Tuesday, September 23 2014 @ 06:47 PM EDT
Contributed by: davidh
The following nest tree cam cleaning and updates were undertaken for the 2014-2015 Season. The annual services for each nest largely include the costs for cable connections, monthly server fees, day-to-day service costs when Ken, Ben or Mike have to spend time keeping the cams running and the replacement or upgrades of any encoders, servers, cams or components that happen during the year. Then come our annual cleaning and upgrades as needed. The following defines these final year-end events.
Ken, Ben and Mike supervise our techy work. I, David Hancock, arrange lifts or climbers as needed.
1. White Rock Sept 4-5: We did a major effort with the WR nest Last year we had installed a PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) cam in the adjacent tree but it only ran about 2 weeks then simply quit. This season we decided to invest in two new PTZs – one to replace the wide angle PTZ that had failed and the other to replace the fixed close-up cam that had quit in June.
Russ had supplied the regular climbing crew as the lift to get me up there can no longer get around the now landscaped grounds. The first great surprise, as we were standing beside the new cam that had fallen 100 feet down the tree as the climber was pulling it up him, was not just that this new Vivotek was still running after this incredible fall, but there on the nest tree, 6 feet up from the ground, was the obvious answer why the fixed close-up cam had died!! Here was the line coming down the tree but it had been hit, probably by a tractor blade and been severed. Ken quickly spliced it and wonders of wonders it started streaming. The second miracle of the day!!
After two days of frustration in attempting to get the PTZ cams level and functional the task was accomplished except that Brad had to go back a third day to tie down a loose strap and move the mic a bit higher. So today we have a PTZ and a fixed cam in the nest tree, a PTZ and fixed wide angle cam in the adjacent tree and the third PTZ to the south of the nest tree that looks out over Boundary Bay. So I suspect we now have the world's best camerized nest overlooking the best bald eagle habitat in the world. Over the next couple of weeks Ken hopes to get all this up and running. In situ are 3 PTZ and 2 fixed cams.
Note: The PTZ we removed proved to be semi functional and we are about to send it back to the manufacturer for review.