Now we can see animals as never before – thanks to advanced drone technology

We have covered a couple of aspects where the incredible advancements in digital imaging have paired up so successfully with drone technology to provide us with images of life and the world as we have not really witnessed them before. Our article on drones and the film industry along with the piece on incredible aerial views of the world that we haven’t seen before clearly demonstrate the way things are going in the world of digital imagery. So, we thought we would add another one, which if you like your wildlife and nature, you’ll enjoy.

Paul Souders has been a wildlife cameraman more used to taking memorable images of his ‘prey’ both at a safe distance and from the ground. Based in Seattle, Paul decided to go on a 10,000-mile trip, as you do, to take some ‘snaps’ of the wildlife in Botswana’s Chobe national park, only not with his thousand-pound camera, but with a DJI Phantom 2 (which has since been upgraded to the DJI Phantom 3) at a cost of under $500.00, so maybe you catch our drift. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to take great images, but being in a great location certainly helps!

Paul is a well-known name in the world of wildlife photography, having been the Grand Prize and Nature winner of the prestigious National Geographic competition in 2013 with this remarkable and very poignant photograph of a polar bear peering up from the melting sea ice in Hudson Bay. However here he has opted for warmer and more hospitable climes as he swops seven layers of clothing for shorts and a tee-shirt. At we’re sure we know where we would rather be, and you have to admit, the selection of images we have for you are just wonderful.

From elephants to hippos, wildebeest to giraffes and antelope, the beauty of these images is that unlike those we are used to seeing taken from a helicopter, here not all the animals are on the run having been scared stupid by the sight and sound of gigantic and naturally frightening machinery. With the near-silent purr of the DJI drone Paul certainly had the chance to get ‘up close and personal’ with a number of his subjects and we can’t help but feel that this is just the tip of the iceberg, if it will still be there in ten years’ time!

  1. Reply Avatar for quadcopters Derrick May 20, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    I am going to have to follow Paul’s work now. I never thought of drones as helpful outside of a hobby or maybe to spy on someone but this is brilliant! I love wildlife and being able to get that close without diusturbing them will help us better understand the creatures of the world. AMAZING!

  2. Reply Avatar for quadcopters Kelly Adams May 21, 2016 at 12:22 am

    My son is heavily invested in animal life and he is only 11 years old! I show him this video and you will never guess what he wants for his birthday in July!.. LOL I had that one coming. This is simply amazing though. The animal world that we can view without our presence interrupting it is so mysterious and beautiful.

  3. Reply Avatar for quadcopters Sabrina May 21, 2016 at 12:51 am

    This is beautiful footage but people have been doing this for a few years now. What I want to see is a deep sea drone that can get this quality of video where humans have never been able to go! Paul does amazing work though, no doubt in that.

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