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By: gemini (offline) on Tuesday, September 03 2013 @ 01:49 PM EDT (Read 206570 times)  
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Discussion, Observations, Screenshots & Videos - Lafarge Vancouver Bald Eagle Nest
2013/14 Nesting Season


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This thread is for Discussion, Observations, Screenshots & Videos solely related to actions / events / occurrences at the Lafarge Nest.

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 Lafarge 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) - and if you would limit the smileys - that would be lovely!


Link to the cams

Smaller versions of the cams:
Lafarge - Sideview - staticpages/index.php/Lafarge-SmallCam01
Lafarge - Overhead - staticpages/index.php/Lafarge-SmallCam02

The Cameras

The 2013/14 season will continue to feature our 20 x HD PTZ cam with microphone plus the side view cam mounted on the Tower, Please read important technical information regarding the PTZ cam and zooming in the two posts below.

Here is a map showing the relative positions of the Vancouver area nests.


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Useful LInks



Significant Dates - 2013-2014 Nesting Season

Mom Lafarge returned home:

Dad Lafarge returned home:

Eggs Laid: March 15, 4:39 pm; March 18, 4:00 pm; March 21st 7:00 pm

Eggs Hatched:
1st - 23rd April - 11:06 am
2nd - Failed - 25th April
3rd - 26th April - 8:28 am

Eaglets Named: J.J. (older) and Jess (younger) - named by nearby Hastings Elementary School, which was contacted by the superintendent at Lafarge Vancouver

Date(s) Fledged::
J.J. - July 22, about 10:42 am (90 days old)
Jess - July 25, 6:57 am (90 days old)

Left the area for fall migration:

JJ and Jess were seen August 8, 5:00 pm - forum/viewtopic.php?topic=689360#689360
one fledgling was seen August 9, 7:43 am - forum/viewtopic.php?topic=689466#689466
both adults were seen August 11, 7:48 am - forum/viewtopic.php?topic=691656#691656

A visiting adult was seen from August (12 - or maybe 11) through August 18, and it's possible that one of the resident adults was seen during that time - sometimes observer could see the visitor's much-whiter head, but not always, and the visitor often perched in places where the resident adults didn't usually perch - but it wasn't always easy to get a clear view when an adult was seen.

For identification of parents: Ma has the lighter feathers...greyish brown. Pa is much darker....feathers almost black

Mom (foreground) and Dad Lafarge before they got into whatever they got into as seen in the 2 scaps following this one!!
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When last seen shortly before leaving for the 2013 fall migration Dad was sporting a blackish smudge on the back of his head and behind the right eye, while Mom had a rather largish dark smudge (that had started to fade) on the back of her neck on the left side. They may or may not still have the stains when they return!
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Taken May 15, 2014 Thank you, Martin Passchier
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Nest Adoptions for 2014

To date in the calendar year 2014 the Lafarge nest has been adopted by:

~ Judi
~ JudyB
~ Jean/mjb
~ gemini



You too can honor your favorite fine feathered family -
and support the work of Hancock Wildlife -
by adopting the HWF nest of your choice -

Click HERE to see how!







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By: gemini (offline) on Tuesday, September 03 2013 @ 01:49 PM EDT  
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Lafarge Cameras - re technical explanation of the picture quality

The Side View Cam: The sun glare will always break up the picture quality of the camera - especially in the spring while the sun is still low in the sky. As summer nears and the sun moves further north, the problem will likely resolve itself. With the increase of the lighting on the Lafarge property this cam will give a much better view at night this year.

Overhead view: Unlike the cams at our other nests, the Lafarge cam may experience some freezing during zooming. This is due to the cam being run on only 1 MB of bandwidth as opposed to our other cams which run on either 5MB or 10MB of bandwidth. Unfortunately, because of the setup at Lafarge, the bandwidth cannot be increased at this time.

However, Infrared light has been added to the nest this year. This combined with the increased lighting on the Lafarge property should improve our night vision immensely. It promises to be an very good year for viewing the Lafarge cams!






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By: gemini (offline) on Tuesday, September 03 2013 @ 01:50 PM EDT  
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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 to 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.

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By: gemini (offline) on Tuesday, September 03 2013 @ 02:20 PM EDT  
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Here is a S'cap showing some of the Commonly Used Terms to Describe Nest Locations. Thanks for Terry for putting this together.

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By: cococat9 (offline) on Thursday, September 26 2013 @ 01:54 PM EDT  
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SOMEONE IS HOME!! love

10:53am . .
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By: cococat9 (offline) on Thursday, September 26 2013 @ 02:05 PM EDT  
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11:01am . . In the nest checking things out
I think this is Ma
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Going to try and move the cam up a bit so we can get a better look at our beautiful Ma!


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By: SueD (offline) on Thursday, September 26 2013 @ 02:07 PM EDT  
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11:02-11:03 a.m.: Welcome back, Ma Lafarge! Just heard her trill ... what a lovely sound!Very Happy
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By: mini (offline) on Thursday, September 26 2013 @ 02:10 PM EDT  
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Grin Hi Carole....how nice is this to log into. So you think its Ma Smile
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