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The Eagle Club of Estonia (Kotkaklubi) is a non-governmental organisation whose members have studied, observed and protected black storks, white tailed eagles, spotted eagles, ospreys, golden eagles and many more species for decades. Currently, the Eagle Club comprises 26 members. They include specialists in ornithology and nature conservation, foresters, and enthusiasts of nature and bird protection. Their primary objective is to guarantee the survival of endangered birds.
Kotkaklubi promotes the principles of nature-friendly management of forests and agriculture. They also ring juvenile birds, place transmitters on several young and adult birds, build artificial nest platforms if needed, and take care of injured animals.
In order to increase public awareness, they installed webcams and microphones on various nests. The Eagle Club has an ever-growing fan club for these webcams, and every year new people from all over the world join the ranks of observers. Always with the aim to transmit better images and sound to all of us, the Eagle Club pays a lot of attention to the quality of those cameras.
All activities of the Eagle Club are voluntary, so they depend on the financial support of many projects and the donations of various organisations and private persons. Unfortunately, this support does not include some very necessary expenses.
Currently, the Eagle Club is looking for support to their webcams.
The regular replacement of components of the equipment needed to broadcast images is a cost that is not yet sponsored.
In order to help the Eagle Club, we – forum members Jo, Anne and Kaori – decided to start this fundraising.
We had the idea to write – and illustrate – a popular, yet factual book about the life of a black stork named Karl, a fascinating bird you can currently observe here:
We have put a lot of love, time and energy into this book. A test-reader said: “It is a well-written story full of adventure, interesting facts and lovely illustrations.”
We really hope you will enjoy it too!
Small Print: For ease of administration, our fund-raising website is being organised by a member of the support group, Josephine Coleman, who will receive any funds on behalf of the project. The accounting will be overseen by two witnesses.
Le 3 septembre 2018 Josephine Coleman a écrit :
One final note to this very successful "Money Pot". In slightly less than 24 hours from now, this money pot will close.
Thanks to the heart-warming generosity of the contributors, the sum raised is going to be so helpful to Kotkaklubi in their work of caring about all these birds and their environments.
Thinking of the work and expense inolved in providing the cameras, the cable, batteries, solar panels and so many other costly items, makes us very happy with the sum raised in this round of fund raising.
Thank you very much to all who donated.
Le 8 mai 2018 Josephine Coleman a écrit :
As an addendum to the previous update, there is more information about the capercaillie camera.
Urmas has said -
"[i] Here is a snapshots of thescreen of an operator and users view of Capergaillie cam, typical ifconnection gets too bad. Usually it happens since 8 AM, if people opentheir internet devices to upload and download and watch something, etc.Mobile band width has to be shared between all users of that tower. Especially problematic is work of an operator in this case.
So it is with mobile internet, but WiFi link we can use without of competitors. Though, tower has to be connected to the fiber-optical cables."
[/i]This picture was taken at about 11.30 this morning. It is the operator's view when the camera stops. Access to the camera has to be restarted.
This is what every viewer sees in the course of an interruption.
Perhaps our current fund-raising effort could be of some help, next season.
Le 7 mai 2018 Josephine Coleman a écrit :
This week we are looking at the capercaillie camera. The capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) is Estonia's Bird Of The Year. This camera is a Pan Tilt Zoom type, which benefits from an operator in the early mornings, when the birds are active in their lek.
As is clear to anyone who watches this stream http://tv.eenet.ee/metsis.html
there are difficulties with the transmission of the stream.
Urmas explains -
At the moment (this season) we use 4G mobile network for transmission, but it is not firm at all. Sometimes it is enough to operate camera, but sometimes operation is impossible, because of very low speed of internet.
Next season we would like to build up WiFi transmission. This means one antenna on a tall tree in the forest and another in mobile tower with direct line of sight between the two. Similar transmission is used for Black Stork camera. And previously we used only WiFi antennas.
Don't know what will be price of that change. Depends on conditions.
Here are two pictures from that camera.
the first is a screen capture of the bird known as Notch with thanks to Hagmat of the Looduskalender forum http://www.looduskalender.ee/forum/viewtopic.php?p=582422#p582422
The picture was taken in full daylight and has been cleaned up to make him even more handsome.
Second picture shows the problems an operator faces. Operators have to be insomniacs - they start work at 03.50 as the birds are active then. Using mobile phone technology is fine in the early hours, but when people start the day and use their phones, things go wrong and the image stream suffers.
The second picture was taken by Juta, Forum Admin, at 04.45 - about 25 minutes before sunrise.
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