ever had a gull (or other bird) actually hit the drone ? What was the outcome ?

Any help would be appreciated !!!!!
2017-1-28 22:49:43
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hypnotist
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You may be near a nest. Fly somewhere else.

If a seagull hit a blade, it would likely take down the drone and hurt the seagull badly.
2017-1-28 23:05:33
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CMP
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Thanks, It also seems that in the middle of the ocean and in the middle of nowhere there will be birds that get attracted to it ??!!!!!!!
2017-1-28 23:32:11
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rick39
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Most seagull species build their nests on the ground and in colonies, so it should be fairly obvious to see if that is the case in your example. If the gulls are attracted to the drone out of curiosity then there's not much you can do to stop that, apart from not flying any where near there at all. However, seagulls have become an urban bird and can be seen all over the UK and often 20 or 30 miles inland, so who's to say the same can't happen anywhere near the coast or some way inland. So is the solution to use prop guards? That way the birds are offered protection, the Mavic is too and then you can find out if they would attack your drone in relative safety.
If this were a flock of Golden Eagles or Peregrine Falcons then it would be fairly obvious not to fly in their territorial area, but gulls have become urban scavengers in great numbers, so I don't believe you are affecting the balance of nature here.
2017-1-28 23:50:19
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CMP
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Thanks Rick 39, Very insightful, that has helped me hugely - thanks !!!
2017-1-29 00:05:40
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Wandering Cloud
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CMP Posted at 2017-1-28 23:32
Thanks, It also seems that in the middle of the ocean and in the middle of nowhere there will be birds that get attracted to it ??!!!!!!!

Yes there will be.
Was sailing cross Indian Ocean and fly a bit of Mavic. Encountered a huge flock of frigatebirds, a lot of them fly over and investigate the drone. Luckily those bird are only interested in robing fish from other birds.
There are also some white birds that are very territorial that will fly real close to the drone and try to scare  my drone off.
2017-1-29 00:33:26
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hridge
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Possible change Color scheme of Mavic..  http://forum.dji.com/thread-77207-1-1.html
2017-1-30 09:14:48
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hridge Posted at 2017-1-30 09:14
Possible change Color scheme of Mavic..  http://forum.dji.com/thread-77207-1-1.html

Thanks Might Give it a Try
2017-2-3 18:39:39
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Wellsi
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Agree with other poster; if a bird hits your blades you'll almost certainly lose your Mavic if it's over water... if they're beginning to take too much interest, do a quick increase in altitude and fly away....
2017-2-3 23:28:22
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CMP
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Wellsi Posted at 2017-2-3 23:28
Agree with other poster; if a bird hits your blades you'll almost certainly lose your Mavic if it's over water... if they're beginning to take too much interest, do a quick increase in altitude and fly away....

Thanks very much, I have read somewhere that increase in altitude is the easiest way to get away from them, not just flying forwards, so great to have this backed up by someone else !! Thanks Again
2017-2-4 12:57:23
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[NS] nmyster
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I just got in from a session and was pestered so much by gulls I had to give up - a shame because it is a beautiful day to film (mind the wind).
I see the advice to fly up - Why is this, doesn't it make it easier for the gulls to get me? I almost want to see what would happen if i flew up when they dive for me and see if it scares them away from me - I thought I was paranoid that birds were interested, defo not the case when it's completely quiet and calm and then all of a sudden there is like 15 seagulls all around me
2017-7-17 10:07:21
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LIVNXXL
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Try using a skin or wrap on the Mavic if you want to continue flying near the birds. I had the same trouble with my inspire till I put an awful loooking day glo orange vinyl wrap over the white. Once i changed the color the birds left it alone. Yes, its ugly but it also worked. I can peel it off if I wanted to stay away from the beach. ( does make it easier to see in the sky)
2017-7-17 11:38:29
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