Tag Archive | cameras

A Global Pastime: Watching American Bald Eagles Online

It’s ever-increasing in popularity – watching American Bald Eagles on webcams!

American Bald Eagles are no longer an endangered species, therefore, many more are in existence to watch. With funding from various public donations and private resources, webcams over nests have captured compelling day-to-day lives of bald eagles – sleeping, waking, eating, mating, birthing, feeding, nesting, protecting, hunting and other various socializing activities of these majestic raptors.

With today’s technology, scientists and the public can now see bald eagles up close and personal. And it’s become a passion for some.

Bald Eagle webcams are very popular in America and worldwide. Can you imagine? Some of the most fervent and passionate bald eagle viewers are on every continent. The bird-watching and raptor-watching community is very thankful to have the support of citizen watchers from all over the globe, every hour of every day. Several webcams are solar powered and may not be on during the night, but many (with helpful grants and donations) have upgraded high resolution cameras that run 24//7 so not a moment is missed.

Think about it – it’s like another “citizen science project” that I previously blogged about: people from around the world are watching our American bald eagles for their own education, and they’re providing very valuable feedback about their observations. Many classrooms are reported to have regular live viewings of these majestic raptors. This is the closest we’ve ever gotten to viewing Bald Eagles in their natural habitat, so the public is voracious in its appetite to catch a glimpse of a yet unknown world.

Until this year, I hadn’t seen bald eagles in person; I’d only seen them on a webcam or TV. Side note, I checked out the website called “eBird” and found out where bird-watching hotspots are in my area. Because I did that, I was thrilled and privileged to be about 20 feet from one in a tree. What a glorious sight to behold!

To send you to the right places, I’m listing some great eagle-watching websites and webcams:

Live streaming video by Ustream

Cam 1 – (High Definition – Pan, Tilt, & Zoom Side View)
Cam 2 – (High Definition – Pan, Tilt, & Zoom Overhead View)
Cam 3 – (High Res Inside Nest View)
Cam 4 – (High Res Side Nest View)

If you can’t get physically out there to watch American Bald Eagles in action, go online – take flight!

Scandinavian Aurora Borealis / Northern Lights Webcams & Photos

UPDATE MARCH 8, 2014: An updated and more thorough aurora webcam list is here: https://cousinbelles.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/aurora-borealis-northern-lights-feb-18th-2014

Hey everybody, there’s a light show going on as we speak! Solar flares might be responsible for this latest and brightest phenomenon.

Since my last post about the Northern Lights, I wanted to give you a website for checking out Scandinavian webcams: http://www.spaceweatherlive.com/en/auroral-activity/webcams. Go now!!

It’s a page that shows webcams from Norway, Finland and Sweden – if you “scroll” through the webcams starting with the first one at the top (use the left and right arrow buttons), I noticed that the webcams start cycling through automatically. That said, you should know that sometimes the webcams are covered in clouds, snow, or moonlight, so auroras aren’t always visible. But when they are, they’re spectacular!

This is a webcam screen shot I took Feb 6th from Tromsø, Norway – check out the neon green  (I think it’s an antenna in the center):

TromsoCamFeb6

And now check out from tonight (Feb 7th), just a few minutes ago:

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TromsoCamFeb7_3

TromsoCamFeb7_4

TromsoCamFeb7_5

And even one in Anderes, Norway:

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In order to see where Auroras are most likely, check out this NOAA page for an updated map that refreshes every 30 seconds.

“Drive Me Insane” – A Highly Recommended Interactive Website!

OOOOH, this is amazing!! I love interactive websites where I can interact with machines or people. Actually, on this site, you can do both!

The interactive website called “Drive Me Insane” is truly a labor of love – and patience:

From the owner: “This site allows you to use home automation to have fun at someone else’s expense. Turn on their lights, play with the screams and voices, and get visual feedback on all of it. And yes, it’s all real.”

The owners are Paul and Gertie, and they’ve set up 2 user-controlled rooms where you can turn off and on lights/lamps, a fan, gadgets, and other cool doodads. You can pan the camera in the office. You can turn on the audio to hear whatever is going on.

In addition to the fun, the website offers instructions on how you can set your home up to do the same – off or online. They use X10 cameras, and I can vouch for the validity of using the controllers, and they’re not expensive. I happen to use my X10 setup for home security.

In their office you can even type in a message to be displayed on their scrolling marquee:

“Send a message to this cam by typing it in the text area and clicking the envelope. Your messages will appear on the marquee sign in the office and will be read by a voice synth.”

Go have some fun now!

Cousin Belle