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Thermal Drone Breakthrough

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Last month, we trialed a thermal drone. We hoped it would show promise in helping us to monitor breeding success beyond the point when the unfledged chicks start roaming from the nest. It was a great success (see footage below). As we ramp up efforts to boost the bittern yield, this should be a monitoring game-changer. Massive thanks to Brent Hoade and Patrick O’Brien at the NSW Department of Primary Industries for the gear loan and some great advice.

MARCH 2018: Thermal drone footage at dawn from near Leeton shows what is almost certainly a near-fledged bittern.

We also spotted this fox lurking along one of the nearby banks, and in the crop we were able to identify crakes, swamphens and other waterbirds.

Channel 9 News Sydney Feature

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Last night, hundreds of thousands of Australians were introduced to the strange waterbird that has captivated so many of us. They learned how rice growers are marrying farming and wildlife conservation in the New South Wales Riverina. Here’s the story …

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