This might be my last post for a while. I’m heading off to Hawaii tomorrow for two weeks, holiday with my daughter (who lives in Washington state) and her family, so I’m handing back to Scott, at least for a while, to manage the website. Thanks so much for all valuable input, especially during this trying time without recording software.
I’m pretty confident Marragaay has gone. We think the fly-bys yesterday were probably kestrels, not peregrines.
I now have 5 full years of data, plus an additional breeding season, so I think I probably have enough data for a publication or two, so will ease off the data capture and focus on data entry and analysis (Stage 2). I have applied for a grant to help sort all the images for prey identification. Fingers crossed on that one.
I was hoping to get six full years (three with Swift and three with Diamond), but Scott let me know recently that the recording software is still proving very difficult to reload, and the effort of using a manual screen recorder 24/7 is taking its toll, so I think it is time to pull the plug, so to speak. So I won’t be collecting detailed data from now on, just major happenings.
I cleaned the box and cams today and Diamond was not all happy and hasn’t yet returned, but she will. If the box hatch gap gets worse, let Scott know as I can’t do anything about it now. Unlikely to be a problem without juveniles in the box.
The youtubes are fantastic. I’m very impressed, especially with the additional four hours replay function. I’m not sure what this means for the future of the website (which is managed and paid for by Scott, not me). Is the chat room sufficient? I prefer the website because I can go back and look at the feedback from informed falcon watchers over the years and it provides quite a nice diary of major events. Scott has put a huge amount of work in designing and managing it. And there is less ‘chatter’. But what do you think?
And here is a photo of a peregrine at Bathurst (about 60 km away). I think it’s a female. And of course it could be one of our offspring from previous years, but lack of banding permission means we will never know!
So all the best. I’ll have a peek in to the site from time to time to see if anything exciting has happened – return of Bali??