About nesting sites of birds: live pictures...

(last update 7. Jan 2003)

season 2002 finished, expecting 2003...

Active sites:

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The first link I present is no web camera, but also essential. The reason is simply, that only the scientific latin names of the bird species are international and therefore language independent. But they are not known to not specialized people. A translation mechanism is clearly required...

Bird Name Translation Service
 
This Belgian site offers an excellent help for identification of bird names. You can use it as well in different explaining languages as well for translation into nine different European languages and also the latin, scientific name. Simply a requirement, when surfing through the net after birds...

German flagDiese belgische Homepage bietet eine exzellente Übersetzungshilfe für Vogelnamen an. Man kann sie sowohl in verschiedenen Sprachen benutzen, als auch die Namen in 9 indoeuropäische Sprachen sowie den wissenschaftlichen, lateinischen Namen übersetzen lassen. Für die Suche im Netz nach Vögeln unentbehrlich...

Because above service is limited to birds in the Western Palaearctic (Europe, Northern Africa and Near East), you may use for birds not present in that region the following Bavarian service (aside from the scientific names limited to English and German, sometimes also Spanish and French names are available):

English version   Deutsche (Original-)Fassung


 
 
Now I present the web cameras themselves. For the above explained reason I use primary the latin names and list than in brackets the name in the most important indoeuropean languages: English, Spanish, French and German. The mostly watched species seems to be the Falco peregrinus, which is along with the Pandion haliaetus the only world wide distributed bird of prey. Another important factor are the differences between time zones on Earth, which were introduced to compensate the longitude difference with respect especially to the Sun. The superfluous and expensive so-called daylight time tends to make things even more complicated, but luckily at least the times of change from it to the normal local time are now widely identical. Therefore only the other half of Earth (north-south divided) has a different time schedule. This is, because the summer and winter times are exchanged between the southern and northern half of the globe. All cited cameras are on the northern hemisphere and so are most people living on Earth. That is it, why I will ignore this complication. Also most nesting sites lie in midth-northern latitudes, which has a certain impact on the sunshine time. It's during the relevant time of year in most cases longer than half the day, clearly exceeding 12 hours per day.

One final important remark: checking often back daily and several times a day even to one of the sites can be quite expensive in various countries (especially in Germany). So you have to consider, if you want to watch it really periodically...


 

Falco peregrinus
(Peregrine Falcon, Spanish Flag Halcón común , French flag Faucon pélerin , German Flag Wanderfalke)
 
About this extremely fast and elegant flyer there are at least five web cameras alone. This bird is despite it's world wide distribution in many areas of the world threatened by humans. The worst are the criminals, who steel eggs and even chicks out of their nests and sell them at prices at excess of 100,000 $ per "piece" to the also criminal buyers mostly in the Arabian countries. Please keep this in mind. Now I present the links along with the time zones. Also the at now active cameras are signed as to be.

Flying FalconMontreal Falcons camera     seems to be vanished!
 
Timezone (North American) Eastern Time (ET), therefore five hours behind Universal (=Greenwich) Time (UT).

At the stock exchange of Montreal is a first camera to check out. Their is also an explanation of the history of the falcons and the rescue program created for them. In many parts of the world the only chance to save them was and is the direct guarding of their eyries. It seems there were live pictures this year very late, but you may read respective watch all the other good stuff. JavaScript support is needed for the 30 seconds popup window.

Pittsburgh Falcon nesting site     seems to be cancelled!
 
Again timezone ET = UT - 5 hours. Be aware, for it automatically updates the picture all 25 seconds, which is comfortable, but can be especially expensive.

NSP camera gifNSP web camera   season 2002 was running on three locations again!
 
Timezone is UT - 6 hours (the Chicago one). It's obvious, that they have more cameras --- you can try others then these three yourself? CAUTION: this page also updates automatically, in this case really hard to determine (some M$ polluted scripting shit, sorry!). At last they changed the URL and (ab-)use JavaScript for refreshing instead of HTML meta refresh.

Seattle Falcon logoSeattle Peregrine Project   season 2002 has finished
 
Timezone is Pacific Time PT = UT - 8 hours. They present also a number of further falcon web cameras by a link list. 1999 the falcons didn't breed at their usual nesting site (weather, age or any other reason(s)). So what remained were only archives and links, but in 2000 and now in 2001 they came back...

Hamilton Peregrine Camera   season 2001 is finished, season 2002 no transmission!
 
This Canadian site has ET = UT - 5 hours. It belongs to the Canadian Peregrine Project and has a refresh set to every single minute. For the refresh countdown you have to enable JavaScript, as well, as to get a picture only window (after the opening of it you can deactivate JavaScript again, if you don't need or want the countdown!).

 

Falco tinnunculus
(Kestrel, Spanish flag Cernícalo vulgar , French flag Faucon crécerelle , German flag Turmfalke)
 
This is the only Falcon species, which is frequent in Europe and not endangered anyway so far. It's most typical behaviour is "hovering" in the air without movement and even with low winds doing so without moving the wings. At now I can present two sites, one is alive:
Austrian Kestrel Camera
 
Timezone is again CET = UT + 1 hour. Falco tinnunculus uses very often human buildings as nesting site - more often than his "big brother Falcon" peregrine. This school location is no exception. Continuation in 1999 questionable. German Flag In Österreich brüten Turmfalken an einem typischen Platz, einer Schule (Zeitzone ist natürlich MEZ). Es ist unklar, ob überhaupt noch Live-Bilder geboten werden.

BBC Kestrel Cam

After the success with the barn owl real video camera (see below) the animal presenting famous BBC offers now the same for Kestrels. After downloading the *.ram file which steers it, you can live without your browser by laying the continuous life video in your RealPlayer alone ---- if you can afford the related costs. Sadly it's no longer offered live. Timezone is of course the british one, what means GT = UT.


 

Pandion haliaetus
(Osprey, Spanish flag Águila pescadora , French flag Balbuzard pêcheur , German flag Fischadler)
 
The other cosmopolitan among the birds of prey is a very specialized fish eating animal. It was several times reported, that they drowned by misjudging the size of an attacked fish and their unability, to lose their especially constructed tight grip on them early enough. There is a very good site, active relatively late in the year:

The Scottish Osprey Cam --- sadly closed down!  
 
Timezone is Greenwich (Median) Time = GMT = UT. This camera is installed at the Scottish Highlands and due to the cold climate, they begin their nesting business later in the year as the above ones. The BBC is participant of that project, known for excellent animal documentations. Due to unknown circumstances there are no live pictures for 2000 - at least not yet. You may enjoy meanwhile some of the other presented webcams about penguins, Barn Owls and so on(?).

Kings Plant Osprey Cam   2000 to 2002 no activity

Timezone is again UT - 6 hours (Chicago time), but the position is not well assigned. An usual safety measure against potential egg and chick thieves, generally especially done for falcons and true eagles (the osprey ist not a close relative of them!). Automatic refresh occurs every 115 seconds.


 

Haliaeetus leucocephalus
(Bald Eagle, Spanish flagPigargo Americano , French flagPygargue à tête blanche , German flagWeißkopfseeadler)

The heraldic bird of the USA is a close relative of the European species Haliaeetus albicilla and its designation hints to the most striking difference between them: the bald eagles white head, which is brown as the rest of the body with its European relative. Nowadays this big bird of prey is relatively effective protected in Northern America and has partly regained its distribution and numbers before the arrival of the white man with guns and deadly chemistry (especially DDT). Like the osprey, the bald eagle is no "true eagle" (only the species with aquila as scientific first name are such "real eagles"!).

One site in USA (Massachusetts) is presented here:

Northeast Utilities Bald Eagles    breeding in 2001 came to a sudden end --- in 2002 it was successfully: both hatched! at the moment down

Timezone is again ET = UT - 5 hours. The transmission is sometimes suspended on weekends, so it's not sure if you will have the chance to see the chicks hatching... Automatic refreshing seems not to be active, an actual image occurs every 5 minutes (load by yourself); JavaScript is needed (only) for the top menu bar activation. 2001 remark: the late, but harsh winter days have extinguished the three eggs... Such things can happen even to experienced pairs of bald eagles; probably they have more luck next year again.


 

Ciconia ciconia
(White Stork, Spanish flag Ciguëña común , French flag Cicogne blanche , German flag Weißstorch)
 
This great bird is in actual danger to be extincted by us, the dangerous, aggressive mankind. We do this by destroying the living ground of him, but ironically the nests are since centuries and also nowadays mostly on top of human houses. There is a German site with live pictures of it:

German Stork Camera    chicks left nest/Junge haben Nest verlassen/no 2001 pictures/keine 2001 Bilder

Timezone is also CET = UT + 1 hour. It's part of a greater page of the German NABU (a nature protection union of private type). German Flag Diese deutsche Homepage bietet Bilder des Weißstorchs aus dem Havelland in Brandenburg. Es gehört zum Angebot des NABU (NAturschutz-BUnd).

Another German Stork Camera   live pictures in 2002, expected to recur

Another German stork cam (despite this bird has become very rare here in Germany as already mentioned). It offers as well a Java applet, which refreshes permanently, as a live real video stream streaming on an acceptable rate even for 56k modems. Timezone again CET = UT + 1 hour.

Eine weitere Storchenkamera. Es gibt sowohl ein sich ständig aktualisierendes Java-Applet als auch einen live-Realvideo-Strom, der auch noch mit 56k Modems annehmbare Ergebnisse liefert.


 

Parus major
(Great Tit, Spanish flagCarbonero común , French flagMésange charbonnière , German flag Kohlmeise)
 
Contrary to the above mentioned species Parus major is so common in Europe, that I read once the description about presence: "at all places with trees". And this tiny bird (compare to the other mentioned birds) mass-produces eggs and chicks, so it is a welcome object for observation.

Here is a German site showing a nest of it:

Meisen-Kamera  can be on- and offline rapidly, due to the short timespans required by them, transmissions in 2002 were shown!

Timezone is also CET = UT + 1 hour. Obviously a German university is partly responsible for the camera and site. There is some JavaScript involved, but it seems not to be essential for watching. Automatic refresh takes place every 30 seconds(!). After the short nesting period you can check out the gallery for the "milestones". German FlagDiese Seite wird von der Universität Karlsruhe mit getragen. JavaScript wird verwendet; scheint aber für die Verfolgung der Bilder/Gallerien nicht notwendig zu sein. Ein automatischer Refresh erfolgt alle 30 Sekunden(!). Nach der kurzen Periode im Nest kann man die Gallerie ansehen, in der die wichtigsten Augenblicke dokumentiert sind.


 Tyto alba
(Barn Owl, Spanish flagLechuza común , French flagChouette effraie , German flag Schleiereule)
 
This owl with the somewhat strange white "face" is also suffering from the way, in which humans shape the landscape (respective the remains of it). Mainly active in the dawn and at night as most owls are, the inner view with light of a nesting facility is generally preferable... Two sites listed:

BBC Nature Webcam Barn Owls   only "archive" still available

This camera system is especially remarkable, because you can choose among three options: inner view, outside view (the usual stills, taken in certain time spacings) and streaming live picture by Real Video(!). Regretfully this seem to be only once performed, in 2000, and afterwards closed down(?). The timezone is of course UT (UK).

French Site with Clips   in 2001 active, but not realtime life material (summaries)

At this site you can watch Real Videos and MPEG-1 streams from some more owls of this species. The timezone is CET. Frames are used, but the navigation is not too difficult despite some texts are in French exclusively. You can JavaScript turn off --- better keep it turned off! ---, because you lose just an annoying pop-up ad if you do so...

 

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