Thursday, November 16, 2006

Cam info from Steve at NCTC

Thursday Nov. 16

Here's some news you folks have been waiting for:

We met yesterday on getting the cam going.

We are going to outsource the web access this year to allow the still cam a much better refresh rate than the 30 seconds that our network folks afforded us last year. I've mentioned to a few folks that we face significant hurdles regarding network security and bandwidth limitations, and we believe this approach gets us past these issues. We are working through the contracting now, and have targeted Dec. 6th as the start date. We will strive to hit that target.

We will also experiment with a wide shot camera along with the existing cam. We recently got a brand new microwave receiver which should help with cam reliability.

The live video will start on or around February 1, and will stay on through the end of July.

We are also looking now at technology for next season that will improve the cam, and add audio. Based on the behavior of these eagles, we figure we only have a couple of weeks window in August to make the improvements.

The cam has been on here for a few weeks now, and we have watched the eagles slowly preparing the nest with new sticks.

I know that this has been a long haitus, but hang in there and we'll be up soon.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Some Old and Some New

This is officially our First Picture of the New Eagle Season. Thank you Suzanne who was at NCTC last weekend and took this photo for us. You can see BOTH Liberty and Belle side by side on a branch above the nest they have worked very hard to refurbish. it is also much bigger than when Suzanne saw it just two weeks earlier. Stay tuned, You will know just as soon as the cam is on.

At bottom of post is a 5 min. video best viewed on a High Speed connection. It is similar to the shorter version published a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to see "Our Eagles AGAIN" so I figured lots of you do too! To view this video on You Tube in Full screen click go HERE

Click on the large square Farthest to the Right at the bottom of the You Tube control panel to view it in Zoom mode.

The feed available here on the New Blogger Beta right now is ONLY Daily Motion as shown next on this post.

Bald Eagle Nesting Nursery
Video sent by glo77

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Places to get an Eagle Fix while you wait:

I have been hoping as I am sure that many of you have that our Eagle Still Cam would be on by now. There has been no further information since Steve's entry on the BLOG on Oct 25, which I sent out in the last Feed Blitz. All I know is that every day that passes, we are 1 day closer to Our Eagles, and they are one day closer to Eagle Season 2007.

I had pretty much wanted to keep this BLOG just about the Eagles our of NCTC in Shepherdstown WV., but I also want all of you to be familiar with how the Feed Blitz works and know that the subscriptions are in fact set to go. There has also been a good dozen new subscriptions since the last feed, so I want them to see how this will work as well. It won't be too much longer hopefully til we are enjoying the events of our Eagles on here. Many of you know the rest of this info, but some do not so to keep in touch I am sharing it for all. Those who BLOG or Lurk at the Eagle Cam Blogspot have come up with ways to pass time while we wait.

Many visit other Wildlife Related webcams, and as a result we now have started a Photo Contest for Photo of the Week/Month. Those who want to participate are sending in daily Photos to be posted for others to vote on. The top voting photo each week, will enter into the Contest for the Photo of the Month for which there will be a Prize of some type awarded. I have discovered...actually I already knew, we have some pretty creative thinkers and it seems to be a fun way to share some of what is out there to enjoy. Take a Look. Consider joining in on the fun with Photos or casting a vote.

It is the surfing around looking at Wildlife Web Cams that enables me to share with you the "other" eagle related sites. 3 of them have had eagles available off and on all year, and seem to be frequently visited by eagles now as the thoughts of a new season and refurbishing the nest become a part of the schedule for the Adult Breeding pairs. We are frequently enjoying the Eagles that drop by the Osprey Nest at Blackwater Refuge. There is an active eagle cam at Maine, one out of Washington Coming online hopefully Monday, or definitely early next week is another Cam from Florida. Any day now I am looking forward to a Feed Blitz that says Our Eagle Cam is up and running and waiting for you to come and enjoy! Hang tough and keep those Eagle Eyes in Good Shape.