Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Eagle Season starts soon.


As you can see on our site we have a number of eagle nests LIVE that are waiting for eagles to arrive and lay their eggs. The Hancock Wildlife Foundation have two nests at the moment. One called Sidney and one called Delta. The Hornby Island Eagle cam which is sponsored by Doug and Sheila Carrick is also waiting for the Eagles to land. We have spoken to Danny who works closely with the Hornby Eagles and he has given us an approximate schedule for what should be happening over the next few months. More can be found at
http://www.hornbyeagles.com and http://www.hancockwildlife.org.



MATING - Think of St Valentine’s Day, February 14 (a suitable time for mating) – but include the two weeks before and after this date – in other words, the whole month of February. Eagles are also seen mating in the first half of March, just a week or two before laying eggs But at no other times in the year.

FINAL NEST PREPARATION - A second flurry of nest-preparation takes place from mid-February to mid-March – adding more branches, followed by soft materials like dry grass and moss.

EGG LAYING - March 25, plus or minus one week. A second egg 2 or 3 days later.

BROODING – The male and female take turns sitting on the eggs for approximately 35 days – from March 25 to May 1, plus or minus one week. One could consider the month of April as the “brooding” month.

CHICKS HATCH - May 1, plus or minus one week.

CHICK DEVELOPMENT - Peeps can be heard by June 10 - Sitting on edge of nest by June 20 - Flapping wings by June 25 - Flapping and Jumping by July 10

FIRST FLIGHT - July 25, plus or minus one week. (85 days after hatching)

Monday, 18 January 2010

Great Videos from over time

Many of you will have seen Pieter Fire Side chat from last night where he played some great videos made by you, the viewers. The quality and creativeness of the videos made by you never cease to astound me. They really are incredible and WE thanks you for putting so much time and energy into them so that everyone else can enjoy them.

Elephant Video by Banditt
Well what can I say, this is truly creative. The black and white picture with fast pans and handy cam feel gives it a truly modern feeling and is incredibly funky. I think the Michael Jackson music goes brilliantly and love the constant two shots of elephants and people. All together it looks like an extremely creative advert mixed with a home video - brilliant. Well done Bandit, you have yet to make a bad video.

All in a day by David Keen.
Thanks David for this lovely feel good video. It truly captures the beauty of the African bush and the music is so therapeutic. Its the kid of video you want to watch when you are having a bad day. It also shows the sheer extent of things to see in the bush in one day. Great.

Looking Back by David Keen
Karula and her two cubs Induna and Mixo have become part of the furniture on WildEarth. This video shows when they had just been born and I agree with Dave, it seems like yesterday. WE have literally been with them every step of the way as they have grown up. This video is great as it shows many different instances where we have seen this family and some where they have been very close to the vehicle. It will stay with us forever and add to the history of these wonderful cubs. Thanks Dave.

Oldie by Edpbs
This video is a lot of fun and very enjoyable to watch. However, the creativeness is brilliant. The fact that you have graded it to look like it was filmed in a different decade is great. I also love the editing and especially the use of speed. Brilliant, well done on an extremely well produced video.

This is classic. Our resident vervet monkeys are scared of the leopard on the screen in the FCC. Our FCC has big glass wondows and they sit on the fence outide the room and alarm call at the monitors. It gives me a good idea. lets record a picture of a leopard, play it on a loop and put it on a big screen in the camp. Hopefully we will never have any problems with these pesky monkey's again! Thanks Pete for recording this, very funny.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Happy New Year from Pix Controller




Pix Controller had another female turkey, a hen, with a beard appear on the main camera several weeks ago. The male, or Tom's, have a "beard" consisting of modified feathers that show out from the breast, and also rear spurs on their lower legs used for fighting. The hen seen this month had both a beard and spurs on her legs. Seeing a female bird with these features is extremely uncommon. They showed this video clip to the PA Game Commission and received this comment; "with the right amount of hormones and DNA anything is possible". Here is the video clip:
On New Years Eve they had a real treat. In the evening when they typically have a lot of whitetail deer activity on the main camera they had a trophy class whitetail buck make an appearance. Seeing a buck like this in the wild is a once in a life time sighting for most people. It was thrilling that he showed up in the early evening when so many people were tuned into the webcam to see him live. Video clip here:

Up until recently they have been seeing a Great-Horned Owl feeding on the carcass camera. However, when a rather cold spell hit them the carcass camera became rather quiet. When the owl has been feeding he's been on the carcass for 2-3 hours in the late evening until early morning. They expect to start seeing a lot of activity from Red Fox on the carcass camera when they start to den up next month. Last year the red fox were often seen every night on the carcass camera once they were paired up and in their dens.

The picture at the top is the staff at Pix Controller at work in the work shop and the picture below is the man behind Pix Controller - Bill Powers. Bill provided the audio and streaming equipment for Lily the Bear.




Saturday, 9 January 2010

Lily the black bear.


For those of you that have not noticed WE are now LIVE from a black bear den near Ely in Northeastern Minnesota, USA, less than 30 miles from the Canadian border. 
If you look under the video player on the home page we have added this stream to all the other LIVE streams. It is amazing.
The bear that you can see is a wild hibernating female black bear named Lily. Researchers say that there is a better than average chance of her giving birth to cubs around mid Jan. Lily is the 2-year-old daughter from June’s second litter.  June will turn 9 in the middle of January.  June’s mother Shadow will turn 20 at the same time.  Shadow, the grandmother of Lily, is the matriarch of the bear clan that lives in this area.   Bears seldom use the same den two years in a row. Last winter, Lily hibernated just 72 yards from her den of this winter. 
 Lily is part of a long-term study of black bear ecology and behavior being conducted by the North American Bear Center (www.bear.org) and the Wildlife Research Institute (www.bearstudy.org) near Ely, Minnesota. Lily is still within her mother’s territory, so if she has cubs it will be interesting to see how everything works out after the bears emerge from their dens in April.
Please log into facebook and become a friend of Lily the black bear. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lily-the-Black-Bear/263755115498?ref=ts
The birth of bear cubs has never been filmed in the wild. Doug Hajicek who is a film and video producer is making his second attempt in conjunction with the North American Bear Centre (www.bear.org).
His first attempt was in 1999 but no cubs were born. Whiteheart was the female bear and she captured the hearts and minds of many. Viewers watched her through a web feed on Discovery.com and although they were filled with anticipation the time passed for her to have cubs.
Doug has joined with Bill Powers from Pix Controller Inc who has provided all the streaming video and audio technology and now they have turned on the new Lily web cam. Hajiceks team also includes biologists Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield from the North American bear centre.
You can witness Lily's 24/7 activities. The camera will broadcast color by day and infra-red images at night.  A motion-sensor will trigger video and sound transmission when there is activity.  Otherwise, it will send still images.
Drawing from their experience, Rogers and Hajicek note that “it’s astounding how active hibernating bears are in their dens.” Before a den cam allowed them to watch an undisturbed bear, they thought hibernating bears simply slept. They will maintain the den cam throughout the winter of 2010.  
Doug Hajicek is a Wildlife expert and Film maker and is currently the producer of MonsterQuest series on the History Channel. Hajicek has put cameras on wild, boars, dogs, in a Beaver Lodge, at the bottom of Lake Superior and on wild rats. His most successful camera was put on a Humboldt squid that acted like a Trojan and filmed the first wild free swimming squid In History. It was over 54 ft long. Hajicek is a Camera inventor and works with Wildlife and Tech experts from all over the world trying to peer into hidden Worlds.
June and Lily and Lynn Rogers will all  be featured in Bearwalker of the Northwoods, a 1-hour documentary to air on Animal Planet in late 2010