Drone photography disturbing endangered ospreys at iconic surf break

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eddiewouldgo started the topic in Friday, 3 Nov 2017 at 6:55pm
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barley Tuesday, 5 Jun 2018 at 8:51am

Seems like this jesse ehlers is as much a cockhead as kane overall..when will these fuckwits learn?..wont be too far off i wouldnt think..the most hated people who visit the w.c
Soo sick of the look at me bullshit

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eddiewouldgo Tuesday, 5 Jun 2018 at 12:53pm

Hi Barley yes actually the word is @kaptainkirky has acknowledged that the drones must not be used at Cummings Monument area so hes doing something good. Jesse seems to be still keen to ignore the advice. It doesn't help that the big tourism instas continue to post shots even though they are aware of the endangered osprey vs drones. It beggars believe that they promote the site for tourism knowingly contributing to the destruction and possible desertion of the osprey nest. The osprey are the losers in the end and the people who enjoyed the very wild natural environment there.Plus anyone that is involved with a rockfall event. The last few times i went there was two big cars parked on top of the overhang, meanwhile surfers walk underneath it,and a crack seems to be more obvious seen. With winter ahead makes more dangers with rain saturation of the limestone weakening the rock strength. The district council need to do something fast to the carpark its become 4wd stuff just driving into it.

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eddiewouldgo Wednesday, 20 Jun 2018 at 9:35am

A sign will be displayed to warn the public that Drone use isn't permitted at this surf break. This is because of encroaching tourism resulting in consistent and increasing disturbance to the endangered eastern osprey. This nest is confirmed as 200 years old by white fellas but most likely a lot longer before they arrived in the area. It could be thousands of years .
The recent survey of the osprey numbers in SA revealed a 25% decline in numbers of osprey, this last year it was completed. Considering there was less than 50 pairs in SA this is now down to approximately 30 something pairs of osprey.
Recently drones are being used despite advice given and warnings given to certain @drone_users, they are still uploading the shots to instagram and or the internet despite being informed. That is just In the last few weeks, This is absolutely disgraceful. Jesse_elhers encouraged this, by continuously publishing his drone view shots, ignoring ospreys territory. And when another droner asks for information, follows and does the same sort or worse. Of course this new droner in the area @anstagram deletes and Blocks anyone if they try to raise the topic with them. There will be severe trouble if the Osprey deserts the nest, drone guys be warned.
Lets hope the sign goes up asap and this droning behavior is enforced by law and stops immediately.

@ Newportdc :

@ Anstagram_sa

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stunet Wednesday, 20 Jun 2018 at 9:42am

Who's enforcing it EWG? What organisation?

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eddiewouldgo Wednesday, 20 Jun 2018 at 11:02am

Hi Stunet,
I think it might be "Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula"
I have just been informed its going to happen soon. A quick look at this departments work shows they protect wildlife. : Example of the sort of thing they manage; Whale Season :

"And I want to remind whale watchers to take care of their own safety along the cliff tops, keeping to designated lookouts and boardwalks.
Many cliffs are overhung and could collapse at any time,” he warns.
“The vegetation and soil structure along the cliffs are also very fragile and can be damaged by foot and vehicle traffic.
“In the harsh conditions of South Australia’s West Coast it takes plants and soil a long time to recover from human impacts, it’s also timely to remind everyone that there are regulated safe distances for boats and aircraft when whales are around - rules which are designed to protect the safety of the operators and welfare of the whales, In a boat you must be at least 100 metres away from a whale and are not allowed to approach them. Jet skis are not allowed within 300 metres of any marine mammal and it is the responsibility of the driver of any vessel to maintain a distance.
“If approached by a whale, slowly move away at a speed no greater than 4 knots.
“Whales may appear slow and gentle but they can easily overpower boats with their speed, particularly when surfacing from below."



And yep also its Osprey nesting season in the next few months in SA!

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eddiewouldgo Wednesday, 20 Jun 2018 at 11:32am

Now is the high risk phase for nesting osprey and sea eagles. Hopefully the osprey will be nesting this season and they havent been scared away by the recent disturbances by human and drones.

"The likely phases of greatest sensitivity and corresponding risk of nest desertion during the Eastern Osprey breeding season in South Australia. Note; the risk of desertion increases through the courtship phase, is highest from mid- June to mid-September,
and declines with increased parental investment thereafter."


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truebluebasher Wednesday, 20 Jun 2018 at 3:47pm

Re: eddiewouldgo posted 6 Nov 2017 "Wellington Point" sums it all up...
Wildlife Interference/Endangerment applies to either/or and all.

All would support [eddiewouldgo] clause to be inserted into CASA Drone Regulations.

1(a) Native Flora/Fauna Act incorporated into CASA (Drone Regulations)
(b) NO FLY in WEATHER or over PEOPLE/FAUNA/FLORA + Universal N.P./M.P./ WSR Bans.
(Current Penalties apply... 2 years jail (Not Suspended)/$120,000 fines in all OZ States).

Similar laws have long been humanely universally accepted!
CASA paints Aussies as some retarded uncaring throwbacks not match fit for wild kingdom.
How can CASA police World's largest drone playground with lowest % resource base?

One Rule! Any language- [Rack off! Get Lost! Beat it before I call the cops]

CASA Drone conjures I dream of Jeanie burials with Fluoro Seed'n'Weed of Jabreen's Tomb.
Jabreen is first Surfer and Pointbreak designer of Burleigh N.P./ WSR

Pilots skirt Burleigh N.P. - GCA Runway approach also swing take offs from The Headland.
Rouge N.P. Drones give only seconds warning for International Pilots to abort a landing.
Drone terrorist troupe inherently have a fear of flying. Catastrophe by joystick the reason.

That's right! Drone operators & Pilots are demanding CASA attend drone rehab.
Huddled on a fading speck of The Blue Planet..Be only fair to call off CASA Drone Invasion.

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The Fire Wednesday, 20 Jun 2018 at 7:14pm

last drone op i saw there.. i challenged him to put it away for the birds sake and the kiwi fukwit was all ' who are you the drone police' im just taking a few pics of my mate.

Absolute retard dont come back if you read this.

So sick of camera cunts and drone operators are the worst type of scum.

Ive Never seen Kane Overall surf this wave yet he thinks he has the right to exploit it and in doing so increase the surf traffic in the line up.

I hate traffic..

And sa rips has no balls and should stick to his own area.

Ospreys rip. You dont.

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eddiewouldgo Tuesday, 28 Aug 2018 at 10:13am

Drone users are brazenly breaking laws and willing to take the risk because of the time-consuming process to prosecute them.
A brief scan across Instagram reveals countless drone photos shot illegally in Australia, some of which represent a checklist of crimes packed into one photo.
People have published images from no-fly zones, overpopulated beaches, and from altitudes greater than 120 metres
As drone sales increase, so do the number of people breaking the law, but fining them can be difficult.
“Getting that evidence can be difficult because we won’t have seen the activity and we rely on witness statements, video, and photo evidence,” Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) spokesperson Peter Gibson said.
“Someone can see a drone breaking the law, but not identify the person flying it and we can’t prove who was flying it.”
Mr Gibson said CASA issued 30 fines last year for illegal drone use and has already issued 40 this year.
While fine numbers could be increasing, so is drone ownership, with estimates of between 100,000 and 150,000 drones in the country.

CASA has openly warned drone users they will use social media to help prosecute illegal activity.
However, thousands of illegally-shot Australian drone photos remain proudly posted to Instagram pages.


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eddiewouldgo Tuesday, 28 Aug 2018 at 10:22am

Endangered Eastern Osprey Have been Nesting on the Eyre Peninsula lately.
Now is mid season.
With a lot of luck they could succeed with the chicks surviving as long as people stop overlooking the nest.
Apparently a signs going to be erected at Cummings Monument but it wasnt last time i visited and saw the osprey pair in nest.
Twice i witnessed people approach and the birds flew away and didn't return.
Pretty sad how humans ruin everything,
Thanks alot to social media promotion.
Watch this space..
Will the Osprey succeed or not this breeding season???

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 3 Oct 2018 at 8:25pm

Gold Coast Seaway "Pop's Tinnie Rescue" sabotaged by Drone.
There's plenty of footage on news cams of this maniac.
I don't fly a Drone but I'm certain this operator broke near all laws in one go!

The Spit Aerodrome since 1930's operates 3 runways + 8 Helipads(Tool to fly a Drone here!)
South Stradbroke Island is a Marine Park( Filming with Drones over 2kg requires a permit)
Filming Govt Facilities/Rescues in Prohibited Areas requires permits.
Seaway/Aitcraft Tower co-ordinates rescues (No Drone Zone)
Flying in or around or interfering with a rescuers Craft is if not should be jail-time
30 metre height range is clearly breached
Flying over People + watercraft rule is again clearly breached
After defying near every law Drone then retreats to base with precision.(Not a novice!)

Seaway saboteur does a runner & is still on the run tonight with few or none on his trail.
Line must be drawn with such deliberate sabotage..(Prohibiting a rescue!)
Yet half the lamebrains reckon this bullying of our rescuers is harmless play...Go figure!

Casa state they might cop $1,000 fine...Media scoop worth 10x that(20 x now)- we all know!
Casa's Flymos have run out of extension chords & they know it... reel 'em in boys!

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 3 Oct 2018 at 9:46pm
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truebluebasher Monday, 24 Dec 2018 at 12:38am

Reading my last post! Unfortunately aviation still don't care to track down drones!
Some flymo retard has just toyed with Gatwick Airport for almost 2 days.(Yep!)

150,000 commuters wait near 2 days for Tesco Drone to zip in & out of Duty Free.
Tired terrorist tethered to Drone for 2 days in UK 's #1 flyzone & MI5 lose him?
Surely super strength bug spray should work...I mean for the Drone!

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truebluebasher Monday, 24 Dec 2018 at 11:15pm

Casa Drone News.
After years of 100's of Oz Airport Drone near misses...Casa finally wake up to themselves...
Australian Transport Safety Bureau have been warning of drone risk to Commercial Aircraft.

Major Oz Airports + Regional Airport Pilots/Rescue Choppers have all voiced concern.
Perth police are currently hunting a drone pilot who near took down a Qantas Flight this month.

Good guy Little Ripper was even caught out upskirting the talent at local No Fly Zone...

Queensland Police have the answer for the lot of them...


Hot Tip! CASA intend to lure the wayward brats back into their tamper proof packs.
Identify: (Drone/Serial #/ Owner/Position) Most thought this was standard.(Playing catch up!)

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udo Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020 at 1:57pm
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factotum Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020 at 2:26pm

Good to resurrect this thread, Udo. Cheers.

Once a knob, always a knob.

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Cowabunga Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020 at 3:19pm

It was and possibly still is a place you could surf with a few or as often the case was when I lived on the west coast no-one in the water I remember it was the place we would pull into for a surf on the way to or from stinkin with the Mt Hope boys regulars at the spot

It was a long time ago we didn't mess with the Osprey they were just there like the other nest next to a surf spot up the coast no need to hassle the birds we were there for the surf.

I guess with modern technology the advent of social media the invasive nature of those platforms encourage this type of exploitative activity

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velocityjohnno Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020 at 3:48pm

What was the tourism lady thinking? Or was she thinking?

'"The sign was an investment by the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) to give people the opportunity to stop, get out of the car, take a bit of a breather, and have a look at our amazing coastline," Ms Stewart said.'

They probably envision it as a giant version of the computer game 'theme park' where the sprites just go to every new hot dog stand you set up.

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Blowin Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020 at 4:07pm

They do.

I’ve often pondered at the possibilities for remote tourism as I’ve been driving through the middle of bumfuck nowhere. It seems that tourists want a distraction- any distraction - and are willing to pay well for the privilege. Anyone who’s ever been to the Yatala whale viewing platform at the Eastern end of the Bight will attest to this truth.

There you are , fifteen bucks lighter , shoulder to shoulder with other punters staring at the exact same Southern ocean vantage you’ve just driven past for the proceeding 600 kms . The only difference being the price and the lost serenity of those empty hundreds of kilometres.

All you need to do is set up a photo opportunity along some remote but popular stretch of highway , charge a few dollars then stand back and get showered with riches.

There’s a place alongside Shark Bay which would be perfect . The highway gets close to the water but you can’t see it. Construct a little viewing platform with a decent view of the water and charge $5 entry and let the Insta / Facebook crowd make you wealthy beyond your dreams. Nothing else to see for hundreds of kms in either direction and the money is burning a hole in the punter’s pockets.

Sell them coffee and sandwiches- priced accordingly. Charge them to use the drop shitter . Get a government grant to start a tourism venture in an unserviced region.

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velocityjohnno Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020 at 7:10pm

Nice imagery - I've worked at both the Yatala community (& also saw the whales) and the desal plant at Shark Bay :) Love that southern stretch of mostly nothing. I had a contract to survey the towers and repeater stations as well, between Ceduna/Nullarbor/Roe Plains/Norseman. Someone had removed the 'r' from the latter town's name on the road sign which was the source of some mirth.

Lots of scary alone surf if anyone is interested...

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factotum Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020 at 7:21pm

Pedantic perhaps, but you're referring to Yalata.

Yatala is a different kind of 'community', indeed!

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velocityjohnno Wednesday, 28 Oct 2020 at 7:32pm

Pedantry accepted. I also worked at a community on Cape Barren and got to watch one of the fellas making, from scratch, a wooden muttonbirding boat, that was an awesome display of craftsmanship.

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Cowabunga Thursday, 29 Oct 2020 at 12:49am

I worked at Yalata in the mid 80's i guess not much has changed spent plenty of time surfing those parts by myself

I remember taking some old radilaide surf buddies out to one of those remote breaks when I had moved to work at Thevenard many years later

it was Easter and the chalkies from town were set up camping there

we pulled up in my old wagon on the low cliff edge as it wouldn't have gone though the sand pit to get to the flat spot closer to the break or if it did we wouldn't have got back out

We had timed it for the tide to be right and it was just starting to break

Climbed down the low cliff to the beach to be greeted with F@#K OFF ya vicos!!

Such a laugh it was a first year chalkie who would have been still in his dad's bag when I started surfing that coast localism from a transplant local gotta love it of course we ignored him and paddled out to score a pretty epic session at this fickle place

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charles-barkley Thursday, 29 Oct 2020 at 1:54pm

SATC really have no idea. Wheres the community consultation? That sign would have cost $ and will have zero benefit to the local area or SA as a whole. Also if they asked any surfer on the coast the reply would have been straightforward "not a good idea".

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stunet Thursday, 29 Oct 2020 at 1:03pm

All around Australia tourism bureaus use surfing to sell their stretch of coast and none of it benefits existing surfers. 

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charles-barkley Thursday, 29 Oct 2020 at 1:59pm

Thanks Stu
This one doesn't benefit any surfers or local business.
Was never gonna last, would look great in the shed.

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Cowabunga Thursday, 29 Oct 2020 at 2:48pm

True words Charles-Barkley net benifits negative in that environmental issues exasperated

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udo Thursday, 29 Oct 2020 at 2:56pm

What sort of $ could a Photog ask for a pic like that ?

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Jono Thursday, 29 Oct 2020 at 3:15pm

The person with the angle grinder also has no idea. Streisand effect resulting in millions of people now realising that Cummings Monument has good waves.

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udo Thursday, 29 Oct 2020 at 3:25pm
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velocityjohnno Thursday, 29 Oct 2020 at 4:05pm

Everyone uses surfing to sell everything and no current surfers benefit from any of it.

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charles-barkley Thursday, 29 Oct 2020 at 4:25pm

The sign should say NO DRONE ZONE

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The Fire Thursday, 29 Oct 2020 at 9:51pm

There is a sign all about the osprey nest so no one can plead ignorance regarding drones.

If you dont wanna get burned, dont throw fuel on the fire.