Monday, March 19, 2007

Monday

New thread. Here is a reprint from the comments the other day. John estimates the battery is up near 12 volts, and it needs to be 12.6. He'll head out after 12:00 to check the system at the tree.

Good Morning Eagle watchers. I feel your frustration with the NCTC Eaglecam this year. We also are unable to see the cam on campus. It seems the battery keeps losing it's charge. To give you a heads up, Mike & I (John) have worked on this project from the beginning. Last month during 20 degree weather, and high winds we replaced a failed microwave transmitter 100 yards from the tree onto the side of the barn. So cold we couldn't feel our finger tips. Steve purchased a new battery, which was replaced early in the season. He also purchased a new solar controller, which we replaced. We also verified the voltage on all 3 solar panels. The solar controller will cut off the load (camera & microwave feed) when the voltage drops below 11.4V, then will reconnect the load when the battery is charged up to 12.6V We don't want to replace batteries at this point, due to scaring the eagles off the nest. The live feed problem is not here at the NCTC, but network security implemented at the department level. Mike has been working closely with the department to get this corrected. Anyway, I feel and see your frustration, especially when reading the comments in this BLOG. I assure all of you, we've all worked hard to try and provide this service to you.--John NCTC

27 comments:

Sunny said...

Good Morning, EagleLand. John, Mike, and Steve, we have no doubt that you have all worked very hard to provide this service to us. I for one, am sad and frustrated about the cam, but I don't complain on here because I know that it's a free service to us, and I'm just grateful for whatever we can get. By the way, what would a battery charger cost? Maybe I can work one into my budget!!

Mits said...

THANKS FOR THE UPDATE AND NEW THREAD:)! Let us know how we can help. thanks for the heads up, SUNNY:).

paula eaglet momster said...

Steve,
Thanks for letting us know John will try and check things out this afternoon. I hope you have time to give us a quick update later, as well. You know how anxious expectant parents can be!

paula eaglet momster said...

Would it help extend the battery life to cut off the cam transmissions after a certain hour, like Blackwater does?

Mits said...

They have changed the view up in New Hampsires's opsrey nest to a closer one, maybe they are expecting them back soon:).

Sunny said...

Good idea, Paula! I wonder if that would help? Once Spidey settles in for the night, we can't see much anyway.

glo said...
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glo said...

I do have Maine cam up and running. No storm there today, sunny and breezy, but for Maine thats not really all that bad. Can't get Northeast in yet though. Thanks for the new thread Steve will be watching for any info from the noon visit closer to the cam system and keep that sun a hsining and warming stuff up over there including that charging battery.

MEMA Jo said...

Thanks for the heads up, Sunny.
Thanks for the new thread, Steve.

Come on JOHN
We're all rooting for you to
work Magic for US

MEMA Jo said...

I haven't been able to get NE site up for about 2-3 days, I think. Last I saw was the nesting eagle in a snow filled nest just like ours was.

I couldn't get ME up earlier -I'll try again since you have it up now, Glo.

paula eaglet momster said...

NE is still down, Maine is good

MEMA Jo said...

Well, as I always say:
When Jo Goes
Who Knows........

Hopefully when I return I will see our nest filled with chicks and a proud Liberty and Belle.

I'll return around 3:30pm. I'll check once more before I close the door!

MAGIC HAPPENS WHEN YOU MOST EXPECT IT

Suzanne said...

Outta here, been a busy day. Blog tomorrow, maybe. Eyes to the sky, see the raptors fly!

paula eaglet momster said...

Here is a note from Beth I received this morning.

Good morning: I thought I would let you know what I can tell from my vantage here on the river.

Just thought I would tell you I did see one of the adult eagles yesterday afternoon. It was in the yard, just flying off as we unfortunately scared it away, as we pulled into the drive. There were lots of small animal tracks there in the snow and I am hoping he had been trying to grab a few of them, though normally I would be more protective of "my" wildlife. If I had to guess I would say it was Liberty. He was parallel with the top of the trees when we first saw him and we were just beneath. He flew off with no prey, towards the nest.

I also drove past the nest twice yesterday. There was nothing that could be seen from the road.

We had about seven inches of snow on Friday, very powdery. It has been disappearing quickly but the ground is still covered in some places. Wind-chill has been harsh until now.

Out thermometer says 38 F with no wind-chill of at the moment.

Unfortunately, the river is high and murky. I can not see fish in the shallows as I often can and have not seen them since this spell of bad weather hit back whenever the snows started.

Watching this pair in Portland reassures me that this great pair we have will be fine, and I hope all three babies.

The juveniles I was seeing all the time have gone and are replaced by vultures. Last year we saw no eagles when the vultures were around.

Take care.

Beth

Mits said...

eagle at KENT.

Bird Girl said...

Hello everyone,

Just thought I'd take a minute here at work to pop in and see how things are going... I see there are still camera problems.

Perhaps if they go back up into the tree to replace the battery, they could take a picture of the nest, and then post it here on the blog? At least then we'd know for sure what the status of the eggs are...

Hope everyone is doing well... starting to heat up here in Phoenix, winter is most definitely over!

I'll try to check in again later this week...

Bird Girl

MEMA Jo said...

YAHOO! And I didn't even need to close the door!

Ok what do we see??????????

glo said...

Its up still is up

MEMA Jo said...

CAM IS UP

CAM IS UP

CAM IS UP

THank you JOHN

MEMA Jo said...

GLO I am a happy nester now!
Oh how I pray it doesn't go down again!!!

MEMA Jo said...

I'll guess that Liberty is in the nest and there is very little snow remaining!
I just want to see what is down under

Mits said...

By the way our eagle is sitting, looks like could be some action under there

Mits said...

Yep, must be little Lib.

Just Vicky said...

NEW THREAD UP

MEMA Jo said...

I started the Momster Album for this week.

MEMA Jo said...

GO TO THE 10:14am Thread

mauley said...

Be Still My Heart > > > > > > > >

First pic of royal couple thread