The Bird Control Group based in The Netherlands has developed a new type of scarecrow called the Agrilaser which uses laser beams to spook birds. It is intended for use in agriculture to protect young seedlings and prevent contact between wild birds and farmed poultry. It can also be used to protect items from fouling by bird droppings.
The Agrilaser Autonomic is a fully automatic bird repelling system that deters birds permanently, once configured. This idea of deterring birds with a laser beam was inspired by nature. Birds perceive the approaching laser beam as a physical hazard. This triggers a survival instinct and causes the birds to fly away. The constant presence of the moving laser beam keeps areas free of birds 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you are a dog or cat owner you know already how they are fascinated by the moving spot of light from a laser pointer (cats especially). They see the light spot as something small and harmless to chase, but birds react differently; they see the approaching spot as a threat which triggers their escape reflex and makes them fly away from the fields and rooftops.