Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Platform maintenance work

Now the cold weather has finally left us, we plan to abseil down Derby Cathedral's tower later this week to do some maintenance work to the nest platform and cameras. This isFlash-back to 2006 when our peregrine platform was first installed quite a bit later than we'd hoped, but it still won't interfere with the birds drive to nest here again.

We will probably disconect the live internet feed whilst we are dangling around in front of the cameras for an hour or two on Thursday. It's all subject to the weather being kind to us, of course, but as usual we've informed the police in case anyone reports unusual activity near a protected species. The two Nicks shown here installing the platform back in 2006 don't want to get "nicked" - it'll simply get too confusing, espcecially as there will be two further Nicks helping out on the tower that day, too!

Here's an old YouTube video clip we made back in 2006 when we first installed installed the platform, and life for many of us was never quite the same again!

11 comments:

Kallen305 said...

I am very happy to have discovered this blog and can't wait to track the progress of the falcons!

Project Member (Derby Museum) said...

Welcome, Kallen305.
I'm sure some of our readers would be pleased to see you're following peregrines in your home town in Massachusets on your own blog:
http://kitchenwindowbirder.blogspot.com/2009/02/peregrine-falcon-weekly-update-feb-17th.html

Nick M.

Karen Anne said...

Peregrine on the nest box.

Thanks, guys, for all the hard work you do for the birds.

Karen Anne said...

Kallen,

Neat blog! I like starlings too, here is a photo of some taking a bath en masse on the first day with above freezing temperatures in awhile:

http://members.cox.net/katkolling/emailmodP1000526.jpg

LYNNE said...

Hi Kallen & Welcome to the 'Derby Peregrine Project'

Enjoy!

Ann (Canada) said...

Some fancy foot work there Nick Must say almost as interesting as the birds ha ha ha. Be careful would not want to see you going flying off.

Anna said...

I hope that's quick drying paint - our pregrines don't want sticky feet! - Very entertaining - I hope they appreciate all the hard work!!

LYNNE said...

Wow! The nest box looks pristine!

Hope all went well? Did the peregrines spot you? Did they show there annoyance?

An excellent Job done..Well done guys!

Anonymous said...

pax Canada 9.51am
Wow! tuned in this morning to see
the platform all cleaned up, well
done, yes I can see you would let the police know what you were doing, you would not want them stopping you and saying "your nicked" :-)

Anna Flintstone said...

Ha, ha, ha - very good!!

LYNNE said...

Nice One Pax...

We wouldn't want them doing 'Bird' for 'Cleaning & Climbing With Intent'