Saturday, 4 May 2013

LIVE! LIVE! LIVE! Plus an Update.....

With just one week to go before the hatching is due, the Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project is pleased to announce its latest development. Our new camera (Stream 1) is now also available with fully live sound and vision! We are calling this Stream 4.
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.

17 comments:

Helen said...

Just switched on the new live stream to see the male bird taking over from the female. There was a great view of the eggs, with lots of eechupping from the birds and the carillon playing in the background. Perfect timing!

José said...

Thank you very very much for the streaming camera !!! Have been waiting for it for years. Great !!!!

By the way, I'm watching the video with an ipad and Safari (no special browser needed).

Regards,

Joy said...

Just logged on to camera 3 and you can see Peregrine on eggs and the other peregrine sitting on ledge below with a little bird - which incidentally is still alive - poor thing

Aspirator said...

The live stream you implemented is awesome.

Anne said...

Fantastic viewing. Thank you so much for all the hard work you are doing, it's much appreciated.

Anne of Allestree

Sue Peregrino said...

Sorry to go off topic but bursting to tell Derby friends that Aylesbury has hatched!!! We sadly just have the one chick, but one peregrine chick is way way better than none at all. Anyone interested in our project will find a link to the webcam via Derby's links section and we Tweet at @bucksperegrines

Sue Peregrino said...

PS haven't even had time to look at your splend new streams yet - am looking forwad to when I actually manage to grab a moment to call my own! I know it'll be fantastic though and know what Nick B says that Nick M has worked his socks off will be true. Nick, I'm knitting you a new pair as I speak, maybe I should try to do a matching pair of socks and hot water bottle cover? :)

AnnieF. said...

Just a brief but whole-hearted Thank You for all the work you've done, with a special mention for Sockless Nick. This website with its 4 amazing camera views & the audio make Derby the absolute acme for peregrine fans, and the Twitter feed rounds it all off perfectly.

slumpy said...

Unbelievable. A pigeon on the other side of the scrape to the falcon, wandering around, the falcon staring at it

slumpy said...

Pigeon still there, now stood directly in front of the falcon on the edge of the tray. Falcon staring intently

Green Class said...

there was a pighin on the platform looking at the peregrin. They were both very suprist to see eech uther! the pighen soon flew off.

Peregrine Project Member (Nick M.) said...

Well done Green Class for spotting the pigeon and telling us about it.

Quite a few people have said they have seen pigeons or doves on the nest platform, or just beneath it. (But I miss it every time). It just shows what you can see when you keep alert! I wonder if you will me just as lucky to see one of the chicks hatch out. We think you should definitely keep watching on Friday or Saturday.

Sally LS6 said...

I put a pic of the pigeon (did you say it was a stock dove?) on your FB page yesterday; they were beak to beak!

Nick B (DWT) said...

There are three different species of pigeon on and around the cathedral with a fourth (the collared dove) also present sometimes but not seen on the tower itself as far as I recall.
The wood pigeon is easily identified by its white collar marks. It build nests of sticks and twigs on top of external stonework rather than in a crevice like the other two species.
The feral pigeon is derived from the wild rock dove and now comes in many different plumages. This is the bird that can be found in cities all over the country. It has broad blank bands across its closed wings whereas the final species, the stock dove, has very small, narrow bands. The stock dove also has lovely irridescent green or purple patches on the sides of its neck.
The 'pigeon' seen recently looks like a stock dove on the only photo of it on the flickr site (by Helen Sara) that I've seen so far.
Nick B (DWT)

Anonymous said...

Stock doves can be quite similar to rock doves (feral pigeons) but have quite distinct black beady eyes.

Anonymous said...

i hope your derby hatch soon and they are as healthy as our nottingham babies

Anonymous said...

I can't wait until the egg hatches. it will be exciting.

charlotte (aged 7)