Monday, June 04, 2007

OspreyCam Update

Good morning. I just got back from the field—dodging thunderstorms, counting birds, cooking over a camp stove. We had quite a successful trip, starting up two studies, and survey two islands.

As with all the cameras they take tweaking to get running correctly. As I can see from your comments, the camera didn’t stay live for too long after we launched it. I have logged into the computer and it appears to be locked up. I am working with the fantastic folks at FPL Energy Maine Hydro to get the problem ironed out.

If all goes as planned I should have it up and running later today. My only fear is that the computer has been hacked by some body—let’s hope that hasn’t happened.

Wing Goodale, BioDiversity Research Institute

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I haven't left a comment since the April nor'easter...so hard to believe that was two months ago! I check in frequently and always read everyone's comments and watch videos to catch me up ~ thank you all for that.

I am so excited about the osprey cam, as I live on Cape Cod and drive by at least one nest a day. There is an osprey nest at our high school with a cam set up, although it doesn't compare to BRI's (still shot updated every five minutes with no sound) but I like to check it out since I drive by it often. It has a view from above and it's funny to see what they've lined their nest with (they made it comfy by putting some sort of clothing on the bottom, and there is a mouthguard in there as well...they're very creative). I don't know how many eggs are in there, but there must be at least one. If anyone is interested the cam is on our school district's homepage at www.barnstable.k12.ma.us

I am very excited to learn more about loons, as I don't know too much other than how beautiful they sound. My family has learned so much from this website, and I can't say that about too many of them.

Wing, you have my thirteen year old son's dream job...he likes me to keep him updated on all that you're doing. He thinks it's pretty cool (probably most of us checking in think it's pretty cool too!).
Hope everyone has a great day,

Amy on Cape Cod

6/4/07
10 am

10:09 AM  
Anonymous J said...

BRI /Wing....As if you didn't have enough to worry about with stills not refreshing and live cams not being live, could you add this little thing to your list?.... The Eagle blog needs to be seperated from the osprey blog - I'm sure it's on your list already but just in case.....

Thanks so much
J in SP ME

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mon. June 4 10:50 a.m.
Finally the live video is up and running! WOW is the camera shaking in the wind.
Karen in Denmark

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Karen in Denmark
Forgot to say, there is no sound, should there be?

10:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wing: The live ospry cam is on now, but it is so rocky (moves back and forth so much) that it makes me seasick to watch it. Ugh! Is that the way it's gonna be? I couldn't even last the two minutes.

11:54 AM  
Blogger Karen J. said...

I'm not what anyone could term "computer literate" so I'm likely doing something wrong. When I was first led to the briloon site, I could navigate about with ease. I came on just shortly after the storm which destroyed the hatchlings. However, we watched anxiously while the adults appeared to be preparing to renest. When it became obvious this was not to happen, we were sad, but looked forward to the loons and, then, the ospreys.
For one such as I, several years retired, this was a wonderful way to while away a few minutes each day catching up. So, I sent a contribution hoping it would help to keep this site operating. Imagine my chagrin then when, hard as I tried, I can't get into the osprey site, nothing is happening at the loon site, and pretty much nothing at the eagle site.
Meanwhile, I discovered a site here in Minnesota which was wonderful. A gentleman who is "loony" like the rest of us, got a platform set up on a lake near his home, he then set up a camera nearby, and we've been entertained watching some very interesting loon action. The female laid 2 eggs, one hatched in the usual time and the other, several days later, is still unhatched and not likely to hatch. However, the adults and the one baby have hung around this entire time with one or the other adult sitting on that sad egg. The baby spends time either in the water with one or both adults, or in the nest likewise. This, apparently, is most unusual behavior but certainly fascinating for those of us who are keeping watch. We've watched an adult feed the baby and he's grown amazingly in just these few short days. It's quite funny to watch him scoot to the side of the platform and flop over the side into the water, something he does often and seemingly quite without fear.
So, one day soon, the Loons will give up their sad devotion to this faulty egg and I will once again try the BioD Loon and Osprey sites with better luck, I hope.
If anyone has any ideas, please help!!!!!!

12:31 PM  

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