Feb 19 2011

The Pittsburgh Falconcams Are Up!

Published by at 7:15 am under Books & Events,Peregrines

Yay! 

The National Aviary’s peregrine falcon webcams are up!

You can watch live streaming video of Dorothy and E2 at the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning here …and… Louie and Dori at the Gulf Tower in downtown Pittsburgh here.  If you bookmarked the links last year you’re already good to go.

This year the Aviary made improvements thanks to generous donations from the peregrine fans.  The video is a lot more reliable with new streaming equipment installed by PixController.  It’s incredibly easy to maintain and has none of the problems we experienced with the old Flash-encoding PCs.  For you webcam buffs, you’ll appreciate that PixController installed the Axis Q7401. 

Streaming is again hosted at Wildearth.tv and they, too, have made improvements with all an new streaming and chat setup. 

And, new this year at the Gulf Tower are 4-per-minute snapshots, just like we have at Pitt.  Check out the snapshot links at the bottom right of both webpages.

Our peregrines are courting, Dorothy and Dori will lay their eggs next month, and we’re ready for a great nesting season thanks to the National Aviary’s FalconCams.

It’s peregrine time!

(screenshot of the National Aviary falconcam at the Cathedral of Learning. Splash-screen is Pat Szczepanski’s photo of Dorothy at the Cathedral of Learning)

9 responses so far

9 Responses to “The Pittsburgh Falconcams Are Up!”

  1. sharon leadbitteron 19 Feb 2011 at 8:38 am

    So mad … can’t even get the snapshot cams at work!!! Guess I’ll just have to keep looking out the window :-)

  2. Peteron 19 Feb 2011 at 8:51 am

    Right on time! Someone’s home now at the Cathedral! Oh! and quite a bit of noise now too as they left.

    I waited about 20 minutes late yesterday afternoon to see some action and saw none. I waffled between thinking the wind was too much and thinking the wind would be too much fun if I were a peregrine. The pigeons and starlings weren’t having much luck going anywhere they wanted to!

    So I gave up, and while waiting to cross Forbes a peregrine came soaring around the top of the cathedral and expertly landed on a perch to the right of E2’s nightly roosting spot. I knew they could handle the winds. And that was twice as high as I saw any other bird. Just a note about the wind, not only were the small flexible antennae blowing all around, the large antenna where our peregrines like to perch was also visibly swaying.

  3. Kate St. Johnon 19 Feb 2011 at 8:59 am

    Oh no, Sharon! Sounds like your office computers block a lot of websites. Check the snapshot camera links on the left side of my blog under resources. Maybe you can see them that way.

  4. Kate St. Johnon 19 Feb 2011 at 9:01 am

    Maybe I should go over to Pitt today, Peter. ;)

  5. faith cornellon 19 Feb 2011 at 10:26 am

    Oh thank you thank you thank you. After those 2 warm days I was missing the short Spring taste we had but now that the camera’sare up & running with seemingly no hitches in mine this year I am ready!!! Thanks Kate for all your guidance & info over the long long Winter. Faith.

  6. Carlie Whiteon 19 Feb 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Is anyone else having trouble with the manual login? I have registered and tried to get into the chat without success. Logging through Facebook works, but of course you do not have a screen name

  7. Jon 19 Feb 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Awesome, but why does the timestamp on the cam say CST instead of EST though the hour is correct for EST?

  8. Kate St. Johnon 20 Feb 2011 at 9:15 am

    J, the timezone is coming from WildEarth. I notified them; they will fix it.

  9. Gigion 20 Feb 2011 at 2:06 pm

    This is wonderful! We’ve watched two falcons today!

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