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Whirly Bird

Season 2

Those living on the land are no strangers to working in the most spectacular of locations. However, few can say their office offers a birds-eye view of landscapes like the breathtaking Pilbara or the desolate plains of the Nullarbor. My guest today is a helicopter mustering pilot who has turned those remarkable vistas into a successful photography business called Whirlybird Photography. The man behind the lens, Jack Poplawski joins me now to discuss:

  • Some of the magnificent places Jack has flown over and his favourite location.

  • How the beautiful Australian landscape changes with the seasons.

  • Jack grew up on a farm and shares how he ended up as a helicopter pilot.

  • For the past 6 years, Jack has worked from his helicopter mustering stock and describes an average day.

  • Learning to read the land and knowing where to lead the stock, without putting strain on them.

  • Seeing the spectacular landscape, Jack combined his passion for photography and started ‘Whirlybird Photography’.

  • Some of the most impactful images he has taken and, why he started in the first place.

  • The all-encompassing nature of the work – but Jack wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • The community of people he has met along the way is what Jack loves most about working in this field.

  • Common misconceptions about being a helicopter pilot.

  • The future for Jack and his helicopter.

We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers with Angie Asimus.



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