I am playing around with an idea of using a near infrared camera to fly transects to count animals on the ground. I have been involved in such work earlier, but on bigger mammals and observer based from small planes only.
Does anyone know if a near infrared camera on a drone could give images which could give indications on the presence of an animal being warmer than the surrounding ground? The initial animals in question are birds (for example grouse) on the ground with late autumn temperatures (0-5 degrees centigrade). Other animals and background temperatures could be considered.