Sunday, April 09, 2006

AWESOME!

(H/T: one of the Belweathers)

Oh. Wow. A nesting eagle on streaming video -- with sound!

This is set up on Hornby Island, on the West Coast. And the mic is sensitive enough to pick up sounds from other birds in the area.

The link takes a few seconds to load, then there's a very short commercial, and then you get live, streaming video of an aerie with two eggs and either Mama or Papa incubating. See if you can catch the changing of the guard, when they switch places -- both of them trying to occupy a space that's barely big enough for one!

There's a link below the video to a forum, and I found some interesting info there -- like that the eggs are scheduled to hatch around the third week in April. And how to tell if it's Mama or Papa on the nest.

The camera is live 24 hours a day, but there's nothing to see at night, so it's set up to replay daytime video at night.

Just awesome!

UPDATE: Some stand-alone short vids, courtesy of a nice person on a private members' site:

Changing of the Guard: mms://lin.me.uk/eagle/video/eagle_move_over.asf

Noisy: mms://lin.me.uk/eagle/video/eagle_2_noisy.asf

For some reason (possibly the "mms://"), I could not get the links to embed properly. Ah, well, you should be able to see them, anyway...

2 Comments:

Blogger DazzlinDino said...

I think I'm gonna bookmark that one, could be interesting. Great find Chim. Sorry I haven't been by much lately, still playing with code.....

Monday, April 10, 2006 8:09:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

I noticed that you're awfully busy over at your place -- looks like Tim's renovations bug was contagious! ;-)

Your boys ought to get a kick out of the two short links I just put up -- no, they weren't here last time you stopped by...

Monday, April 10, 2006 10:08:00 PM  

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