Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Web Cam Updates

    As you know I have three links at the top of my blog for web cams. Two are for a Peregrine Falcon nest and one is in a beaver lodge.


    The beaver lodge web cam has been a disaster. More has to be learned about beaver activity for a web cm to be successful. The beaver keep on mudding up the camera and filling the hole made by the camera. I guess the beavers can tell there is a hole in the lodge and they try hard to plug the hole. As a result I will take off the link for the beaver web cam.
Beaver out enjoying a delicious green lunch.
Photo by Judy Boyd


    The Peregrine Falcon web cam is much more successful. They have laid three eggs and that's all there will be. The eggs should hatch about the end of May or early June. There is an excellent chat room on this web cam site. One of the ladies who lives right next to the tower has taken a great interest in Peregrine Falcons. she's a walking encyclopedia on these birds. She goes out of her front door and looks up to the top of the tower with her field glasses. This chat room is very active and the moderator is excellent. The Telus Tower is 100m ( 300ft) high. The regular maintenance crew hauls up the nest box and other gear. They attach the cameras and plug into the power source at the top of the tower. The platform on the top of the tower is about  4 or 5m (20 to 25ft) square.  It can get pretty windy at that altitude and it's amazing to see the birds cope.
300 m not counting the tower on top.
Photo by Judy Boyd


    So there's some good and some bad on the web cam front.

14 comments:

  1. We have an eagle cam at our botanical gardens and it has been wildly successful - very interesting to see them up close. I hope to get a chance to visit the web cams you have listed...

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    1. A Eagle up close is a very huge bird. You remind me of an Eagle story I have. Thanks for the tip.

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  2. i'm laughing at how smart the beavers are. :)

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  3. Yes the beavers re smart enough to prevent the web cams from working. Beavers are rather plentiful in this area and can be a nuisance.

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  4. I tuned into the falcons but they were asleep. I left the beavers to their privacy.

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    1. Good idea. I don't watch web cams but belong to the organization that has these two. The falcons will be sitting on eggs until the end of the month.

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  5. Smart beavers! It's going to be so cute when the falcons hatch. Have a wonderful weekend Red, I'd best say that now because I don't have a clue what my second last weekend in Adelaide holds in store for me. Cheers.

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  6. I have sent this post on the several of my friends that love web cams of wild life!!

    http://hiawathahouse.blogspot.com/2012/05/web-cam-updates.html

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  7. Smart beavers "an understatement." Cute baby falcons, "Ya gotta be dreaming."

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  8. Those beavers are clever.. or perhaps they just value their privacy.

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    1. All the things you say and more.

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  9. I love the photo of the beaver - usually beaver are trying to swim from us and occassionally we capture a photo when out in the canoe. This is great Red. The baby falcons would be a bonus and great to see. I shall pop over to the web-cam and take a peek. I love to look at the wild life. We have a couple of eagle nests and I know where a few osprey nests are, however they are way out of reach for my camera. We have stopped on the highway to watch the babies with our binnoculars and it is just amazing.
    Thanks, this was just NICE.

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  10. My friend got the beaver photo. she's good and has some great equipment. We also have some Ospreys and they are awesome to watch when they fish.

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  11. It will be quite something to see when the Falcons hatch.

    Yes, the plow I posted is hand powered. It is quite old but it serves it purpose in making the rows in which to plant the seeds.

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