Mar 04 2010
Last month the National Aviary installed new webcams with streaming video, audio and infrared night vision at the Gulf Tower and the Cathedral of Learning peregrine nests in Pittsburgh. Both cams are now live on their website.
At the Gulf Tower you can see and hear Tasha2 dig the scrape where she’ll lay her eggs. Sometimes she stands on the nest, all puffed up, and chirps to tell Louie she’s there.
At Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning there are two cameras. The new one broadcasts sight and sound when Dorothy or E2 arrives at the nest and calls to the other for courtship bows. The original camera provides snapshots of the action on the same webpage at lower right.
Both nests have infrared lights now and all three cameras can “see” it so you’ll be able to watch the birds day and night. Wow!
This new technology was installed by PixController and streams from Wildearth.tv. They’re the ones who set up the famous Lily the Bear webcam where viewers saw Lily give birth to a cub on January 22. PixController is based near Pittsburgh and has lots of streaming experience including their own Pennsylvania Woodland Cam where you can watch deer, wild turkeys, foxes, squirrels and birds.
The falconcams have been live at wildearth.tv for a week or two. If you’ve been watching there you’ll be happy to see that the Aviary’s webpage images are a little larger.
So bookmark the pages below, click on the Play arrow and keep watching. You’ll be glued to your computer – just like me – watching Dorothy and Tasha2 lay their eggs.
See the Cathedral of Learning webcams here (http://www.aviary.org/cons/falconcam_cl.php) or click on the splash screen above.
See the Gulf Tower here (http://www.aviary.org/cons/falconcam_gt.php).
And for quick reference I’ve posted the links as “Resources” in the left hand column of this blog.
It’s peregrine time!
(This photo of Dorothy by Pat Szczepanski is the splash screen for the National Aviary’s webcam at the University of Pittsburgh.)