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Thread subject: HUH??!
Name Date Message
Shelley 05/01/04 03:59 pm Is it just me or is the cam view suddenly *closer*??? I just came home and tuned in (3:56 pm) and it looks like we've zoomed in!!!!! This is definitely not a complaint but I'm wondering if I'm hallucinating or if something was adjusted...Of course, it reduce the view of the background, though...

That's some glove, heehee...

(I just tried unsuccessfully 5 times to post this so I posted it on the observation database and it worked. I am trying again here, now...)
Matt 05/01/04 04:21 pm No its not you. They really did zoom the camera in. They did this last year when the chicks were hatching. Gave us a closer look at them.
Pam 05/01/04 04:59 pm This is now a wonderful closeup view of the nest and a very privileged view of the ospreys for we viewers. It is hard to believe I am sitting here in the middle of England watching the every move of two lovely birds in USA. When I switched on about 15 minutes ago both birds were on the nest and obviously watching something circling above and around them. Both birds were very agitated and noisy. This closeup view should make identification of the male and female easier as the detail is very clear - you won't be able to see the foxes though :) (my 2nd attempt at posting)(3rd try)4th
Shelley 05/01/04 06:17 pm Pam, I love hearing that people from far-away places are watching!! It really makes one marvel at this technology, doesn't it? :-)

Celeste 05/01/04 06:19 pm Ditto!!!! It truly is a small world!
Fred W. 05/01/04 07:09 pm Now that I can look Betty and Dennis straight in the eye, I know that I have finally met my equal.
Mickey 05/01/04 07:42 pm 2 thumbs up for the new zoomed in cam angle !!!
It will give us all time to get used to it before they start hatching on the 14th of May :)
I have a techie question. Can the cam be zoomed in or away without climbing the pole? Another words is it done from a remote location?
Tom T 05/01/04 11:16 pm The lens is controlled from a remote location. The birds were not disturbed when the view was zoomed in.
Kathy 05/01/04 11:18 pm The new angle gives you the feeling of truly being "up close and personal."
Bill 05/02/04 04:28 pm Can you alternate the views? The close-up is good when the chicks are hatching. I happen to like the longer shot so you can see the nest and get a better all-around view of what is going on.
Mickey 05/02/04 05:13 pm Hi Bill. From what I understand it cant be alternated. I can only speculate why we now have the zoomed in look. Its because the eggs are due to hatch around the 14th (give or take a day or two) The falcon cam alternates and its annoying to me. I like that its a fixed view here and love the zoomed in view for the impending hatch. I cant wait to see what MATT LOOKS LIKE LOL
Celeste 05/02/04 05:31 pm Once those eggs are about to hatch,(as Mickey as indicated), and the chicks are eating and interracting with the parents, you will be very glad that the cam is zoomed in. There is so much going on with the chicks, and some of it will be very shocking and even distressful,(and I will add that we will have to remind ourselves that this is nature with the survival of the fittest),the only way we will be able to give accurate observations will be if the cam is set this way all the time. Towards the end of the season, when the chicks are much larger and have fledged, the cam will probably be adjusted again as it was last season.
Kathy 05/02/04 07:02 pm Great post Celeste, and with all of the new facts you are teaching us about Ospreys, did you get a job with the DPOF? LOL
Shelley 05/02/04 07:19 pm From what I can surmise from the readings I've done here and from all of you, as well as from what I've seen at other nests, 2 is generally the optimal number of chicks for a nest, especially given how fast they grow and how big they will become. We know that. I suppose evolution and Mother Nature provide 3 and sometimes 4 eggs as a back-up although goodness knows they'll never make it. I guess we are expecting that to happen and will brace ourselves, accordingly. It is sad, nevertheless, isn't it? My only regret is that because of that fact, we may never really know who is in the white egg, even if it does hatch, because the chances of it hatching and surviving and growing large enough to really ID it are pretty slim, to nil, right? In the back of my mind, against all logic and the video evidence to the contrary, I still have a sneaking suspicion that it is not an osprey egg.

Ah, the mysteries of nature....

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