Drone Crash Causes Birds to Abandon 1,500 Eggs

Photo of a patch of sandy beach with hundreds of eggs in shallow nests. Abandoned eggs in the sand. Photo credit: California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Abandoned eggs in the sand. Photo credit: California Department of Fish and Wildlife

By Frank Gallagher, NANPA Blog Coordinator

A drone, flying over prohibited territory in Southern California, crashed in the middle of a nesting colony of elegant terns, frightening the seabirds and causing them to abandon 1,500 or more eggs, as reported by AP and New York Times. Although this species is not endangered and, in the long term, will probably not be threatened by a loss of this magnitude, it is a troubling reminder of the harm careless or uncaring individuals can do to nature. And of the responsibility we have to be ethical nature photographers.

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