Skip to comments.New Georgia DNR Camera Live-Streams Peregrine Falcons In Downtown Atlanta
Posted on 03/13/2013 9:44:04 AM PDT by EXCH54FE
ATLANTA, Ga. --(Ammoland.com)- Atlantas fast-flying falcons are on the nest, and the world is watching again but this time via video streamed at up to HD quality!
A new web camera operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources offers a fascinating look into a peregrine falcons nest more than 50 stories high in downtown Atlanta.
The peregrines began nesting in early March and already have three eggs. The new camera is streaming the nest 24/7 on Ustream, at www.ustream.tv/georgiawildlife and www.georgiawildlife.com/FalconCam.
Jim Ozier, program manager with DNRs Nongame Conservation Section, said the web cam is a wonderful opportunity for Georgians and wildlife enthusiasts around the world to witness in detail the life history of this once very rare and elusive species. Its great to be able to share and build upon this success story.
Peregrines have been nesting in balcony planters at SunTrust Plaza since 1997. An older camera provided lower-quality images of the nest until a few years ago.
The new camera and other upgrades were provided through a grant from The Environmental Resources Network (TERN), the friends group of DNRs Nongame Conservation Section, and key support from the international law firm McKenna Long & Aldridge, whose offices overlook the falcons nest, and the Garden Club of Georgia Inc. All three were also partners in the original camera project.
McKenna Long & Aldridge Chairman Jeff Haidet said observing the nesting and offspring of the peregrines each spring is a reminder of just how extraordinary it is to have these two incredible birds of prey living in our midst in downtown Atlanta.
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But wildlife lovers can keep close tabs on this falcon family and comment via social media features on Ustream, one of the worlds largest live-streaming platforms.
Peregrines were removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species because of a successful population recovery effort. Yet the birds are still state-listed as rare in Georgia.
Whats not so rare now is seeing up-close what nest life is like for one pair of Atlanta falcons!
My internet speed maxes out at 3 Mbps (admittedly slow compared to what is out there these days), and I just barely got the live cam thread to work. Lots of break up and single frame chop. Nonetheless, I enjoyed looking. Thanks for posting.
Along the same lines, their are a pair of Bald Eagles nesting on a hillside above along the Monongahela River right in the City of Pittsburgh. This is the second pair in the area. Another pair have been nesting for a couple of years along the Allegheny river on the other side of town.
The steep hilsides along the rivers gives them places to nest where they feel safe and isolated and the rivers have plenty of fish to feed them.
I'm not a big bird watcher, but it is really cool to see these magnificant birds.
I’ve got 30mbps download, and the streaming doesn’t work very well here either. Must be a bottleneck at the host site.
Nothing but freeze frame here.
Thank you Lord, for blessings without number!