Thanks for your patience everyone with our technical hiccups – as they say troubles come in threes and we’ve been troubleshooting three separate camera issues over the last week.
Firstly, almost everyone is now able to view the new Webcam streaming service in better quality – there are about a dozen people who have contacted us to let us know they are still unable to view the cameras, and as well as giving some general advice, we will be contacting these people individually over the next few days to try to get them back enjoying the cameras asap.
Secondly, our technicians have been troubleshooting the occasional quality issues on the HD osprey nest camera and feel confident that some minor adjustments and additions next week will help smooth this out even more.
Lastly for the bad news: our night vision osprey nest camera has developed a serious and irreparable fault. We suspect the power cable for this camera has been damaged (small rodent teeth are probably to blame) over near the Osprey nest tree itself. This is despite this camera being fully serviced preseason and checked thoroughly- these things do sometimes happen unfortunately.
We are still able to view the nest tree and its environs using our other security cameras at night to ensure the BIRDS ARE STILL FULLY PROTECTED FROM HUMAN DISTURBANCE, 24hrs a day. Remember we also still have Osprey Watch staff and volunteers in the hides 24hrs a day watching and listening to the whole loch for any signs of trouble- nothing beats good old human observation skills!
However, it leaves us with no suitable image of the nest to stream to the internet overnight for our viewers and for this we apologise. Instead we will be streaming another camera view- that of the loch canal camera which often catches otters and beavers in action for you to enjoy. At first light the HD osprey nest camera will be switched on again each day on the webcam.
Please understand we cannot fix this camera fault at the moment as it has its origins at the nest tree itself and to put the ospreys at risk by going over there would be both illegal and unethical. The bird’s welfare has to come first, before our viewing pleasure.
We hope you will continue to enjoy the osprey webcam during all daylight hours (which in May in Scotland will be approx 4.30am to 11.30pm) and the alternate view at night for the time being.