Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Video - or Live Theatre on Cathedral Green?

For anyone wanting another reason (other than peregrines) to come into Derby and enjoy the new Cathedral Green area, here's some information you might be interested in, taken from recent promotional leaflets:

Derby LIVE is proud to present its first Outdoor Theatre Season later this month, in the beautiful setting of Derby’s new outdoor riverside space, Cathedral Green. The season kicks off with Derby LIVE Community Theatre’s inaugural production of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, running from Wednesday 24 - Saturday 27 June, continuing the week after with Oddsocks’ Richard III, from Wednesday 1 – Saturday 4 July 2009.

Tickets available from Derby LIVE Box Office on 01332 255800, or by visiting Derby LIVE’s new
website With so much on offer, the new video clips and handy show suggestions will help you make your choice.

(Opera glasses may also be useful for peregrine-spotting during any intervals!)

Recognising that not everyone can come to Derby, we've bowed to pressure and collected together all this seasons video clips in one place. We won't charge you £5; we won't charge you £4; we won't charge you £3! No, just for you, it's absolutely free. Simply click the video clip link on the left side of the blog page, or follow this link.

44 comments:

Terry, Herts UK said...

Fascinating views from pud cam in the last few mins.

One of the juvies had some prey (collared dove?) which she was plucking and eating. Another juvie looking on.

I looked away for a few seconds & the prey had disappeared. I think she accidentally dropped it over the edge & can now be seen looking downwards & rather annoyed. "Damn, I hadn't finished with that!".

Sue in Bucks (Scout) said...

Hey, that drama on Cathedral Green sounds good - I can certainly recommend combining drama and peregrine watching. A couple of seasons ago, I had the brilliant experience of being in the audience at Shakespeare's Globe in London and seeing and hearing peregrines flying round the chimney of the old Battersea Power Station (now Tate Modern). So, do take those binoculars with you! Also, I have an idea that the cathedral bellringers may be performing sometime this coming weekend?

Karen Anne said...

It's great watching those videos again, esp. the banding one. (A couple seem to be missing.)

Sue in Bucks (Scout) said...

Good view of 2 birds on pudding cam

Sue in Bucks (Scout) said...

What a delight to watch those video clips again. I'd quite forgotten, the "homecoming" was on my birthday, what a really cool day (in several senses) for that to happen. Down here, it was the one "weather window" in the bad weather time - I was able to get out to my favourite pub (The Swan at Denham, if you want to know) for a birthday lunch. I'll be able to remember easily when to start expecting things to happen next year.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful free show! - and I note that someone stayed up late to do it!

Many thanks.

J.J. Derby

Phoebe said...

Where are the bird tonight I can't see any? I've been out birdwatcing today and come back to see the peregrines and they are out!

What a good idea this is to check the posts before allowing them to show on the blog. Good work!

Pax Canada said...

perigrine on the pudding cam watching the sun come up

Phoebe said...

There's an adult on the nest ledge, not sure which. No youngsters on view.

Sue in Bucks (Scout) said...

Birdie "up close and personal" on pudding cam

Pax Canada said...

falcon close up on the pudding cam

Karen Anne said...

Just when I was thinking boo-hoo, no peregrines in view, one appeared in the far part of the pudding cam area.

Phoebe said...

It looks like an adult on the pudding cam, watching the nightlife.

Pax Canada said...

youngster on the scrape

Sue in Bucks (Scout) said...

I found myself just about to write "birdie on the tray" (course, it's flown now!) and then wondered if anyone can offer identification tips? Is is just a case of see if there's a red leg band (for adult/juvenile) and check size (large=female; smaller=male) I couldn't see if there was a leg band, of course!
Looks like you have a very hazy start up there in Derby, due to the beautifully warm day (Midsummer Day at that) yesterday, I expect.

Tom Stephenson said...

Sue - to my untrained eye, the adults seem to be a lot darker at the moment, with more distinct markings around the eyes. So were' still watching, then? Especially in Canada!

Sue in Bucks (Scout) said...

Oh yes, Tom, still watching. I'll keep doing so as long as the project has the funds to keep the cameras and Internet service rolling! Obviously, there's not the massively exciting stuff happening now, but the birds will still be around for a while before going wandering off (going on perigrination, in fact!) The place to be at any of the sites is right there rather than on web-cam, but hey, the camera's a good substitute. You have a good point about plumage colour as well, you remind me there is a particular difference.
I shall definitely remember to check back early next February to see if the territory is being reclaimed.

Karen Anne said...

Sue, the juvies have vertical chest stripes, the adults horizontal.

Terry, Herts UK said...

There's a pretty good definition of how to tell the adults and juveniles apart here

But as Karen Anne said, the easiest way is to look at their chests (and eyes & bills).

Adults: Yellow bills and circles round their eyes; horizontal barring on chests.

Juvies: Grey/blue bills, vertical barring.

Having said that, it's sometimes not that easy on the webcams, especially when they turn their backs ;)

As I write, there's a juvie on the scrape. Looks like the youngest male, aka Tiddler.

Sue in Bucks (Scout) said...
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Sue in Bucks (Scout) said...

(I deleted and re-entered by comments - too many typos, as usual)
Thanks all for the adult/juvenile differentiation tips - hey, that barring is a really neat way. You'd never believe I was a mamber of Bucks Bird Club, would you? (Makes you wonder just how peregrine-less Bucks County Hall really is!!) For those who have been talking about fund-raising books, there's such a lot of basic info, like this that could usefully go in.
By the way, we were talking about grants the other day - I may have found something - it's certainly worth looking into anyway (and probably applying too - the worst they can say is "no")

Pax Canada said...

@Tom
Yes :) I continue to watch all year round and saw them come back when there was snow on the nest platform, I am 72, retired so have lots of time to watch

Tom Stephenson said...

Pax Canada - Isn't it great to be able to do that? I am not supposed to have the time (although I'm only about 14 years younger), but I still find it!

Pax Canada said...

@Tom
It really is I stumbled into the site in early 2006 and have followed it ever since, have seen the site grow in leaps and bounds
thanks to the wonderful team who started the whole thing :)

Pax Canada said...

Falcon on the pudding cam

Phoebe said...

@ Pax Canada

Thank you for your posts on when the falcons are in view. Every time I log on there are rarely any to be seen. It's good to know that you see them and let us know.

Jon Salloway said...

I have been working on my HD video setup this year and finally got one uploaded to vimeo.

http://vimeo.com/5279602

Phoebe said...

@ Jon

I watched the video you did of the peregrines but it didn't load properly, it didn't flow and kept stopping, could be my end but what a great video good an clear and very close up. Thanks for sharing. I will try it again later.

Ann ( Canada ) said...

I think that is Tiddler on the ledge at the moment. That one is usually hanging around not too far away.

Ann ( Canada ) said...

@ Phoebe
I had no trouble with the video so you may be right about it being at your end.
Looking forward to meeting you as the song says "See you in September"

Anonymous said...

Tiercel on the scrape.

Ann ( Canada ) said...

Yes now I think this one is Tiddler I see the difference.Wish we could identify them better. It's so difficult now worse if you are a beginner at this.

Anonymous said...

The adult peregrines have yellow feet and cere and a dark grey horizontal barring to the chest. The juveniles have blue feet and cere and brown vertical markings on chest. The adult peregrines also are a darker grey with more pronounced black facial markings.

Karen Anne said...

Jon,

What I could see of your video looked super - such closeups, but I also had it hanging up on me, to the point that I could only see things change if I clicked on the bar.

Can you put this on youtube? I don't have any trouble with those videos. That would be great.

Karen Anne said...

I did get to see some of the video, Jon. I was messing around with a download program in hopes that would avoid network delays (didn't work - the program only works with youtube, as it turns out) and then I clicked on embed this video at your web page and then on preview embedded video. That showed it on a small screen quite well.

The small screen was not so clear,but still an amazing video. Not to be watched while eating breakfast :-)

Maybe the size of the HD stream just overwhelms some computers.

Pam said...

I had no problem viewing the video and thought it was great. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for putting all video clips together, I enjoy watching every of them. Jennie, Hong Kong.

Sue in Bucks (Scout) said...

I've not had a moment to look at the video yet (am in the complex process of changing PCs) but if Jon Salloway's videos are one fraction as good as the photos he posted last year, they will be superb. Upon questioning him as to what camera he used, I went out and bought the same and although I now get reasonable pictures, they still fall far short of Jon's. There's clearly a lot more to it than just the camera you use. Jon, if you ever were persuaded to run a photography master class, particularly if some of the proceeds went to the project, I'd be there like a shot!

Anonymous said...

Like Pam, I had no trouble watching Jon Salloway's excellent video, - so many thanks , Jon, for making it available for us to see.

J.J Derby

Phoebe said...

There is a youngster on the pudding cam looking decidedly bored!

Nick B (DWT) said...

re. prey species I was given a feather by Colin the other day which has proved to be that of a cuckoo....identified by Ed D in Bristol (the expert on feather ID). This is a new prey species for Derby - but has been recorded elsewhere.
Nick B (DWT)

Tom Stephenson said...

Cuckoo??? Now I can see the extra work for next year's Peregrine team - instill the knowledge of endangered/rare species into the adults? Still, God works in mysterious ways, maybe the Cuckoo's activities have been rumbled at last!

Phoebe said...

Tom, I think you're right about the Cuckoo!

Anonymous said...

@ Karen Anne there is a check mark in that spot. I do not know what else to do I did re do it and clicked on save see if that has made a difference. I wonder if it has anything to do with where it says choose an identity? Maybe I am supposed to type in my google account instead of putting the dot in Name/URL ??????