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Unread post by Dean Harrison » Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:50 pm

Some of you may know, we shot some good Yowie Footage while on Expedition last weekend.

It was Bucks first time with one of the new Thermal Cameras, and he managed to get a good capture. In fact, its the best footage we have.

Thermals are a real game changer, and I think we are going to get a lot more footage as time goes on.

We will upload the entire Expedition, hopefully on Sunday (if this throat of mine doesn't get any worse). It's worth showing the Expedition and how/why we arrived at this location. I'll try to keep the entire thing down to under 30 minutes.

The footage is impressive. It doesn't go for long, but it's impressive.


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Unread post by Grantly » Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:05 pm

Looking forward to it Dean! AYR is getting better and better all the time. We appreciate the effort you guys put in. I'm hopeful of technology helping us more going into the future.

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Unread post by Desert Rose » Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:50 pm

Sounds exciting cant wait.
Thank you for all the effort AYR!!

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Unread post by David » Thu Apr 15, 2021 11:02 pm

Excellent.

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Unread post by Bear » Fri Apr 16, 2021 1:04 pm

Very much looking forward to seeing the footage. And a big thank-you for all the work you and the AYR Team do (respekt) (claps)

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Unread post by Simon Park » Fri Apr 16, 2021 11:19 pm

I just watched the video - convincing stuff. Those figures could only be people or something that's person shaped.

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Unread post by Dion » Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:21 am

Wow thats impressive alright, well done to all involved.

That FLIR is a game changer.
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Unread post by Thumper » Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:58 am

Well done team. That's great work Dean, Gary, Buck et al.

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Unread post by Thumper » Sat Apr 17, 2021 12:08 pm

I'll bet anyone $50 that whoever named that track "Stickland" did so after seeing all those sticks poking into the ground.

The name of the place is a clue.

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Unread post by aaq » Sat Apr 17, 2021 1:05 pm

Dion wrote:
Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:21 am
Wow thats impressive alright, well done to all involved.

That FLIR is a game changer.
The footage was captured using a Guide. They come in 17mm, 25mm, 35mm and 50mm focal length and also standard vs Pro versions. For the money - less than $5000 - they apparently easily trump the FLIRs, most of which are only illuminated night vision or pixelated thermal.

Dean, Gary, Buck, Shannon - can you give an idea of the focal length used and if it was standard or Pro resolution?

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Unread post by aaq » Sat Apr 17, 2021 1:45 pm

Dean Harrison wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 12:50 pm
Some of you may know, we shot some good Yowie Footage while on Expedition last weekend.

It was Bucks first time with one of the new Thermal Cameras, and he managed to get a good capture. In fact, its the best footage we have.

Thermals are a real game changer, and I think we are going to get a lot more footage as time goes on.

We will upload the entire Expedition, hopefully on Sunday (if this throat of mine doesn't get any worse). It's worth showing the Expedition and how/why we arrived at this location. I'll try to keep the entire thing down to under 30 minutes.

The footage is impressive. It doesn't go for long, but it's impressive.


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That's so good Dean, great work to the team. Buck is a perfectionist! He should be very proud.

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Unread post by Rusty2 » Sat Apr 17, 2021 1:58 pm

Nice work people , I never thought I'd see the day . Bravo !! (claps hands)

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Unread post by Dion » Sat Apr 17, 2021 2:15 pm

aaq wrote:
Sat Apr 17, 2021 1:05 pm
The footage was captured using a Guide. They come in 17mm, 25mm, 35mm and 50mm focal length and also standard vs Pro versions. For the money - less than $5000 - they apparently easily trump the FLIRs, most of which are only illuminated night vision or pixelated thermal.
Ok thanks aaq, I thought the Guide's were FLIR's..... just updated models.

Goes to show my current knowledge of thermals is limited.
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Unread post by Searcher » Sat Apr 17, 2021 3:13 pm

Amazing work by Buck, Dean and the crew. Well done!

This incredible footage represents a giant leap forward in the worldwide research of these creatures.

However, I couldn't help thinking of how valuable a low light camera that literally turns night into day would have been.

Locate with the thermal cam and then use a low light camera like the one tested in a post by Dion in back in 2018. They are probably even more efficient now!

For those that didn't see this gobsmacking 3 minute video, check it out and then imagine what could have been...
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Unread post by Dion » Sat Apr 17, 2021 3:26 pm

Searcher wrote:
Sat Apr 17, 2021 3:13 pm
Amazing work by Buck, Dean and the crew. Well done!

This incredible footage represents a giant leap forward in the worldwide research of these creatures.

However, I couldn't help thinking of how valuable a low light camera that literally turns night into day would have been.

Locate with the thermal cam and then use a low light camera like the one tested in a post by Dion in back in 2018. They are probably even more efficient now!

For those that didn't see this gobsmacking 3 minute video, check it out and then imagine what could have been...
Searcher I had totally forgotten about that camera yes you are right, what could have been.

But lets not take away the fact that Buck was able to capture some amazing footage none the less.
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Unread post by gregvalentine » Sat Apr 17, 2021 6:32 pm

It's been given a run at Sasquatch Chronicles https://sasquatchchronicles.com/.

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Unread post by aaq » Sat Apr 17, 2021 7:36 pm

Searcher wrote:
Sat Apr 17, 2021 3:13 pm
Amazing work by Buck, Dean and the crew. Well done!

This incredible footage represents a giant leap forward in the worldwide research of these creatures.

However, I couldn't help thinking of how valuable a low light camera that literally turns night into day would have been.

Locate with the thermal cam and then use a low light camera like the one tested in a post by Dion in back in 2018. They are probably even more efficient now!

For those that didn't see this gobsmacking 3 minute video, check it out and then imagine what could have been...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l30Tzkn96A&t=23s
(eek) (eek) (eek)

All I can do is use profanity and summon various gods and deities when I look at that. Incredible. F/4, 25000 iso.

I've been weighing up a Guide pro 17mm, slightly wider for my own safety, and it would be good to have a mate cover with a 35 or 50. You'd need to spot the target with thermal and then capture on the Sony.

Geez, that camera is incredible!

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Unread post by Hairy Kiwi » Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:03 pm

Nice to say the least.
That will sure take some explaining away as possums.
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Unread post by Shazzoir » Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:29 pm

I watched that sensational video this morning, and the hairs on the back of my neck and arms stood to attention. Massive goosebumps.

Did you SEE the SIZE of the upper limb, torso and head? The sheer thickness and density! And did you note that the heat signature was PURE over the entire being's body? Compare it with the pic of the team member taken later, where the heat map image makes obvious distinction of a clothed person? No such faded / covered heat from clothing in the two yowies! That has got to show that these were NOT people, unless they were BUCK NAKED AND MASSIVELY MUSCLED.

I am stoked for you all, this is a game changer and I am so damn happy and proud of AYR for setting the standard and bringing home the bacon on this trip.

I also thought that 'Stickland Track' was very aptly named, which might show how long this marking with sticks has been going on. Not sure how long the track was made, and then named, but hey, it's obvious to me why it got that moniker.

Buck, you legend, for working out how to work the cam, and being the lucky guy to capture this stunning evidence. <3

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P.S. Dean, I hope you are feeling much better by now :)
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Unread post by Dean Harrison » Sun Apr 18, 2021 2:43 pm

If you are looking for a Guide, aaq, we use the IR50's. We can get them for about the same price or a little cheaper than what's out there - so let us know, when the time comes. We just ordered another two.

They are an amazing camera and far better than the FLIR, in my opinion.


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Unread post by Ballbearingbird » Sun Apr 18, 2021 2:58 pm

start saving for one of these


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when its asleep in its hole in the ground ..it is to flamin lethal to wander around ...highly explosive and easily stirred so be sure you dont step on a ball bearing bird

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Unread post by Ballbearingbird » Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:02 pm

p.s. just sayin ...but i doubt you ever get a good capture with infrared ..its same spectrum they see with ...i reckon thermal is the way to go ...and obviously they are warm blooded ...
when its asleep in its hole in the ground ..it is to flamin lethal to wander around ...highly explosive and easily stirred so be sure you dont step on a ball bearing bird

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Unread post by Buck » Sun Apr 18, 2021 3:54 pm

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This was an amazing night.

I have been on many trips, trying to recreate what I experienced when I was 15.

This research isn't done alone, there was some tireless leg work by Dean and Gary and others over the last few weeks. That country is taxing and unforgiving.

To be honest, I just turned up like a rockstar after the roadies had done all the hard work.

The crew had located an access that was way easier than what they had been through. However, it was still gruelling trying to get that trolley all the way over to base camp. We never would have made it if the groundwork hadn't been done.

It got dark very quickly and we were still pushing that cart in pitch black. Reports state that the moon phase was at 5% waning crescent.

Camp was set up in short order and while the gents were cooking up a sausage fest, I had a quick tutorial on the Guide Thermal and off I went. While I had a head lamp on, I never used it. I prefer not using a torch.

My first heat signature was curious, it was located off the ground and had two heat signatures on either side of the tree. I estimate roughly 1.5meters above those I saw a rounded heat signature that was at odds with it being a possum or Koalas head, I perceived it to be looking back in the direction of camp.

I let the team know I was investigating, I was trying to rule out the obvious. When I saw a heat signature that strayed so far from the possum, Koala scenario I radioed back to the crew that it wasn't either of those. The second time I radioed, I believe I was made.

A rounded face, with forward facing eyes looked at me, ducked its head behind the tree. I saw the left lower heat signature disappear, then the right. Then I heard something jump down and settle.

All this was about two minutes in total, I kept the thermal rolling and worked the track left and right trying to locate the heat signature again. After 20 minutes, I hit upon some stump action. Again I let the guys know I was investigating something, it was very odd and behaving oddly.

I wanted to zoom in. To do this the operator needs to turn off recording and use the same button that selects a batch of filters, that are variants of the main filter you're currently using.

I did this, I zoomed in and I had lost what I was looking at completely. It took a further 2 minutes to find something in the direction I was looking. The field of view is now narrowed and any movement I make is exaggerated and terrible. When I finally locate a heat source again, it is the moment I have been waiting for.

I radio base and tell them it's large, human shaped and I would like a back up thermal to sight myself and confirm the source.

While I am doing this the creature is filling the view finder and I believe I am missing the shot. I instinctively try to zoom out as I have done on countless cameras and video recorders and have forgotten to stop videoing. All I do it use the rear button and cycle through another set of dominant filters. I get it back to the Iron setting and zoom out.

In this brief moment, Gary confirms he will move up the track and does so. In a split second both creatures look in his direction and leave in the other. They were so quiet, it was amazing. The exit isn't captured... regrettably.

The next 15 minutes is with lots of clips of bush, Gary and Shannon searching as well. Nothing shows up so, I radio in and let them I will bring the camera back for review.

I do a brief rundown to camera of what's just happened and Gary hooks up the camera via wifi.

A few clips in Gary pulls up a file, that has the footage. We are all aghast... probably none more than me as the footage is very clear. Much clearer than I experienced. I had not focused the diopter to my focal length and now have my glasses on.

The following morning on departure, directly in our path of exit, we were left a message by the Concierge of the bush. One tall stick shoved in the centre of the track, a short stick shoved to the side of the track, a glyph on the ground, and the classic X marker. This was the cherry on top of the Hairycake.

Beginners luck with this thermal, yes. However we are no beginners.

None of this is possible without people like Dean pushing the boundaries. I remember the FLIR he purchased in 2010... that was amazing. There is a photo of one of us on a phone call to Dean in China. He is away on business and we are telling him how fabulous his new bit of kit is.

He lends it to us for 6 months or so before we let him have it back. Generous is a word well suited to him.

This is the third Thermal unit he has bought for AYR and it was fresh out of the box and I was using it again. So thanks Dean for affording myself the opportunity to add to this field of research so we can share it with the rest of the clan of hopefuls.

The Thermal image is of me, taken my my brother in the bush, Gary Lynn.

It's when I am filming them.

A shout out to Shannon who was with us on the night and a lot of fun to be with. A big hug to Sarah who was with us digitally. A thank you to all the researchers who get out there and help, to the others that lend their expertise in other ways.

And a big thank you to Dean for coordinating this effort for years.

I will happily name these few frames - The Harrisson Stickland Footage.
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Unread post by Hominidhunter » Sun Apr 18, 2021 4:11 pm

Excellent work, there’s no need to edit your footage to keep it in a set time frame for people with no attention spans, personally I’d watch the prelude to the footage no matter the length. Please include a bit more of the conversations between each other in future trips, stay safe and well and keep up the great work (claps) (claps)

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Unread post by Ballbearingbird » Sun Apr 18, 2021 5:44 pm

i bet i know where the boys will be next weekend !
when its asleep in its hole in the ground ..it is to flamin lethal to wander around ...highly explosive and easily stirred so be sure you dont step on a ball bearing bird

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Unread post by Dion » Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:49 am

Shazzoir wrote:
Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:29 pm
And did you note that the heat signature was PURE over the entire being's body? Compare it with the pic of the team member taken later, where the heat map image makes obvious distinction of a clothed person? No such faded / covered heat from clothing in the two yowies! That has got to show that these were NOT people, unless they were BUCK NAKED AND MASSIVELY MUSCLED.
Thats a great observation Shazz.

Also I think the slight mishap of the filters changing from colour to black and white during the recording process, actually produced a better result for the viewer trying to decide what they were looking at which was undeniably a Yowie shaped form.
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Unread post by Ballbearingbird » Mon Apr 19, 2021 5:04 pm

Dion wrote:
Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:49 am
Shazzoir wrote:
Sat Apr 17, 2021 11:29 pm
And did you note that the heat signature was PURE over the entire being's body? Compare it with the pic of the team member taken later, where the heat map image makes obvious distinction of a clothed person? No such faded / covered heat from clothing in the two yowies! That has got to show that these were NOT people, unless they were BUCK NAKED AND MASSIVELY MUSCLED.
Thats a great observation Shazz.

Also I think the slight mishap of the filters changing from colour to black and white during the recording process, actually produced a better result for the viewer trying to decide what they were looking at which was undeniably a Yowie shaped form.
great call gunna check that out .............!!
when its asleep in its hole in the ground ..it is to flamin lethal to wander around ...highly explosive and easily stirred so be sure you dont step on a ball bearing bird

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Unread post by Mad Academic » Mon Apr 19, 2021 7:45 pm

I'd like to add my late congratulations for a very good piece of video evidence.
Well done to all involved.

I have 2 questions which I hope can be answered:

1) Is it possible to give details of the "hardware" used? Brand, model, technical details etc in case others might wish to kit themselves out with similar gear?

2) Had you considered the possibility of placing "gifts" of food near the stick structures as you were leaving? I believe this might be viewed favorably by "them" as you were (in one sense) "invading" their space. A small gift left behind might make them less apprehensive about any future visits. I believe they are intelligent enough to appreciate this and it is, after all, just courtesy.

Again, thanks for sharing the video.

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Unread post by Dean Harrison » Mon Apr 19, 2021 8:07 pm

Guide Track IR50

Price range between 3,200 to 4,200 depending which AU site you look at.

Beats the FLIR on all levels. Has WiFi. 5 or 6 colour gain settings. Red and Blue are to be avoided.

If anyone needs one - we seem to have a relationship with a supplier because we bought 4 units.


We have been back twice during the day.

Left a Rune symbol, such was left for us. With gifts.


We also played with what they left. Kept it interesting.

So - let’s see.

I’ll also note, on the night and the specific time of the recording, we were deliberately playing loud’ish music.

The experiment proved one thing. Everyone loves the 80’s.

If not for thermal, we wouldn’t have known they were there. What they were doing, seemed to be their thing. They didn’t look like they were paying any attention to us.

They obviously knew humans were there. In the hot colour, you can see the other one had its back to the guy picking something up. He was keeping a visual on theirs backs. Probably because of the human factor that night.


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