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By: Pat B (offline) on Thursday, September 20 2012 @ 01:11 PM EDT (Read 416709 times)  
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Delta 2 - 2013 Cam Discussions/Obs, Pics, Videos

This thread is for Discussion, Observations, Screenshots & Videos solely related to actions / events / occurrences at the Delta 2 nest camera

Link to the cam - index.php?topic=Delta2#camera2

This can is also available on UStream - http://www.ustream.tv/hwfdeltaeagles

Screenshots and photos and/or links to videos are welcome in this thread as part of the discussion. We welcome all screenshots and videos of the Delta 2 nest captured via the webcams.

As a courtesy to viewers with slower internet connections, please limit the pictures in each post to no more than a total of 150,000 bytes (4 to 6 average screenshots), and please do not post animations (though it's fine to post a link to them).

Also, please review Richard Pitt's post Observations and Transgressions - thanks for your help and support!

History:

According to David Hancock the nest tree is a cottonwood; the tree height is about 90 feet with the nest being positioned about 75 feet up the tree.

Timeline 2013

Eggs Laid: First egg: March 7th late afternoon.
Second egg: March 10th - 3:42 pm

First hatch: April 16th 2013 - 12:44 pm . April 29th the chick is given the name Tux.

Second hatch: Did not hatch.

First branching: Canada Day, Mon 1st July

Fledge date: July 13th @ 5:29 a.m.

Last seen at nest: July 27 (Tux and Mom were both on the nest; food was delivered)

Last seen in area: Three large birds were seen flying on July 29, and might have been Tux and the adults


The following added by jkr on April 26, 2013

A bit of information about our ptz cam operations.

Our zoomers have been requested to keep the zoom cam and the embedded cam open simultaneously. There is a delay from the time they zoom the cam and the time you see it so they need to see when the change takes place before moving the camera again.

Having two windows open on their screen, which may be all they can fit on their monitor, they can't always read what is being posted at the forum at that time. If you post that you want the zoom changed or the panning changed our zoomerss are not aware of your request until after they leave zooming and open the forum window again.

Our own zoomers are not the only people who can access our cam controls. The landowners have access to change the zoom/pan which takes it out of our control. David and Ken can also change the cam at any given time without our knowledge. It is not always our own zoom team on the cameras.

Our zoomers are experienced eagle observers. If the cam zooms in closely they may be checking on the health of a chick/adult, checking food items, checking markings on an adult (eg: Delta Dad has a small spot next to his pupil on the right eye which identifies him from Mom), checking beaks/feet which may change colour if eagles are poisoned, and panning the area checking for intruders and watching eaglets once they learn to branch. Many times observations which may be of concern are reported to David Hancock for his biology records.

We wish we could accommodate all requests to have the camera in the exact spot each of you want it to be but that is impossible.

Thanks.


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By: Pat B (offline) on Thursday, September 20 2012 @ 01:14 PM EDT  
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Plans for the 2012 2013 season: At the beginning of the 2012 fall migration, in July August we will be cleaning and upgrading the sites as follows. (i) Delta 2 site will be upgraded with two full HD cams.
With sound and night vision
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Picture of the nest from the ground Taken /posted by Karen Bills on renovation day Sept 2012



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By: Pat B (offline) on Thursday, September 20 2012 @ 01:15 PM EDT  
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FROM DAVID HANCOCK:

Delta 2 Update for 2012 - 2013:

The Delta 2 pair gave us some worrisome moments this year with the loss of a chick. While no definitive answer has emerged as to why the chick suddenly fell over dead, the evidence suggests some heart attack or poisoning. More importantly they successfully fledged another young to the world of eagles. A bigger challenge for this pair and all wildlife living in the Delta region stretching from Boundary Bay on the east to Robert's Bank on the west, is the planned huge expansion of the Metro Vancouver Port Facilities, particularly along the Robert's Bank region and the adjacent container storage facilities utilizing the thousands of acres of Canada's best farmland. We, the masters of our fate, are about to commit one of the greatest ecological tragedies of the world -- turning the richest intertidal waters, the greatest feeding, loafing and migration holding area for shorebirds, waterfowl and the assortment of raptors, into industrial wasteland to support even more destructive industrial pollution. And that area is only the intertidal area bordering most of the proposed industrial and housing projects. The biggest area is the adjacent farmland -- some of the most productive land in Canada. Thank goodness we and the rest of the world don't need food. Bow to the power of greed. Enjoy our birds while you can.

But back to good things -- even if they are fleeting. Our Delta 2 pair have just had another pair move onto their western boundary -- somehow they are about to either share the perches of the high tension power lines or perhaps use this feature as the dividing line between territories. The new pair seemed to have been driven from another nest about 1/3 of a mile to the west. Their nest was certainly in a small poor tree and directly in front of a farmhouse. That nest either fell from the tree or simply broke off the small supportive branch and tumbled to the ground. Their new nest is also a flimsy structure and I doubt it will hold for long. Decent trees to support big eagle nests are few and far between in Delta. It will be interesting to see how the pairs work out new territorial boundaries.

Cam updates: We have placed another fine 20x PTZ cam at Delta2, making this the first nest with 2 PTZ cams. In fact the decision was made to place at least 1 PTZ at every nest and this has been done. We have new landowners at this site since we first placed in the cam back in the fall of 2006. A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity of meeting the new owner and was delighted to be greeted with, "Oh you have the cams, will you please keep them running, my family watches them!" So wonderful. While this nest is not as high as some it is one of our most sturdy trees and should hold a nesting pair for many years.

At this year's nest update I had forgotten to remind the crane provider to bring their harnesses, to strap Myles and me to the lift bucket. After phoning all around to unsuccessfully rent two sets, our Delta Cable sponsor had their tech division donate two brand new harness sets to us -- thanks, Mike Murphy of Delta Cable -- we will dangle from the tree tops more securely!

Site Sponsorship: This nest is largely funded by our viewers with Delta Cable supporting the outbound bandwidth. Thanks again.

Thanks.

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By: Pat B (offline) on Thursday, September 20 2012 @ 01:17 PM EDT  
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The Delta2 adults 2013

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Adults during incubation period in April
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By: sydie (offline) on Wednesday, October 03 2012 @ 09:51 PM EDT  
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Hi all wave 6:40 pm Parent doing some nestorations on the nest.

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By: irisheagle (offline) on Wednesday, October 03 2012 @ 10:01 PM EDT  
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Hi, all. Happy New Nest Year! I think this is Dad.

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By: cococat9 (offline) on Wednesday, October 03 2012 @ 10:15 PM EDT  
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Good Evening All :hello:

7:09pm...Eagle perched at 9....
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By: sydie (offline) on Wednesday, October 03 2012 @ 10:45 PM EDT  
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Quote by: cococat9

Good Evening All :hello:

7:09pm...Eagle perched at 9....




Good catch cococat !!!

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