Have you ever counted sheep to fall asleep? If so, you will probably find it very relaxing to watch a recent viral video showing a fascinating aerial time course of more than 1000 sheep grazing in grasslands.
On the footage, recorded by a drone hovering high above its head, the sheep’s small bodies swirl, ebb and flow as the herd moves through gates and over fields and pastures. Drone photographer Lior Patel captured footage in Peace Valley near Yokne’am, a city in northern Israel, and the accelerated time-lapse video quickly went viral after he shared it on Facebook June 26.
Over the course of seven months, Patel observed and shot drone video of the herd ̵
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The project started on January 2, when Patel sat down with the herd of shepherds, whom Patel identified by the only name Mustapha, to talk about filming the sheep with a drone, Patel said. The sheep inhabited winter pasture until the weather became too hot and the grass dried up, after which they moved to the summer pasture.
“I started coming there once every two weeks,” Patel said.
The first time Patel visited, he observed the herd, and found out the elasticity of the herd “and how it spreads and contracts,” he said. When Patel was ready to start firing, the shepherd would indicate the direction the herd was likely to move in, and Patel then sent his drone into the air, waiting for the sheep to pass under, monitoring the drone camera through an app on his iPad.
But trying to predict exactly where the sheep would go was often hit-or-miss, Patel told WordsSideKick.com.
“At first it was very difficult. I assumed they would go left, and they went right. I did not see the logic of the sheep movements,” he said.
Drone videos can detect landscape features that hide ancient hidden ancient structures, for example a Stonehenge-like mound in Ireland and 2000 year old desert carvings, both discovered in 2018. Drones also capture stunning views of natural phenomena that are too dangerous for people to approach closely, such as the eruption of Iceland’s Fagradalsfjall volcano in March.
Footage from drones has even made it possible for scientists to identify hotspots in radiation Chernobyl by finding sites with high levels of pollution not yet identified on official maps, Live Science reported earlier.
Researchers have also used drone footage such as Patels – overlying views of large herds on the ground – to better understand how animals behave collectively. Researchers studying migratory caribou in Canada recorded the animals from the air to observe how social interactions between individuals affected the overall herd movement, according to a 2018 study published in the journal. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.
“New technologies, such as drones and data views we used in our study, are very exciting because they allow us to collect motion data about each individual in a group at the same time,” said Andrew Berdahl, co-author of the 2018 study. . (Berdahl, assistant professor at the University of Washington’s School of Aquatic and Fishery Science, was a postdoctoral fellow at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico at the time of the study.) “This means we can now address the important role that social interactions play in guiding traction movements, “Berdahl said in a statement in 2018.
In fact, data from Patel’s sheep movies could be used for scientific research one day, he told WordsSideKick.com.
“As a videographer, I did this just for the beauty of it,” he said. “But there is interest in the raw recording as data. When you play the recordings at normal speed, you can find certain movement patterns in the flock itself.
“I did not realize it when I shot it,” he added, “but now I understand why people are interested in it as data, not just as a so-called beautiful video.”
Originally published on WordsSideKick.com.