Thursday, 30 July 2015

Djuma Waterhole Cam: An Update

The Djuma Waterhole camera has been experiencing sound problems recently. The WildEarth.TV crew on the ground has managed to get to the site of the camera and assess the situation. A longer ladder is needed to get to the camera housing to check the status of the mic and do the necessary cleaning of the lens.

WE apologises for the delay in resolving the issue. All your patience and support has not gone unnoticed, and thank you for continuing to do so. We hope to have it fixed and fully operational for all our amazing viewers to enjoy, soon.

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

#EagleWATCH: Branching Bald Eagles

The young eagles have begun to branch, with the siblings in the White Rock nest, Kilo and Lima leading the way. The two eaglets can be seen moving about the nest bowl, moving errant sticks and feeding.

K58 in the Two Harbors nest is growing well and can be seen perched on nearby rocks, and wandering around the nest bowl. Her parents have been providing loads of food and the result is a big, healthy, young bald eagle.

Uno, the Delta 3 nest eaglet has grown immensely and could be the first of this years' eaglets to fledge.

The Harrison Mills and Humboldt Bay eaglets are still quite small and are not yet at the branching stage. Both pairs of siblings are growing well and are well fed.

To view these live cams and watch these young bald eagles on their journey to independence, visit our site. Keep in touch via our Facebook page and by following us on Twitter at @WildEarth. Be sure to join the conversation via the #EagleWATCH hashtag.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Satellite troubles

This morning we discovered the satellite link was not working which meant we were not able to start broadcasting the Sunrise Drive. Troubleshooting and contact with the satellite operator revealed that the BUC on the satellite had stopped working. (The BUC is the part that sits at the focal point in front of the satellite dish and receives and transmits the data.)

We are working hard to get a new BUC to site as quickly as possible but that is expected to take a couple of days.

In the mean time we have moved the broadcast to our back up satellite link and will continue to broadcast #safariLIVE as scheduled, albeit at a somewhat reduced resolution and bit rate.

We will keep everyone updated on progress through our Facebook page and the #safarilive hashtag on Twitter.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

It's Falcon Fledging Week

The Great Spirit Bluff Peregrine falcons have started to fledge. The first, thought to be one of the males, known as Rusty, took off in the middle on the night on Sunday. His siblings, Garrett, Elizabeth and Nina, are following suit, each taking their turn to perch next to or on top of the nestbox.

Fuzzy, at the Cathedral Falcons nest, is much smaller than we'd hoped they'd beat this stage, but has been seen wingersizing and perching on the astro-turf covered ledge of the nestbox. 

They are growing but still much smaller than the Great Spirit Bluff four and might only fledge in coming weeks, when their wings are strong enough to make the first flight attempts. 

Nevertheless, the young falcon has made great progress, and if they stay on track, should continue to surprise us. Follow the conversation about these extraordinary birds on Twitter, using the hashtag #FalconWATCH and have your say on our Facebook page as well.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

#FalconWATCH: Progress Report

It's all great news for the Peregrine falcons this week. All the chicks are active and are losing their downy feathers.

Fuzzy, Dorothy and E2's chick at the Cathedral Falcons nest has completely turned around, growing much larger since our last update and has started to catch up to its counterparts in the Great Spirit Bluff nest.

Fuzzy and Dorothy, May 18              Fuzzy and Dorothy, June 9

After being banded and treated for parasites by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, but being too underdeveloped to be sexed, the chick has made great strides in terms of growth and physical activity. It moves about the nestbox on its own, flaps its wings and preens. This really is great news after we worried this chick would not survive. Dorothy is one tenacious and caring mother.

The Great Spirit Bluff chicks are a rowdy bunch, vying for their parents attention. Michelle and Travis have quite the job with keeping them fed, but the hard work has paid off in the form of 4 healthy chicks, and a very crowded nestbox.

Be sure to join the conversation on Twitter via the #FalconWATCH hashtag and like us on Facebook for continued updates on these raptors.