This was just the ascent and positioning flight for a still photo shoot I was doing at Big Pond (that's the actual name of the lake) in the Delaware Wild Forest of the New York State Forest Preserve in Andes, New York. I decided to record it because of the attractive autumn colors reflecting from the water.
Flying over water is always risky, especially in forests where birds of prey may decide that your drone is a threat and attack it. In that case, rapidly ascending is usually the best evasive maneuver. Raptors can't ascend as rapidly as a drone can.
Drones also have a difficult time sensing their distance over the surface and may attempt to land in the water if you get too close to the surface. Unless you wave a waterproof drone, You can minimize (but not eliminate) the risk with a drone float kit. You can also take the DIY approach and make drone floats out of pool noodles or styrofoam balls, and securing them to the landing gear.
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