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I had a look at the satellite image and decided there was a good chance of some high cloud sunset action last night. And since I remembered to check early enough and since the airspace is still inactive over the holiday break – I decided to go to Jervis Bay and fly my quadcopter. I gave a bit of thought about where to go to because I knew I’d be flying out over the ocean and shooting back towards the land. Also I didn’t want to deal with all the tourists that are in the area at the moment. So after much chin-stroking over Google Maps I decided to park at Greenfields and walk through the Scribbly Gum track to Chinamans. What I failed to check was the wind forecast and when I got to the beach I discovered it was blowing hard. I decided to fly anyway, since I know the Mavic 2 Pro is very capable in high winds and, while I was anxious all the time it was in the air, it handled like a champ. By the time I brought the drone back in 25 minutes later it was getting seriously windy so I packed up. On the way out I decided to drop into Barfleur to see if there was going to be any back-lighting and while most of the cloud had gone there was a nice band to the north which coloured up.

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Chinamans Beach is the less well-known, but equally lovely neighbouring beach of famous Hyams. It’s one of a string of stunning beaches on the western edges of Jervis Bay.

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