Sunday, 28 October 2007
Thursday, 25 October 2007
Saturday, 20 October 2007
Although we know our Peregrines will feature on BBC TV next Wednesday evening in "The Nature of Britain", viewers will only see this if they receive their regional broadcast from the East Midlands transmitter. However, we have since learnt that the associated programme that follows on immediately afterward on BBC Four at 10pm on 24th October will include stories of urban wildlife from around the UK, including Derby's peregrine falcons. Its called "The Nature of Britain - a User's Guide", and is presented by Chris Packham. You can find out more about some of the places in Derbyshire that are featured in this new TV series by following this link on the BBC Derby website.
The BBC came to collect back their video recorder last week, and what service it has given us during our first season online! Whilst the live cameras gave us an up-to-date idea of what is happening at the nest at any moment, our recorder with built-in hard drive was recording all the action for us to review and burn to disk. By the end of the season we had over 130 precious moments captured forever, some of which you can see by following these links to video clips.
A review of the last four days of recording in October clearly shows our adult female returning to the nest platform every morning, just as dawn breaks. I would guess that this is reinforcing her and her partner's claim to this particular ledge. On October 9th we captured out last video clip. It showed the female picking up small stones and actively nest-scraping for a few moments, not so much in preparation for next season, but perhaps a simple expression of her innate nest-building programming. But it's a good sign for next season. We plan to purchase our own video recorder for next season.
Behind the scenes we are working on developing an hourly image archive for the webcams. Once operational, this should let users to look back on on past moments, and should be a great tool for school groups who might want to select images for study. More on this later.
Into The Light
Many of us will have seen the excellent photos, like the one above, taken by Jon Salloway. Now, one of Jon's best pictures of a peregrine graces the front cover of a new book of poetry which has just been published in Derby. Called "Into The Light" this is a compilation of recent work by a Derby group of poetry-writers. Open the booklet, and inside is the superb poem by Ray Woodland about our peregrines which we've featured here before. One of the group members, Fay Saxton, has asked me to tell you that the group, known as "pm Poets", meets regularly at Derby Central Library and always welcomes new members. The compilation is now available for £2.00 plus 50p. p & p. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your copy."
The video stream froze at 13:51 on Oct 20th - we'll get this fixed as soon as we're able.
Monday, 1 October 2007
Here are all the YouTube videos from the 2007 season that we've posted on our blog during the year:
- Erecting the nest platform in 2006 filmed: April 2006
- Clip 1 First camera pictures Part 1 of 2 filmed: 21 Feb 2007
- Clip 2 First camera pictures Part 2 of 2 filmed: 21 Feb 2007
- Clip 3 A Bit of a Scrape filmed: 8 March 2007
- Clip 4 No Food For Junior filmed: 19th March 2007
- Clip 5 A Tasty Morsel filmed: 22nd March 2007
- Clip 6 The First Egg filmed: 3 April 2007
- Clip 7 The one day old chicks are fed filmed: 11 May 2007
- Clip 8 Rat on the Menu! filmed: 3 June 2007
- Clip 9 Let's Poo on Mum! filmed: 5 June 2007
- Clip 10 Peregrine Watch Point Activity filmed: 10 June 2007
- Clip 11 First Juvenile Fledges filmed: 23 June 2007
- Clip 12 Fledge from the Ledge filmed: 25 June 2007
- Clip 13 Sniper filmed: 15 July 2007
- Clip 14 Death Wish Pigeon filmed 1 Sep 2007
To play the video, find the image in each diary entry containing the triangular "play" icon. Click this to play video.
Follow this link for technical information on the webcameras and platform at Derby Cathedral.