Part 2 of story - continued from last night’s post...
After taking these shots and after I’d been following the whales for a fair distance, I reached critically low battery level on the drone. Time to get back home QUICK! I’m 780m from home so I should make it back. Now...where is home? I’m on the headland, so a quick look through the drone camera...there! There’s the headland! Full throttle...gotta get these shots back home, baby! A minute or 2 later and I’m almost there. The battery is pretty low, but I’m gonna make it...aaaand yes! Made it to the headland! Now where am I...wait...why does it say I’m still 738m away? Oh #%$&!...wrong headland! Battery really low now...OK now I have a choice - Land where I can and walk about 1km to hopefully find the drone...or turn and fly the 738m back to where I am on the OTHER headland! (Holy crap those whales swam a long way in the time I was following them!). OK screw it. I’m gonna fly back! Still a bit of battery...but now I’m pushing into a headwind! The drone is really struggling to move...I drop down low to duck beneath the high wind...OK that’s better...now we’re moving. Battery check...crap...really low. No choice but to push on...but now I’m over water! My drone struggles through the wind back toward me with all the photos I just took. WHALE photos!! Oh, God...I can’t lose them! Maybe I SHOULD have landed on the other headland! Just need to keep pushing that throttle forward...come on!!! Battery seems OK...dangerously low, but not draining too fast. I think we’ll make it! At one point I might have snapped the controller stick I was pushing so hard...got to calm DOWN! OK...200m...150...come on... YES!! Thankfully, I made it back with less than 8% battery to spare. PHEW!! Definitely high risk!! But...here’s the result!
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