|Now you can watch and listen live - See link to Stream 4|
So now Derby's amazing peregrines can be watched and listened to 24 hours a day - just in time to capture the excitement of next weekend's hatching day. We know this is going to be popular, so we have arranged a contract allowing for up to 100 users to view at once during the nesting season. Our other three webcam streams will still be available all year round, of course. See our Webcam Tab, or the Quick Links on the right.
As well as hearing all the noises coming from our falcons as they change shift whilst incubating, or later on when they bring in food to the new chicks, you'll also have the opportunity to be utterly deafened every quarter hour when Derby Cathedral's bells ring out. And at 9am, noon and 6pm you'll also hear the carillon - a giant musical box - play tunes on the ten tower bells.
|Appealing - now you'll hear Derby's loud bells on our new webcam feed.|
To help us keep within our bandwidth allowance, after 8 minutes you will be redirected away from Stream 4, back to a peregrine page on Derby City Council's website. So, to watch again, simply hit the 'Back' button on your browser to view or listen for a further 8 minutes, and so on. You may also need to refresh the page (by pressing F5) if the video doesn't start, or a warning notice appears. Some viewers on corporate systems report only seeing a black rectangle, and no video. We suggest trying a different browser if this happens to you, or speak to your network managers.
Many Apple users (with iOS) are finding PuffinBrowser ideal for watching our other streams which need Flash Player. So those of you with iPods and iPads should now have no excuse for not watching Derby's most iconic of birds on its nest. Do leave a comment if you have difficulty viewing any of our streams.
Very soon there will also be a chance for visitors to Derby to watch the cathedral peregrine webcams from street level, too. But we'll tell you more about that next week. Meanwhile here's some video footage of a recent changeover during incubation. Note the size difference between the larger female and the smaller male.
And here's a screen grab taken by Charlie W a couple of days ago showing all four eggs as seen from the new (Axis) camera.
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Note by Nick B: all this new work (and this blog post) has been undertaken by Nick Moyes, working his socks off behind the scenes.
UPDATE: Hello to all our new friends - both adults and children - who came to our frantically busy stall at the annual Family Activities Open Day at Derby University today (attendance 2,500 people apparently and it sure felt like it!). Thanks also to Ruth and Neil Long who helped out magnificently, helping children to crayon peregrine masks and answer simple questions about peregrines.