Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Walala Wasala from Dixie - LIVE


Tonight (Wednesday 16th September 2009 @ 18h30CAT) WE are broadcasting an amazing Walala Wasala directly from Dixie Village. For those of you who don't know Walala Wasala is our weekly LIVE show that gives you a glimpse into the lives of the African people. It is presented by Rexon Ntimane who is a member of the Shangaan tribe and a long term and trusty Presenter for WildEarth. He has been broadcasting this show on a Wednesday for a few months now and since he started WE have met the village Sangoma (witch doctor), understood how the tribe communicated before technology and seen some traditional dancing and a wedding ceremony. It is a great show and really helps you understand the culture of this wonderful tribe. Tonight WE are broadcasting a special event LIVE from the village of Dixie. Again for those of you who don't know, Dixie is a small community outside of the Reserve that WE broadcast from. All of the people who live there are Shangaan and many of them work in the Sabi Sands Reserve. Both Patrick and Rexon who present for WildEarth live there. Tonight WE are going to meet all the people from Dixie and sit around the fire with them whilst they cook meat and tell us stories. Also there will be some traditional dancers. It will be a fantastically visual and interesting event, one which you will remember forever. Don't miss it.

On another note Bill Powers from PixController has recently added a pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) camera to the PixController wildlife webcam. This enables them to zoom in on animals that come to the main camera feed and follow them around. Viewers will be able to see different animals which come into the camera in more detail. Recently they have been able to zoom in on the deer, raccoons, turkey, squirrels, and various birds which come into the main camera.


One unique feature of the PixController wildlife webcam is that they also have several wireless motion-activated remote cameras as part of the system. These are turned on when an animal comes in front of them and the wireless feed is switched from the main camera over to the remote feed for as long as the animal is present. Currently they have 2 remote cameras setup, camera 2 - about 1/4 mile from the main camera, and camera 3 - about 1/2 mile from the main camera. Both of these remote cameras are setup with feed blocks in the deep woods for viewing whitetail deer.
coyote
When the weather turns colder in Western PA, USA, they will setup a carcass camera. This will be remote camera 4. On this camera they will setup road killed whitetail deer they get from the Pennsylvania Game Commission. This camera provides viewers the rare opportunity to see predator animals such as red fox, gray fox, coyotes, red-tailed hawks, turkey vultures, opossums, and of course raccoons. Last year they had a coyote come into the camera, which is a rare site in this area.

You may have noticed that the pan tilt and zoom is working on the new waterhole camera. Peter Braat has been working hard to get that in and finally we have a result. This will greatly improve your night watching. Thanks Pete

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