We hope you have been enjoying watching our new osprey arrival on our webcam- the traffic on this webpage has certainly rocketed since the chicks arrival just over 10days ago.
Just a quick update on how things are working:
Most of you will know that some weeks ago our static/night vision osprey nest camera developed a fault. This is an intermittent fault: sometimes it works just fine ( for example when the weather is still and the chewed wires line up ok) and other times the quality deteriorates drastically, or even goes off altogether for a time leaving a blue screen ( often when its windy ). This is why we decided not to stream this camera overnight as before – it is just too unreliable currently and we cannot fix the problem at the nest tree end without disturbing the birds. We have experimented a couple of times recently with streaming it as you may have noticed, but it wasn’t a success.
Therefore we have decided to leave the HD daytime nest camera streaming to the internet continuously from now on – which means there will be a period of 3-4hours a night when the screen will show darkness, but at first light around 3am or so the nest will again come into view. We thought this was the best way to maximise your viewing of the nest.
Please be assured that the ospreys will continue to be monitored 24hours a day for their safety, using a combination of various other security cameras, and onsite staff and volunteers.
You may also have noticed today a minor change on the webcam page. Those of you who watched the ospreycam last year might remember a small “Join us” button in the top right hand corner. As our webcam is a free service we need to try and raise as much money as possible to keep it operational, and this small addition should help in this process.
Thank you , the Scottish Wildlife Trust team