Saturday, 10 May 2008

Video Clips from 2008

Derby on Saturday - so many great pictures from our webcams have been posted on Froona's blog over in Holland, that we need do no more than refer you to the latest entry by this peregrine expert, entitled "Derby on Saturday" The pictures below are from a great feed on Friday, watched by many people at 15:45 local time (BST).

Because our 24hr recording equipment is inside the Cathedral Tower, we can't bring you full video clips until sometime next week.

Here is a compilation of all the 2008 videos shown here so far. We'll add to this page during the season.

Video Mating 1 March 12 2008
Video Mating 2 March 12 2008
Video Courtship & Nest Scraping circa March 22
Video Courtship & Ee-chupping circa March 26
Video Is egg-laying near? circa March 26
Video First egg laid circa March 26
Video Mating Yet Again March 29 2008
Video Egg-laying moment April 04 2008
Video Two chicks revealed May 04 2008
Video Three chicks revealed May 05 2008
Video Feeding three chicks May 05 2008
Video The Moment of Hatching May 07 2008
Video Four chicks feeding May 08 2008

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Karen Anne said...

What cuties!

Like Dave in the previous thread, I'm wondering if the camera is distracting the Mom (or Dad) somehow. This is not the first time I've seen the parental unit repeatedly looking right at it. If there is an led, maybe it should be disabled or taped over when the someone goes up there next. Or, could the camera be making some noise or something when it changes mode?

Although I have seen the look at the camera behavior when the infrared doesn't seem to be going on and off.

Anonymous said...

Pax B.C. via Australia
feeding time for the little ones

Anonymous said...

8.00am feed
Ok everyone relax baby appeared to move from the back of the queue to the front during the feed. He/she seemed to get more than everyone!!
I sat and laughed at him. At one point I thought he was going to help himself!!!I don't think he will miss out. He seems such a character.

Project Member (Derby Museum) said...

In answer to concerns about disturbance being done to the birds by our cameras, I can assure everyone that the birds are not affected in any way. The parent bird does often look up towards the top of the tower where its mate is often perched, and sometimes towards the camera. Even if it were making noise all the time (which it doesn't) why should that bother our birds? They are clearly unconcerned about the bells ringing every 15 minutes.

yes, the IR illuminator does come on and off, as a result of the tower floodlights fooling the camera into thinking it's daytime when it isn't. To camera watchers it's as if a floodlight has suddenly been turned on or off - but the camera is seeing Infra-red light at a wavelength that the birds do not. On video clips they don't flinch, move or show any signs that this bothers them.
These are alert predators, noticing and watching everything around the. I'd be more concerned if they weren't alert. They raised two young last year under exactly the same conditions, so may I urge everyone not to get worried. To me they seem to be doing just fine.
Nick M.
Derby Museum & Art Gallery

Anonymous said...

Hi All
I think if you view the pictures only because they seem so close it appears the cameras are closer than they are.
Those of us lucky enough to be able to visit get a feel of the distance and are less concerned.
We also appreciate the noise of the busy city below (and the bells above)
It all looks so quiet up there!!This is not the case. Last year when the young fledge one spent some time one evening on a satalite dish above a full pub watching a football match with all the shouting and cheering and appeared totally unaware. We did wonder if it affected reception but did not like to go in and check!!!

tm said...

There's some quite detailed tech info about the cameras here:

As you can see, a great deal of very considerate thought has gone into this project. :)

tm said...

Hmm...looks like the url is too long to be posted here so let's try this one:

The scroll down the page and you will hopefully see another link that's entitled

"technical info on the webcameras and platform"

Anonymous said...

12.14p.m feeding time!!! All look great!!

Anonymous said...

If yo go to their main "Project Page" at youll find a link to the technical page at the end of the first paragraph on "Background" by the picture of the Cathedral. There also a link to the same page on the far left navigation column - under Environmental Projects.

Rose said...

I'm not receiving any sound when viewing the webcams although it comes over clearly when playing the videos. Fantastic site so addictive.

Karen Anne said...

Feeding time, hard to see if the little one is getting anything, so it was good to read that he or she did earlier. S/he's often at the back and even facing backwards.

Anonymous said...

I love wathching the peregrines feed. I just cant wait to get up in a morning and check to see if my frantic 4 are all ok.

Anonymous said...

feeding time!!! 16.42 uk time.....weekends is the only time i get a really good luck as there's a 5 hour time difference here in canada and by the time i get home from work it's dark in the uk!!
beautiful sight....

Ash said...

One thing about the late arrival is that it gives an indication of how quickly the chicks are growing..number 4 looks very small compared to the rest of the brood

Froona said...

Number 4 was born almost 3 days after nr 1 and 2. Considering the (enormous) age difference it's doing fine. And it does get food. But comparing to for instance the eldest it needs less.
There is enough food around, so it will be fine.

Eyases are born blind and the eyesight is not setting in until they are about 3-4 days old. So the little one is just getting it's eyesight. And will be more able to see where he is.

It will be allright.

Pics of today and slideshow of course on My Blog


Karen Anne said...

I'm always somewhat stunned at how fast they grow. Look at the 19 day old chicks of De Mortel on Froona's blog, almost as big as the parent in the photo.

Fran ..Warwickshire said...

Its been a wonderful day, weatherwise and i feel very honoured that today everytime ive clicked on the web cam the chicks are being fed by either mum or dad or both.
Its amazing that with them being so young they seem to be taking on their own identities already.
It sure does make amazing viewing.

Anonymous said...

Visiting the cathedral this evening (about 7.00 pm) we saw the female feeding the eyasses (really all we saw was her back and head bobbibg up and down above the edge of the platform). After a few minutes, the male flew in and perched on the right hand gargoyle. The female flew up to perch next to pudding cam but out of its line of sight.

Moving positions to get a better view, we lost track of the male but later saw him butchering a carcass in one of the caches at the top of the louvred window directly above the nest. He then flew up to the gargoyles and ate a portion, ignoring his mates calls. She flew back to the nest (in disgust?).

Sticking out from the cache is a large wing tip, barred black and brown - possibly Woodcock or Snipe? Perehaps someone with better ID skills than mine might be able to give an opinion?

Andy & Chris M

Karen Anne said...

Ee-chupp! Yeah, my DVD came today. It's wonderful. I was so mesmerized by the opening, it wasn't until it stopped playing that I realized I had to click play film :-)

kathyj (Hove, E Sussex) said...

Hi Ann

Just wanted to thank you for your advice on how to capture the screen shot. It worked. I may need to get better at editing, as I still have a huge white area around the part of the webcam view I selected. Thank you.

Nick Brown (DWT) said...

Just checking the Clustrmap and I see we have web cam viewers really all over the world. Countries now seem to include Sudan, Gulf States, Turkey, Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, Norway, Canary Isles, Malta, Cyprus, Greece, Japan, malaya, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Jamaica, Peru and Hungary to name but a few! If you are watching our birds in one of these more remote or unusual spots on the planet, why not send us a comment telling us a bit more about yourself and why you are watching?
Some folk will be Brits on holiday perhaps (as when I logged on recently in Slovenia) but others will be nationals....
Do get in touch (also if I have left your country out of my (partial) list!)
Nick B

tm said...

Incredible pics from pudding cam between about 1000 and 1025 this morning. The male had been sitting on the ledge patiently for ages. Then suddenly he's gone, only to return seconds later with a large bird firmly in his grip.

A bit gruesome but fascinating to watch.

If Froona hasn't captured these pics, I'll publish some on my blog later.

Anonymous said...

Hi Nick, you asked about unusual viewing locations. Well, I can't claim Timbuctoo or anything exotic like that but, as you know, when at work I sometimes sneak a quick look. Work being a Magistates Court "somewhere in Bucks" - but I hasten to add, NEVER a courtroom, that would be unforgivable. No, it's just my own back office. Oh dear, on second thoughts, I suppose I do tend to give the game away with my sign-off! No sign of of the Aylesbury peregrines - but runours of a pair elsewhere in Bucks, maybe "our" Aylesbury pair! Thank goodness for Derby!!!!
Sue H, Wendover

Anonymous said...

It's feeding time again!

The chicks are so sweeeeet :)

katja said...

:D thanks Nick's good idea!
I check the clustermap and see there are two dots on Taiwan...WOW~ nearly cover our little island!

I guess the bigger dot shows my friends in Taipei (some of them must be busy with the similar project of birds of prey in this season).

Another dot in middle of Taiwan may my colleagues. We want to use webcam in our nature center as well.

But now i am in the UK, maybe i can say HELLO to them through this board~:P

Anonymous said...

Hi Nick,

Hello from Jennie of Hong Kong, as usual, I'm still here checking out your site and watching our birdie every day! Amazing job from you guys in Derby! Thank you. Jennie, HK.

Anonymous said...

Hi, This is Stephanie in Ontario, Canada. I got hooked on the peregrines last year when I was living in England and now I'm back in Canada I'm still hooked!! It's a wonderful sight - even more so as it's Mother's Day over here today (May 11th)...nothing better than watching Mum with her babies.

audrey (London) said...

16.20p.m. have been watching either mum/dad? on cam 2 plucking a bird - switched to other cam to see mum/dad? looking upwards as if to say 'come on I'm waiting'!! Riveting stuff. must go back and check to see if the food has been delivered.

audrey (London) said...

16.37 p.m. Guess on the right hand cam it was 'Dinner for one'!!!

Anonymous said...

16.43/5 I think the meal is just being plucked! Though I have seen a couple of other birds flying in the vicinity. Presently 'on watch' with no feathers flying

Anonymous said...

16.55 camera time Food being served to 4 eager 'customers'

Anonymous said...

16.48p.m. Feeding the flock!!

John A said...

06.18 CT 4 eyases desperately waiting for more food! Please!!!

Anonymous said...

Mum has just arrived with what appears to be a fresh kill. (6.35) It looks like a Moorhen to me. She is now feeding it to them.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Froona for your "Derby on Saturday" entry - brilliant work. I'm just catching up on evnts after a busy weekend. Still no peregrines down here - but had a great visit to Tring reservoirs where we saw a few HOBBIES and a couple of red kites, so we don't do too badly. In fact, our bird species count was 32 yesterday. Nobody has any info yet on where "our" pair have gone - or indeed even if they ARE a pair!
Sue H, Wycombe

Rose said...

Does Bolivia count as an exotic place? My daughter is viewing the peregrines from there although it hasn't appeared on the map yet.

welsh wayne! said...

Hi talking of exotic places, i am from derby but working in Abu Dhabi in the middle east, i watched last years chicks from derby and am now logging on in work here as much as i can! Great work by all involved and nice to look out from the other camera to see the weather!!

Anonymous said...

pax B.C (via australia)
babies all alone

Anonymous said...

WOW that's going to be a big meal!! well... there ARE four hungry mouths to feed :)

John B (not the sloop) said...

Moorhen on the menu eh...

I once saw a male Peregrine struggling with a heavy load (collared dove I think) and losing height drop it into the River Wye right into the middle of a group of three Mallards. This caused some alarm and despondancy among the waterfowl as you might imagine.

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