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Drone News Roundup: Falcon Takes Down Drone, Beautiful Dronie Shot on the Beach in France, and More!

BY Zacc Dukowitz
6 August 2021

This week we’re covering a video of a huge falcon taking down a drone in midair.

We’re also covering a beautiful dronie shot on the beach in France, drone footage of southern right whales captured in Australia, Porsche’s contest to win a $20,000 trip to Finland by editing drone footage of race cars, and the Autel Evo II’s new geofencing.

Now let’s get to those links!

Siberian Falcon Attacks Drone While in Flight

A large Falcon steals drone mid air before landing to inspect the remote controlled device

A huge saker falcon didn’t like this drone flying in its airspace, and took it down. The drone was operating near the Kamchatka Peninsula, located in a remote region of eastern Russia, when it was attacked. The saker falcon is the national bird of Hungary, the United Arab Emirates, and Mongolia, and it can reach speeds of up to 90 mph when hunting. Attempts have been made in the past to train bald eagles for taking down drones—maybe this video is proof that we should be using saker falcons instead.

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Drone Video Showcases French Artist’s Hypnotic Beach Art

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This simple but beautiful dronie from French YouTuber Jben showcases a stunning work of art created using sand on the Chay Beach in Royan, on the French Atlantic Coast. The video was shot with a DJI Phantom 4 Pro and was originally created as a submission for a GoPro contest. If you like it, check out the others by Jben on his YouTube channel, which is linked below.

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Beautiful Drone Footage of Endangered Southern Right Whales in Australia

Breathtaking drone footage captures endangered southern right whales off NSW coast

There are less than 300 southern right whales left in Australia. This drone video, shot by volunteers working to help monitor and protect the endangered whales, shows how stunning and beautiful these creatures are. The footage was captured as part of a project called Right Whale ID. Through the project, researchers and volunteers are using drones and other methods to identify and track southern right whales to better understand their movements and improve protections for them.

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Enter to Win a $20,000 Trip to Finland with Porsche by Editing Drone Footage Shot by Johnny FPV

Create2Extremes: Take Johnny FPV’s edit to another level

A few weeks back we covered the amazing drone footage Johnny FPV shot for Porsche to help promote its new Taycan Cross Turismo. The video is beautiful, featuring footage shot by Johnny FPV in the snowy woods of Finland and the deserts of the United Arab Emirates. Now, in a new contest being offered by Porsche, you can enter to win a trip to Levi, Finland worth $20,000 to attend the Porsche Ice Experience event. If you’re a content creator, Porsche’s #Create2Extremes contest is giving you reams of raw footage and 200 songs to choose from to make your own cut of all the footage Johnny FPV shot—click the link below to learn more about the contest and how to enter.

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Autel Evo II Gets Geofencing After Years of Boasting “No Geofencing” in Marketing

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The Autel Evo II will be getting geofencing in its latest firmware update. Autel has boasted for years that it doesn’t have geofencing, but that won’t be possible now thanks to the update. The geofencing will apply to airspace in the U.S., Australia, Japan, and parts of China. Unlike DJI’s geofencing, which blocks drone pilots from flying in restricted airspace, Autel’s geofencing will only be informational for now—that is, drone pilots will technically still be able to fly where you shouldn’t, but Autel is hoping the geofencing information will encourage them not to do so.

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