A climb was undertaken yesterday to re-secure the two loose hatches in the eyrie. All is (so to speak) nailed down again and safe for the peregrines to accommodate once more. It’s looking cleaner up there now too (thanks Cilla, enjoy Hawaii!).
On another note, our Project colleague of many years, Ron Green, finally retired from CSU in January and we’d like to offer a really huge thanks to Ron for his tireless work in the early Project days in building & welding equipment, as well as carting the awkward and often heavy pieces up the tower, often single-handedly. Ron built the first smaller eyrie that we installed back in 2008, along with the eves above the hatch. Ron also played a large part in carting up the more complex replacement, and bigger, box a few years later, a procedure that was heavily choreographed for the least disturbance to the peregrines. Typically, Swift, the original adult female peregrine, became curious and flew on to the outside of the ledge within seconds of receiving their domestic upgrade, but refused to enter for nigh on two hours! Ron was also instrumental in arranging the tall floor-to-roost struts (how on earth did he get those poles up the stairwell?!) to give the box a more stable platform.
The team at FalconCam Project thanks Ron for his tireless work and support over the years, and we wish him the very best of luck in his long-time-coming retirement. Please keep in touch, Ron, and you’re most welcome back any time (… to help us haul up another bag of pea gravel)!!
We’ve contacted Milestone for help in reinstalling the XProtect surveillance package. As some of you who work with computers will have experienced, sometimes the simplest of install procedures can (and inevitably will) go wrong. We’ve upgraded to the very latest version but even this refuses to install on top of a brand new Windows 7 image (the current CSU standard image). Cilla will be pleased to be away from this major hassle for a short time! Needless to say we desperately need the app installed and functional.
Response to our new, live YouTube feeds has been sensational. So far (touch-wood) the stability of the feeds has been almost perfect, although we’re yet to test continuity in the scenario of a power outage. The larger and higher definition imagery, along with sound finally, has been a real bonus and we can finally include all Android and Apple viewing devices. We were going to move the feeds over to their own channel but for the sake of continuity will leave them as they are for now. The two CSU-based camera pages will shortly be adjusted to remove the old streaming feeds & server, and include the YouTube feeds instead. Thankyou to everyone who has posted and emailed kind comments.
And now, back to the Diamond, Xavier and family………