Assuming I can get the funds for camera 3 to be moved, where would the best new location be? A lower side on view of the nest box or behind the nest box on the side of the building? Not sure what we would see from here as it's a step into the unknown. They certainly scuttle round there when doing change overs and there is some food caching around there too. It might also allow us to see where any juveniles go when they begin to move around. There would need to be an appropriate fixing point for the camera. I have attached a pic that I took last week when trying to determine how much free cable I had on Falcon cam 1. That would be the proposed location of the low level nest box cam.
It would probably be set slightly further to the right unless I can find a fixing point for it. I might be able to get a clamp of some sort from the theatre manager. The sort of thing they might use for lighting maybe?
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Just realised that I didn't comment either MC ... you mentioned previously position cam behind nestbox, this could catch face view of birds as they come in under the girder on changeovers or bringing in prey for chicks?
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A week or so back, I spoke with Mark Speck of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and asked his advice regarding treating the marine ply we are using for the new box. He recommended using a water based wood preserver. This afternoon I applied the first of two coats to the box. The box itself is in the workshop at our Creative Industries Centre. One of my colleagues (Gary) took my basic design and improved on it greatly. The box is designed to be constructed 'in situ' as it would be too large and unwieldy to carry up to the roof and install in one piece. The design also makes it easier to maintain the box, as I can remove the sides and roof without the need to empty or move the tray. There will also be an aluminium cover on the roof. This will add protection to the timber and will include a 4cm run off at either end. This will hopefully keep the box nice and dry.
I also moved camera 3 from the end of the parapet to a spot next to the nest box. There is about 10m of spare cable on the camera, so I can move it next year if I so choose. IT will be testing the cameras in the next couple of weeks. Both Peregrines are still present during the day and roost on the West elevation overnight. They have made a mess of my nice clean roof, but I can clear that up when we install the box.
Here are some more recent photos to be going on with...
The three cameras in their new-ish locations. Camera 3 is on the angled scaffold pole.
Probable view from Camera 1
These views were taken by holding my phone in front of the lens of each camera. There will no doubt be a degree of tweaking required before I'm satisfied...
The new box (without roof). This is roughly the perspective we will get from camera 3
Camera 2 view. The pitched roof will be supported by the dexion struts. The side and rear panels are hinged. This offers additional support and aids installation. These two panels will be bolted to the sides of the tray (see below).
View from the rear.
Finally, the underside of the tray. The unistrut will keep the tray off the ground, thus assisting with drainage. We will be making a series of holes in the tray for this purpose.
This is the aluminium cover for the roof. It has a 4cm run off on each side.
Thanks to Dean for creating this.
I applied the second coat of wood preserver today. The first complete construction of the box is scheduled for Thursday. I hope to have it installed early next week.
In reply to monkeycheese:
monkeycheese said:f the Peregrines don't use it then I'll hand it over to my Pidges!
Will be interesting to see, who makes the first bid
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