|New peregrine platform ready to be installed|
Massive thanks are due to Nick Evans who made the new platform, to all the helpers (Tim, Pam, Derek and Ellie - mostly from Derby's Oread Mountaineering Club). Nick Moyes masterminded the operation and the installation of new cameras, whilst Nick Brown crawled around inside, feeding through cables and carrying materials up and down the spiral staircase more times than he cares to remember.
|Preparing to abseil down to the platform.|
Nick Evans even had some festive tinsel on his helmet!
|Pre-planning is always the key to a successful and safe installation event.|
|The old platform comes down, guided by ropes to prevent rotation and snagging.|
|Nick's Moyes and Evans do a platform selfie|
as they hang by their ropes!
|Attaching the new platform|
|Nicks Moyes and Evans fix the new|
platform in place.
|Nick Evans, festively attired, removing the hauling tapes|
Please note that, despite all this work yesterday, we will not be able to get pictures from these cameras out to you for some time yet. It it now all depends on how quickly the City Council and Connect Derby can work together to reconfigure our network connections to get our video signals out to the internet. These have been down since changes were made in late November. We may then find we still need to readjust final camera positions, as yesterday we could could only set them roughly into position, with no opportunity to view the pictures as we did so. With nine months of building work due to start on the nave roof of Derby Cathedral on 3rd January (which will completely cover it in scaffolding and sheeting), we will probably have to accept that any final adjustments or problems we encounter can only be resolved next summer when the covering comes down.
More on all this later.......
Meanwhile, here's the view the peregrines get from the tower top looking east towards Nottingham.
With the addition of the cathedral's floodlighting, the scene is both bright and has many moving lights too from the traffic below. This is the backdrop against which the birds do their night time hunting.
At this time of year (and with the winter solstice only two days away now), the nights are very long and the days short. No wonder the peregrines take to some 'easy-to-see' floodlit preying!
|Night time peregrine eye's view looking East|
from the top of the tower. New Premier Inn on
right, river with reflections just behind with series of square
lights in the footbridge that runs over it
|Looking south down Irongate towards|
the Market Place.
|Derek and Nick E coil up the ropes after the two abseils.|
|Dead (uneaten) redwing found in one of the lead|
troughs where it had been cached by the birds. The remains
of a woodcock and another redwing were also found.
The Peregrine Project Team