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The white-tailed eagle camera is installed at a nest in
The installation of the camera in the new location was made in two snowy days in early February; Renno, Omar, Triin and Urmas took part. We did not see the eagles then. Hopefully neither did they see us .
Renno, Omar and Urmas heading towards the nest with batteries and other goods.
Renno placed the solar panels in a suitable place.
A good place was at the forest verge with a view towards south.
Triin – the lightest of us - circled above the nest forest and made these photos.
At the level of the nest when Urmas was busy there.
A view on the nest directly from above – the nest tree in the centre.
It seems that the installation of the camera was successful – the eagles watch us with interest from there (screencap caught by forum member Liz01, 3.03.2018).
Renno found this nest situated at a height of
From the nest a view opens up behind the tree crowns to the bog (a former sea bay) partly covered with reeds and from where water rails can sometimes be heard.
The camera system is constructed so that when darkness falls all power consumers are turned off and when it turns light are again turned on. This allows us to reduce the power need significantly in early spring and we need not risk disturbing the nest life of the eagles with a change of batteries. The solar batteries work well when they are not covered with snow and the sun shines. As days become longer we can transmit the whole night and day. This can be regulated from a distance without visiting the site. The camera is the familiar AXIS F41 from the earlier nest of white-tailed eagles Uku and Anna, and the microphone Omar built himself. As for transmission we abandoned constructing a WiFi link and hope for the 4G mobile internet to bring the camera image to the EENet server. In the server the image is split for the thousands of viewers all over the world who want to take part in happenings in the nest. If possible we will also use the YouTube streaming service in parallel. The mobile 4G transmission is not quite as stable as the earlier permanent links but it is much easier to use (a direct view is not necessary and the antenna need not be brought up into a tree crown).
According to the Nature conservation act, beginning from February 15 human movement near the white-tailed eagle nest location is prohibited (without special permission). Each camera watcher of the nest can check that the law is fulfilled and has the opportunity to feel as an invisible nature protection inspector at this nest...
...but let us hope that all works out nicely and that in July we will see the first flights of the eaglets.
As always many splendid and helpful people are connected to the enterprise. The camera system we assembled thanks to the very significant support of ventilation equipment producer ETS NORD AS (at the opening of their new plant they asked partners and customers to support the nest camera project of the Kotkaklubi instead of bringing flowers) and many thanks also to private donors. The system parts are quite expensive and without friendly supporters we would not be able to use them.
The minimal expenses of the running of the camera are covered by KIK this year but the appliances we would not have been able to purchase with this sum.
Using the stream from the nest elsewhere is not prohibited but please let us know in such cases (see the contacts at the end of the page or send a message to urmas(ät)kotkas.ee). Godparents are welcome to every camera; ETS NORD already became godparent on their own initiative.
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