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New Media Software

Media + Copyright
We have new media upload software The move to the new machine was done in concert with an upgrade to the software this site uses (geeklog). At the same time we experienced more problems with the media upload software we were using initially (inmemoriam plugin for geeklog) and decided to try another package. When I first put the forum site together I had looked at a plugin called Mediagallery. At that time the package was not nearly as mature as it is today, and I'm impressed with it. We've now switched over to it (in the process, losing some of the already problematic uploads to inmemoriam - see the note about it here.)

As you may notice, I've created a non-admin account for myself (rick-pitt) and used it to make sure that the member album setup is working. I just used the "JUPLOAD" option from the "Options" drop-down menu to upload 100 pictures in one go - worked like a charm. The software also shows the "EXIF" information from inside the pictures so you can see what the settings were when the picture was taken.

As soon as we get the new Hancock Wildlife TV web site up, we'll be moving the albums over to it.

The new software includes comments and ratings - so you can show your appreciation for all the time and effort that has gone into some of the compilations and captures. Of course if you find something that is not on topic or simply should not be there, please let us know at webmaster@hancockhouse.com

Please comment here on your experiences with this new software.


Read on for hits and tips as we figure them out...
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Hornby Island Eagle not SHOT!

Hornby Island Nest 2006-2008

Another interesting misinterpertation!!! The Horby Island Eagle has NOT been Shot!

I guess one has to chalk up to human behavior, or misbehavior, the inabitlity of some people to look for problems, create them from nothing, or read something bad into whatever they want. I had thought earlier that we shoud save the total Forum responses, not just for the interesting, thought provoking and sincere questions, but perhaps for the exceptional few who are not at all interested in the eagles, their incredibly facinating behaviior or questions about their environment, but seem hell bent on finding something to bicker about or distort -- for whatever reasons their contorted minds have conjured up. Could these demented souls be more interesting than the eagles? No -- I go for the eagles.

Here is Doug Carricks simple comment on the latest misunderstandings or bs ! He still has the live feed from the camera coming into his livingroom and knows of what he speaks.
Cheers
David Hancock

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FROM : DOUGLAS CARRICK on Hornby Island Date: August 9, 2006 10:25:16 PM CDT

I was informed about the BB shot rumour for the first time just 20 minutes ago. There is absolutely no truth to it. One problem about being shot in the nest is that they just don't use the nest any more. More important, I have seen them in surrounding perch trees every day up to July 29. On July 30, they went on migration.

I have been watching them particularly closely this year because so many people would be interested in the life of these "senior eagles" and I visualize myself as becoming an eagle geriatrician. Over the years, I have observed the average migration date for Hornby eagles is mid-August. But delays in migration occur in the case of late-hatching and late-flying eaglets. About six years ago, the eagle family two miles down the beach, which I call the "Dysfunctional Family", had an eaglet that fell from the nest too early and was ever so slow to learn to fly. Because of this, the family didn't migrate until mid September.

On the other hand eagles not burdened with offspring generally leave earlier. This year, I was watching closely to confirm just that. And they did leave earlier. All this is to say, that I have been watching the eagles especially closely this year and that they were managing very well until the date of migration. Neither eagle was shot by a BB, I can assure you.

Doug

PS -- NOTE: this is the bald eagle pair that so valiantly sat their two infertile eggs. We are hopng that they will do better next year. =======================

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Perspective Changes over Time -- well MAYBE? Maybe Not!

Victoria/Sidney Nest

UPDATED --- Aug 5th Posting:

Now, Aug 5, 2006, it is interesting to point out that what was said then (April 8/06) -- is largely the same now, except that the cost of the computers and 60+ hard drives, Richard's travel and costs for over 6 months, not to mention my travel costs and time, have greatly extended our initial investment. --- read more ---->>>

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Do You Have a Summary of Eagle Data?

Victoria/Sidney Nest

Nesting Eagle Data Needed: --- A couple of Requests ---:

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HI Live Eagle CAM followers:

I would love to post on our site some summary data and it has been suggested that several of you might well have been keeping notes:

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VICTORIA & SIDNEY - Both On the Wing -- VIDEO CLIPS

Victoria/Sidney Nest

David Hancock reports in: July 27 --- Great visit to nest today.

Richard and I arrived at the nest 1000 and saw several long and gracious flights by both Victoria and Sidney -- both were beautiful on the wing and doing very well. Here Ihave posted some video I shot of our kids flying. I only saw two landings by Sidney but both were accurate and gracious. On his last flight Sidney took off out of sight to the west.

Victoria's first flight covered over 2 miles of flying and soaring. Over a two hour period she made about 5 flights out over the nest, the bay and the surrounding countryside. Dr. Bird was also there and we were equally impressed with the strength of Sidneys flights. His second flight took him a long way to the west out towards the northern tip of Pat Bay -- and then he did not return. Both parents sat the entire time (actually one did take a short flight to go over to where Victoria had gone out of sight -- but returned as did Victoria) but they basically spent the two hours on two of their favorite trees overlooking the Bay.

Our babies are well on the way to independence. They will likely spend less time in the nest and a few days after the parents think that they have done enough and both disappear, our kids will enter their independent life. I sure wish them well.

We've had to cut the original video down substantially due to the huge file size it was - far larger than the streaming video resolution you've been used to. Here are the flight bits from both birds - enjoy.

Victoria's Flight
Sidney's Flight

David Hancock

See below how you can now post your video clips to our site:

The following pictures were taken on July 27 by Richard. --- read more ---->>

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