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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Gulliver » Fri May 06, 2011 10:03 am

Dancer wrote:Wow Gulliver, I wish you had a live web cam stream 8-) 15 eggs - amazing !!

This is the camera kit I have used for the past 3 years.
http://www.handykam.com/Wired-camera-ki ... e.tpl.html
The night vision has failed in the past 3 weeks but the rest is OK.
Will install the High Resolution version for next year. :D
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Strum » Fri May 06, 2011 2:06 pm

Wow Gulliver, great price for what you get. What about all the cables/connections in the rain?
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Gulliver » Thu May 12, 2011 10:23 pm

First egg hatched today early afternoon (Thur 12th May)- no more in the later afternoon - would expect some in the morning - 14 more to go.

Here is the first pic
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Denis Cromie » Fri May 13, 2011 10:59 am

Brill Gulliver. :D :D
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Holla » Fri May 13, 2011 4:48 pm

Great work Gulliver and thanks for sharing the wondrers of nature with us :D
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Gulliver » Fri May 13, 2011 7:20 pm

Dancer wrote:Congrats Gulliver !! Is it a girl or a boy ? :D I can just imagine the response from Jordo and Holla on this one :lol: :lol: :lol:


Is there a clue in the fact that it/he/she is pink and lies around a lot??? ;) ;)

No further chicks hatched up to 7.20pm today Friday. Normally there is not so much of a time gap between hatchings. Beginning to worry - something may be wrong. Maybe this one is the bird equivalent of a premature birth - a premature hatching!! :? :?
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Gulliver » Mon May 16, 2011 12:46 pm

Dancer wrote:Any news Gulliver? Starting to worry now.


4 chicks now, latest one hatched this morning
Here is the happy :) :) family when Mom went out for a feed
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You will see that the dominant one, which is now 4 days old is much larger than the rest. He gets most of the food at feeding time. Conversly, the latest one gets very little, but you can see that it is breathing. With luck, this one will be more active by tomorrow. They look ugly at this stage with no feathers. Both parents are collecting food, but it does not appear to be as much as in previous years when all birds would be at the same stage of development.
The whole thing is complicated because they did not conform to the usual pattern of all hatched within a 24-hour period. I don't know whether the remaining eggs are fertile, and even whether they are from the same mother, as there were two females in the nest at times
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Denis Cromie » Mon May 16, 2011 8:01 pm

Great to see new life. Thanks Gulliver. :D :D :D
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Gulliver » Mon May 16, 2011 11:17 pm

Now there are 7 chicks after we got a pic of the hatching of No 7 this afternoon. You can see the chick sitting in the broken shell in the top of the pic, while the mother stands guard.
Really haven't a clue as to how this will pan out
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Strum » Tue May 17, 2011 2:24 am

Amazing Photo Blog Gulliver. Cheers. :O))
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby spudseamus » Tue May 17, 2011 7:26 am

Yes a great blog atallatall!
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Gulliver » Tue May 17, 2011 4:09 pm

Feeding time today at Monkstown 4.00pm Tue 17 May
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Gulliver » Fri May 20, 2011 10:40 am

Latest situation is that there are eight survivors, and two unhatched eggs, (probably infertile) from an original 15 eggs.
I spoke to Terry Flanagan of the Mooney Show, who went through the concept of synchronous hatching which is normal for these birds. In synchronous hatching, all are hatched together, and in the event of food shortage, the weaker ones will die. The weather this year has been favourable to birds which eat caterpillars, and the bluetit is one of these.
But my bird has not achieved synchronous hatching - possibly because the eggs are from two mothers. Terry regards this as very unusual. My earliest born chicks are now partly feathered and advancing well. Later chicks are still pink and unfeathered. I had expected that bigger chicks might get all the food, and smaller ones might die. Perhaps this has already happened to some, but those still there are apparently all strong.
Here, in this pic both parents are feeding, which happens every few minutes.
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This shot gives a better idea of the frenetic activity at feeding time. By the way, the big yellow beak, called a gape, will fall off in a week or so from now, and the chick will then look a bit more like its parents
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Denis Cromie » Fri May 20, 2011 10:57 am

Fantastic stuff Gulliver. :D :D
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Gulliver » Sun May 22, 2011 8:27 pm

Got some software together to enable a proper video. Here is a 4-minute period of feeding time Sunday afternoon 22/05/11. During this period, you will see the parents feeding them twice. Rest of the time they are just lying arould - in the sunshine. Later in the day they are more active.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iA4X-6w5Pko
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Gulliver » Mon May 23, 2011 10:31 am

Dancer wrote:Wow!! Great stuff Gulliver!! How long did you have to record to get that segment? You should send the video link to Mooney goes wild.


How long? This feeding activity every two minutes goes on all day from first light through to nightfall. If you calculate every 2 minutes over 16 hours per day for about 20 days - that is just about 9600 feeds. Diet is mainly caterpillars - one each time. A lot of caterpillars. So it it is not hard to get video content.

One thing which did not show on that vid is the sanitary arrangements. The chicks produce a white sac from the rear end, which is taken away by the mother regularly.
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Denis Cromie » Tue May 24, 2011 12:16 pm

Amazing Gulliver. :D :D
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Gulliver » Thu May 26, 2011 8:02 pm

Thursday evening 26th May 2011
5 minutes with my birds
Notice after about 1m19s how the mother ensures that the nest is kept clean!!!
5 bird survivors to date
Likely to leave the nest early next week

http://img37.imageshack.us/img37/4980/gdg.mp4
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Holla » Thu May 26, 2011 8:17 pm

just great thank you for sharing
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby farmboy » Thu May 26, 2011 10:49 pm

great stuff Gulliver 8-)
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby spudseamus » Fri May 27, 2011 7:14 am

wow only 5 out of fifteen eggs :shock:
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Denis Cromie » Fri May 27, 2011 10:45 am

Amazing Gulliver.
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Strum » Fri May 27, 2011 1:29 pm

Fantastic Gulliver. :D
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby Gulliver » Fri May 27, 2011 6:11 pm

Friday afternoon view from outside as parents feed every 2 minutes.


I have it temporarily set up on a projector on the kitchen wall!!!!! I'll be here tomorrow Sat 28th 10.30-11.30am and I expect it to be very lively - likely to fledge on the following day. If anybody is interested in seeing it live with a cup of coffee, just PM me for directions....
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Re: Bluetit Webcam - Monkstown

Postby jordo » Fri May 27, 2011 8:08 pm

I have followed this from the beginning, it is fantastic stuff. Thanks for sharing Gulliver, I wil miss them.
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