Thursday, November 16, 2006

Thursday Nov. 16

Here's some news you folks have been waiting for:

We met yesterday on getting the cam going.

We are going to outsource the web access this year to allow the still cam a much better refresh rate than the 30 seconds that our network folks afforded us last year. I've mentioned to a few folks that we face significant hurdles regarding network security and bandwidth limitations, and we believe this approach gets us past these issues. We are working through the contracting now, and have targeted Dec. 6th as the start date. We will strive to hit that target.

We will also experiment with a wide shot camera along with the existing cam. We recently got a brand new microwave receiver which should help with cam reliability.

The live video will start on or around February 1, and will stay on through the end of July.

We are also looking now at technology for next season that will improve the cam, and add audio. Based on the behavior of these eagles, we figure we only have a couple of weeks window in August to make the improvements.

The cam has been on here for a few weeks now, and we have watched the eagles slowly preparing the nest with new sticks.

I know that this has been a long haitus, but hang in there and we'll be up soon.

151 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you Steve for the information we have all been waiting for...that is good news...a date to look forward to!

Anonymous said...

OK Steve, the countdown begins!

You have 20 days before we really start giving you grief!

Suzanne said...

Oh thank you, Steven for the update! Can't wait! That will be so exciting to see our eagles again!

Thanks also for the new thread!

Thanks for the heads up, Paula. Good mornin' to ya.

Suzanne said...

Oh, Paula, start that countdown. LOL Maybe put it on the momster's site calendar! (Good grief, then pray they get it up then, or all heck will break loose!)

Anonymous said...

sounds great. Thanks Steve, You know we are all paying attention to dates here LOL. Incidently Feb 1 is a wonderful targt date for live too definitely easy to remember here. LOL

Mits said...

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE!!! A BIG BOOYAH GOES OUT TO STEVEN AND NCTC, THANKS FOR THE GOOD NEWS. PAULA, YOU ARE THE OFFICAL COUNTDOWN PERSON. WHAT A NICE EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT. Thanks for the new Thursday thread, Steven.

Suzanne said...

I'm thrilled! It's also nice to know (at least for us at this end) that NCTC only has a couple weeks window in Aug to work on the cams. Means the eagles are hanging around the nest pretty close! Maybe those weeks in Aug are their vacation time...

normac said...

GOOD MORNING EAGLE BUDDIES----WOW---THANKS STEVEN---We all LOVE you---GREAT NEWS---THANKS-----You are NO. 1 with the EAGLE BUDDIES!!!!

normac said...

I checked in with TAI before I logged on----He is way--way up high in the tree---I think he is looking for the "PRETTY IN PINK LADY" and the "BEAUTIFUL RED-HEAD"----You all must have had a BALL yesterday---GLO those pics you have are great!!!---HELLO PAULA, SUZANNE, GLO, MITS & "normac"--(who is that?)---What happened to NORMABYRD????----I didn't do anything-----bet it was TAI---he was upset I wasn't there yesterday??????

normac said...

MAULEY & SHARON---I have you in my prayers---praying for good health for both of you---TAKE CARE---We have rainy & damp weather here---Temp is 59°----Just the kind of weather in which one could get the "CRUD"-----stay COOL!!!

Mits said...

EAGLE IN FLORIDA NEST

Mits said...

Went to get a cup of java and eagle left.

Anonymous said...

Kent nest is back up and on time.

Mits said...

NORMAC??????????????????? Where did that come from??? Yes, PAULA NOTICED KENT IS BACK ON TRACK.

Mits said...

WOW!!!! Rain is just pouring here right now.

Suzanne said...

Hi Normac and hi Normabyrd. Was you that blogged as normac and shoudl have been normabyrd? Ok, I'm confused. I asked because you said hi (who is that?).

Thanks for the Kent update Paula. Been checking on them every few minutes, glad the cams finally came back up!

Suzanne said...

Yup, here too Mits. Been looking like the skies were gonna open up for a while now. Guess they did! Of course I brought my golf umbrella this morning, and of course it wasn't raining when I came in, so of course I left it in the car...where it is now staying nice and dry!!

normac said...

I just heard on the news that-----EMMITT WON!!!!----I REALLY LOVE EMMITT TOO!----He dances as well as he played football----Did anyone watch him----SMILES ALL THE TIME!!!!!!

Mits said...

Nope, Norma, I really can't get into those shows, but glad he won, heard he was good.

Suzanne said...

Eagle in Kent

Mits said...

EAGLE AT KENT.

Mits said...

lOVE THOSE WHITE TAIL FEATHERS.

Mits said...

Eagle gone at Kent.

Suzanne said...

They'll be back, they're hard workers. I hope they'll be back.

Mits said...

Suz, they are soooo much fun to watch. Can't wait til we see Belle and Liberty fixing up there nest.

Mits said...

November 16th update on the Panda page.

Suzanne said...

Yeah, me too Mits! But it's nice to know that they're doing the same thing as the Kent eagles! But those Kent eagles are really hard workers. That's gonna be an eagle mansion for their next cluth! Also nice to know Liberty and Belle around near the nest all year!!

Anonymous said...

Good Good Morning After reading Steve's information, it is just that! A very good morning. Dec 6 it is & that is not very far away. Liberty & Belle - here's looking at you!

Mits said...

I think, Jim said it was going to turn into a 3-story Victorian. THERE IS A TORNADO WATCH FOR MOST OF THE AREA AROUND D.C.! Suz, be careful driving home today. I have a one o'clock dentist appt. in D.C., then I'm headed up to Ellicott City to see my Maggie, will be traveling up I-95, so will be hanging on to the steering wheel.

Mits said...

December 6th...Feast of St. Nicholas...nice pre-Christmas gift..don't ya think??

Anonymous said...

Searching the cams for eagles but on Panda Cam 2 I see Tai hanging on the branches up in that tree. He's blowing in the wind.

normabyrd said...

I checked TAI----He is high in a tree that is swaying back & forth---appears wind is blowing very hard-----Pray that he is safe----

Suzanne said...

Mits, I KNEW 6 Dec meant something. It's a holiday of sorts in Germany... at least for the kids. Just couldn't remember what they called it. They put their shoes outside of their doors and St. Nicholas puts candy in them. (If they've been good. They get coal if they've been bad.)

I'll be careful, you do the same! I-95, that's another nightmare interstate! Hate driving home in this rain, might speed along at 30 mph in spots! Didn't know they had tornado warnings out. Oh joy! You be careful!

Jim may be right on the 3 story victorian! That'll be something to see, won't it?

Morning, MemaJo!

Mits said...

That boy better hang on..........

normabyrd said...

MITS---Give our love to MAGGIE & DRIVE CAREFULLY---

Suzanne said...

Oh geesh, now I'm gonna worry about Tai. Are they trying to get hime in?

Suzanne said...

Oops, that's him in. Typing too fast.

normabyrd said...

I CAN FLY---I am a BYRD again!!! ho! ho! Does SHARON have a DR.S appt. this a.m.---Hope all goes well!!

Mits said...

No, Suz, they like the rain, but if there is a storm coming they will try. He has been up the tree in storms before.

Anonymous said...

Great cam news, Steve!! Thanks for sharing the info. What horrible weather, rain is pouring down, and wind is gusting!! We did not need this rain, I cannot get any work done outside:(

CABUK said...

Hi All,

THANKS STEVE!!!
Hope all is as well as it can be with you all, sorry I've not been on for a while,, time just slips away at times and the time difference doesnt help much either.

Mits [Helen]
I hope you had a wonderful day yesterday with Nilla[Janet]
Were you blown away with the handsomeness of Gobbo[Tai], I bet you were, or at least I bet he told you he was the best bear in the world, didnt he ??? WHAT a poser that panda baby is !!!
Didd you have a good gossip with Janet, I bet you both never stopped.
I did wave a lot at you both but I dont think you saw me pet, phew my arms didnt half ache waving you
know. You did stand out a bit pet all dressed in pink, just wish I had a better view of you both as Gobbo got in the way, didnt he, did Mai look as beautiful as she looks on the cam, and did you see Tian as well, OH OH OH what a wonderful experience to see them up front and personal, so very jelious of you both, but Doreen,Lou and I still have a plan to come over and Pandaknap them before Christmas, did you know Lou is growing bamboo in her garden !!!!

Love
Chrissy
XXXXXXX

Going to cook dinner now speak soon.
Hugs
C
XXXXX

Mits said...

Hi Chrissy, it was a wonderful day, so glad it was yesterday, because today is a disaster weather-wise.

eagle-eyed sharon said...

Wonderful news. Hope everybody is having a good day. BBL.

Mits said...

Hey, Sharon!!! How goes it?

Anonymous said...

Wow, finally got in this place! I think Blogger Cop had me put out of the house! Tried another brower, Opera, and got right in!

Anonymous said...

Hey Steve, That is great news. Dec. 6th will be here before we know it! It will be great to see what the nest looks like now and compare it to our photos of late July. Thanks a bunch for all you and the staff at NCTC do, we really appreciate it.
IrisF

Mits said...

Heading out to D.C. and than to Ellicott City...hope you all have a great day...TTUL!!

Suzanne said...

Mits, you be careful! I'm heading out too. Should get home by 5 if I'm lucky!! Hope the roads are not as bad as they look from my office window!

All have a great eagle day!

Eyes to the sky, see the raptors fly!

Anonymous said...

Received The Courier Eagle:6th Edition today. Glad to officially meet you Vicky! Good news about the premium shop staying open..Contribution to NCTC is great. I couldn't get the Thanksgiving fun link to open for me BUT my computer has been acting sluggish. Thank, Glo.

Anonymous said...

WAX for Sharon

Anonymous said...

Mema Jo, you already met this momster -- and you know I'm possesed about Shepherdstown Eagles! I think so far I may hold the record for the farthest traveled!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear the newsletter is fininding its way. I don't have mine yet AGAIN...maybe they unsubscribed me since I know what it says, but I did get the first couple. I just hate after all that hard work not knowing if folks who do want them are getting them ;-(.

Anyway The Thanksgiving link does take a while to open...maybe a full minute on DSL...so give it some time, some of you will really enjoy what is there.

If you are watching for it and don't have it in a couple of hurs email me, I can forward you my test copy from last night before I sent it to Cafe Press queue.

Nilla said...

Good Afternoon, It is like a dam opened up here the rain is so hard!!! Thank God we went yesterday Mits to see Tai, ment to tell you the Chinese resturant we ate at was organic and very good. Wonderful news about the cam see Mits and i was guessing yesterday when the live would come on and I said Feb 1... lol guess i won Mits!!!!! NormaB you would have loved watching Tai yesterday. And yes Doreen we did see Tian and Mei both beautiful animals. Well the rain has slowed down and i need to go to Wal Mart and down homw to check on my parents.. Mits be careful ... Sharon N Mauley get well... Jo xoxox Hugs to all BBL

Nilla said...

New video and report on Buta Buta's exam today she is over 8 lbs and holding her 2 front legs up...

Anonymous said...

Nilla & Mits,
Glad ya'll had such a good time at the zoo yesterday.

Anonymous said...

BW has a fantastic pic of 2 eagles down at the river. Suzanne,Paula & JimP (is that our Jim) all have lots of photos in the latest gallery.

Anonymous said...

DC Panda Cam 2: Tai & Mei are inside busy with the bamboo-- But Tai is being a little lazy as he is lying on the ledge! It is possible on Cam 1 that TianTian is being shown with his bamboo.
I watched the video & read the cub update on ButaBall! Heard a little bark our of her at the end of the film.

Anonymous said...

Sun is finally making its way out here :)

Anonymous said...

think I will be calling my son in GA when I know he is off work to see how they managed with the weather. So glad Nilla and Mits took their trip yesterday, doens't sound like it owuld have been the place to be at all at least earlier today. I can't imagine how Suzanne does all that dirving back and forth like she does, especially as the weather gets harder to drive in now with the change of seasons.

Anonymous said...

So, where might the momsters be tonight?? HUmMMMMM, very good question! Weather is too nasty outside tonight here in IL so I won't be going out!

Anonymous said...

Eagle at Kent

Nilla said...

Hey Vicky i am here lurking n watching you tube vid's of eagles. Here is onehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiAtFvr1C0o It is beautiful to watch

Anonymous said...

Well Hello Nilla! Our famous Panda tourist! I'm watching eagle at Kent ! When it leaves I'll check out the tube!

Anonymous said...

First I would like to thank Steve for the early Christmas present. Dec 6th for the "still cam" ( : Then an early Valentines gift Feb 1st for "live feed" even happier.

Now Hi Eaglelanders, hope those that have been sick are getting better.

Hi Nilla and Vicky that say they are in here now and all lurkers plus those that have been here or coming in. Think I covered everyone hee hee

Nilla said...

I know i have been watching them also both have been in the nest .. So beautiful to watch and "OURS" will be soon!!!!

Anonymous said...

I bet you were exhausted from all that walking! You didn't over do it did you?

Anonymous said...

If anyone can't get the link in the Courier to open. Just do a copy, cut and paste to the address bar and hit enter it will come right up for you. That is going to be a good movie on the History Channel Sunday Nov 19th 8pm.

Anonymous said...

YEs, not a real fix like "OUR" eagles, but take what we can find these days! BUT HOPEFULLY NOT FOR LONG!!1 WOOOOO HOOOOOOOO

Anonymous said...

Hi Dana! How's Ed?

Anonymous said...

Nilla what did Brenda say about Tai keeps going up the tree and not coming down?

Nilla said...

Hi Dana your day go ok?? Well i tell ya all the walking pain n breathlessness WAS all woth it to meet Mits and see Tai.. Ya my body aches from the hips down...lol The video's n pictures Glo n everything Dana did n Paula was wonderful...

Anonymous said...

Eagle gone at Kent!

Anonymous said...

Nilla we were really concerned that you would have to have medical attention!

Anonymous said...

Hi Vicky ! Ed's doing well ty has an appt. Nov 20th to go over his CT-Scan.

Me doctor today drained a cyst behind the knee that I had surgery on. He was very surprised at all he got. I told him I wasn't it's been so painful I couldn't hardly walk inside the house. Now he wants me back in 4 wks to probably do it again. Oh ty dr. for that since you didn't believe me in the first place lol lol lol He is a good dr. though just isn't usually a thing they do. He said wow. I said thanks.

Anonymous said...

Eagle back at Kent

Anonymous said...

Nilla every time I look at the video I catch myself waving and you and Mits lol.

Nilla said...

well Vicky we didnt really talk with her she was in the little room speaking with the lady in charge of the camera i dont think she was a happy camper, like i said when i walked by her leaving she was out in the big yard picking up panda poo...Which i might add is alot like those boards they put sown to level floors called Louwon (spelling)they dont digest like e do it sorta stays whole... think it wouldnt be as much chewin as they do.

Nilla said...

LOL so funny Dana, i laugh when i watch it because i know i am talking to you on the phone and your telling me move right no no move left...LMAO

Anonymous said...

Awe, man, someone's gotta do it! Hope it pays well!

Nilla said...

Dana you will halfto give me the name of your doctor as honestly my legs are getting so bad i can hardly walk. Although since the heart cath's i dont have that restless leg syndrom any more guess because my blood is thinner from the meds.

Nilla said...

Did you see Buta Buta's new video of her exam today? I have watched it many times and i swear she kind of barks at the end. She is over 8 lbs!!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh I want to go to Las Vegas Barry Manilow is there bye leaving now lol

Dr. Foster but he is Ortho.

Anonymous said...

Vicky I don't want to do it ! :(

Anonymous said...

If the money was good, I'd pack and apply tonight!

Nilla said...

I got side tracked was watching owls on you tube....... There is great video of them beautiful... The one i was watching these little birds was attcking its head and hardly phased it.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where the rest of the gang is at tonight?

Anonymous said...

Nilla I just watched the video of her exam. Sounds like she was trying to bark. When they was starting to pick her up.

Nilla said...

I know Mits went to see Maggie today.... Jo was going to lunch with family..... I hope Sharon is resting and getting better as well as Mauley... I needed to go to WalMart but never made it so cam wait... Daughter called and said people were setting in line at the lay away in wal mart for that new game.. I think we should plan a getogether for like a Christmas Dinner for those of us who can attend????

Anonymous said...

Ok what's everyone doing? Your not talking at least in here your not??????????

Is everyone watching tv? Well guess what I am too. Though I'm in here too.

Nilla said...

Mits on page B3 of the Washington Post paper there is apicture of Randle the giraffe being moved to Florida. We missed them moving him he is going to the Lowery Park Zoo in Tampa so they can begin the other construction of Asia trails in the spring

Nilla said...

Well i for one am here but going to soak this tired ol body in a hot bath and whirlpool. BBL

Anonymous said...

I'm hanging around Dana, in and out!

Anonymous said...

Nilla that sounds good for you.

Vicky in and out doing what?

Anonymous said...

Doing daycare payroll and book work for the daycare, watching Buta, drinking pop, on and on

Anonymous said...

Nothing good on TV tonight on local stations for my taste buds!

Anonymous said...

I'll check back in later. Going to play jewel quest and watch tv.

Anonymous said...

Just got on...had to pay bills! Seems like paying them online takes just as long as writing out a check and mailing it!...but, then it is paid immediately online, which is what I like.

Anonymous said...

I'll be watching Grey's and ER rest of evening, but will be checking back in!

Anonymous said...

Sharon & Mauley - hope you are feeling better!

Anonymous said...

Wax...LOL

Anonymous said...

Sneaky Paula!

Anonymous said...

Yup, snuck in whilst everyone was watching the telly!

Anonymous said...

Commercial time...time to root around for a good snack!

Anonymous said...

I guess Floralgirl has not been baking up a storm these days! She should keep us all stocked up with cookies! After all, she's our cookie momster!

eagle-eyed sharon said...

Good evening my friends. Hope this finds everyone well.

Anonymous said...

Hey Sharon, are you feeling better??

Anonymous said...

Sharon Did you already watch ButaButa's exam video and see the update from today. She is putting on some pounds!

Hi Vicky - Paula !
Paula - good thinking of putting Steve's blog remarks on the momsters email!

Anonymous said...

Hi Mema Jo! Fancy seeing you here! Thought this place nearly died! Paula left to find a snack!

eagle-eyed sharon said...

I am feeling some better, Vicky, thanks for asking. Still not up to par though. I have seen the video but did not read the update yet. BRB!

Anonymous said...

How ya doing, Sharon?

Are you still resting? Hope you are not working yet!

Anonymous said...

I'm watching Grey's and uploading pics....

eagle-eyed sharon said...

She is becoming quite the little Hosslet, huh? I just love watching her trying to move.

Anonymous said...

Sure been a long haul for you Sharon! Did they get the right meds??

eagle-eyed sharon said...

Paula, not working yet. Not sure when that will be but have tentatively set it for Monday. Being off has caused a great hardship at work and although I know I am powerless in it, I still feel a little guilt, especially now with the upcoming holidays.

eagle-eyed sharon said...

Vicky, it has been a long haul but hopefully soon things will get taken care of and I will be back better than ever!!

Anonymous said...

Well you're getting that "Spunk" back I can tell!

Anonymous said...

So glad to see you on here tongiht Sharon I guess that is a good sign. The only thing you are guilty of is taking care of yourself. That in the long run is the Best way to be a Good Employee too. Keep doing that. You have been very missed.

Anonymous said...

Think I'll go read about Buta Buta, I'm a little bit behind most of you there I guess lOL

Anonymous said...

The plant in the BW nest is really thriving as are the plants on the Brisbane ledge.

Anonymous said...

Glo, behind????? Never!

Anonymous said...

Whew! Finally got birthday and Halloween pics loaded!

Anonymous said...

Too early at Pete's Pond for any life except lots of birds.

Anonymous said...

Paula, I still have my camera here by my pc with pics to download... When I get in the mood to do it - then I spend lots of time in all my albums.

Anonymous said...

Sharon,
I hear ya about the guilt thing at work, but take care of yourself. Work will always be there! Others will pick up some of the slack as you will when they are on vacation or sick.

Anonymous said...

Takes forever when you have to load them several places! Put a couple in my momsters album...

Anonymous said...

Well, it is that time for me--

Good Night All
Sweet dreams of Dec 6th



Good Morning Suzanne
Hope the sun is shinning soon

Anonymous said...

Good Night Mema Jo Good Night everyone.

eagle-eyed sharon said...

Good night and sweet eagle dreams, my friends of fine feathers and fur!

Anonymous said...

Night, all.

...with visions of eagles flying in their heads.....

normabyrd said...

GOOD NITE EAGLE BUDDIES----I am just checking in to report WVU played PITT tonight---Our biggest rival---This is the 99th game---WE WON-----WV'S cry is: "BEAT THE HE__ OUT OF PITT"----We did tonight & it felt GOOD----- ho! ho!

Anonymous said...

okay nite all

Morning Suzanne

Mits said...

HI, EVERYBODY, GOOD NIGHT EVERYBODY, GOOD MORNING SUZANNE!!

Suzanne said...

Good morning, Eagle world! Morning, Mits, MemaJo and Dana. Hope everyone is well today. Happy Friday! Drive in was sure a lot nicer than the drive home yesterday! That was stressful, but rain tapered off about 6 miles south of Frederick, and by the time I got home it was only misting, then stopped completely. Sun even came out! That was nice. Mits, hope your drive was alright and you gave hugs to Maggie for all of us!

Going to go check my mail, read blogs and find out what I missed yesterday.

All have a great eagle day!

Eyes to the sky, see the raptors fly!

Suzanne said...

Forgot to mention, tent city was still there this morning. I thought if something came out on a particular day, the stores would open for that sale at midnight. Guess Target didn't do that, cause the guys from yesterday are still there, and the tents have multiplied. Still very strange to see at 4:30 in the morning! Everyone was sleeping today, some were up yesterday.

Suzanne said...

Eagle just arrived in BW, this refresh. They're getting up early these days!

Suzanne said...

Eagle just left BW. Guess she wasn't waiting any longer for her mate to join her! Plants look good, though, after all that rain yesterday. Hum, wonder if someone is gonna have to start mowing them if they get too big and block the cam.

Suzanne said...

Both eagles in BW. Got a good pic of the 2nd one arriving!

Anonymous said...

Good morning all. Eyes to the skies or the rocking chair LOL

Have a good day.

Anonymous said...

Morning Suz & Glo

Anonymous said...

Back to one eagle at BW...can't get FL up.

normabyrd said...

GOOD A.M. EAGLE BUDDIES----Checked in BW---Two EAGLES & now one--- WONDERFUL WAY TO START THE DAY----

normabyrd said...

JUST SCANNED MESS.---SHARON---You make sure your are WELL, before you return----You and MAULEY are in my thoughts---HELLO---SUZANNE, GLO & PAULA---TGIF--you working gals---still remember that feeling----Anxious to hear MITS report on "LITTLE MAGGIE"----

normabyrd said...

EAGLE at KENT!!!

Anonymous said...

2 at Kent!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Good Morning Eagle Buddies

Windy here but no rain thank goodness had enough.

Anonymous said...

Hi Nilla and Vicky.

Nilla I'll check it out too. ty

Anonymous said...

Oh that one you sent around Nilla I loved it. ty

Eagle flew away and Kent now back beautiful.

Mits said...

GOOD MORNING EVERYONE! Talk about wind, take a trip up to Maine. Hope everyone has a good Friday and a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mits in hot pink. that sure did help.

Mits said...

Hi, DANA, looked for the brigtest outfit in the closet for that day. It was alot of fun.

Nilla said...

NEW THREAD IS UP HURRY OVER

New Thread. December 9, 2017

Well, Judy Eddy, Eagle Eyed Sharon, and I, Hoda, have asked to be designated as Administrators for this blog. So an update from Steven Chas...