As you probably know by now, we’ve been able to repair the old camera (power supply was blown out, probably by a lightning surge), and have also installed a brand new camera that’s got it’s own microphone, and it’s own nighttime infrared illumination, and gets it’s power over different wires running up the tree. We hope that having all this redundancy will be like taking an umbrella along when you go for a walk… That’s the best way to make sure that it doesn’t rain, and we’re hoping that this will be the best way to make sure that our camera(s) keep going through the very “interesting” weather that we’ve had this year!
Beta testing is a polite way of saying “Here it is and it’s working great, and we’re really happy with it, but we really don’t know everything we should, so we’re just going to have everyone use it for a while, and then see whether it’s really ready for prime time!”
For example, we’ve put both feeds up on the front page, and we think that’s a good thing. Once there’s some action in the nest, it should be fun to be able to see it from more than one perspective. But the downside is that there will be just about twice the data being passed around for every viewer of the website. That might not be a good thing, so we’re going to just begin letting people use all this and see whether there’s issues. Please leave comments to let us know if you’re having problems viewing the streams on various devices.
Finally, you might be asking yourself what the heck is that log doing in the nest?? We asked the same thing and were wondering if perhaps a Pteradactyl was thinking about nesting and was bringing some big sticks in to fix up the nest. Fortunately, we’ve started the 24/7 recording on both cameras and we caught the incident. We’ll post some video of the arrival of the log. We knew that lightning and windblown water was a threat to the new camera, but this particular hazard isn’t something we were thinking about. Luckily it missed the new camera, and even more surprisingly, this large branch has a “V” on the end that meshes nicely with one of the tree branches, and instead of tearing out a big hunk of the nest, it’s sort of extended the “jungle gym” that young birds will be playing on as they think about fledging.
So now we’re on anticipatory, beta-testing, nest-watching, bird alert! I saw a large bald eagle in the area last week, and an osprey was in the tree as we went up to install the new camera. There’s all kinds of possibilities in the air – stay tuned!