A first view of the Stanley Park Heronry
Sunday, January 14 2007 @ 03:26 PM EST
Contributed by: richardpitt
Dalyce met me near the parking lot of the Parks Board offices which is just below some of the trees the herons have taken over. She had a plan of the area showing the trees with monikers of "A", "B", etc. and we discussed the potential placement of one or more cameras.
Most of the nests are in deciduous trees, delicately balanced and not looking at all safe. In fact, the nests must be very well constructed considering how few fell out, and how well those that did actually survived the fall. As you can see from the pictures here of nests on the ground, they are remarkably intact, and the comparison with Dalyce's umbrella gives you some scale that the view from the ground lacks.
Our proposal was to install two cameras for redundancy. Since we have decided that it is not in the best interests of the herons to put the cameras in the trees, we'll initially go with a single camera since it is one we can do ongoing maintenance to. As the season progresses, we may put a second camera in the same location with a slightly wider or different view if the opportunity presents itself.
Please join us in discussing this new camera and the herons in our discussion forum.