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icatcher



Joined: 13 Apr 2005
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Location: Southampton

PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 11:31 am    Post subject: Marsh Harrier Cam Reply with quote

Hello All

Huw here from icatcher.

Sorry I have not been on the forum for some time, I have just been far too busy.

I have just spent some time in Norfolk putting in some cameras, for a few reserves up there. I just thought I would share some images from the latest camera to go in. We had to have a disturbence licence with this camera, which meant I got to work with Martin who is a great freelance wildlife cameraman.

The actual camera install was quite a scare, there is over 230 metres of coax and power, then about 2 km of fibre optic cable to get the signal back. We installed the camera when the hen was on a hunting trip. It is insde a hollow log, and its a new camera we have been developing for some time, I hope to get one over to Malcolm for a test report, but the images are the best we have produced.

This camera will be the first to carry the i-Catcher name as a dedicated wildlife camera, it used the latest high resolution sony elements and had a great depth of field. The PAL resolution is 550 TVL and its IR sensitive day night, best of all its smaller than a pack of polos. It will not be available for some time yet, and I need to get malcolm to do a full test first.

This camera might be featured on springwatch, they should finalise the schedule tommrow. If its not going to be on I will post the link on this thread for a live view. At the moment only Malcolms got the live link as we need to keep it clear for the program researchers.

I could not think of the best place to post this, but as it will likly convert to a live link next week it might as well go here.

Regards

Huw


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Strixaluco



Joined: 24 Mar 2005
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent, Huw - well done! These photos are amazing! Rolling Eyes
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Peter



Joined: 21 Apr 2005
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW!

Those are fabulous images. Small camera, clear, high res., outdoor proof...that is a very good niche to fill.

Probably outside of my purse now but maybe one day...
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icatcher



Joined: 13 Apr 2005
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Location: Southampton

PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there

Dont forget to click on the images for the full resolution.

The pictures I have posted have quite a lot of jpeg compression, I have just taken one with less compression (see attached). This is a very difficult situation for a camera, a long way out, bright sunlight, and shade, deep colours and a good depth of focus required, but the colour balance is spot on and the low light is good too.

Malcolm should have his camera to test next month, I look forward to seeing it on the site.

The chicks seem to fed mostly on moorhen chicks, I didnt know there weere so many morehen chicks available, they eat 3 yesterday. Shes an extreamly good mother too, but does have a habit of launching herself from the nest and sending the chicks flying all over the place. Its very worring as the next is 33 inchs above a wet fenn.

Anyway you will see it live soon, either on the telly or on this link. I feel so privialiged to have this window of a harriers nest, I can't stop watching it.

Huw
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fsphil



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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Logcam - Exponentially better than all the rest (sorry!)

Congratulations on a job well done! It's got to be the most ambitious setup this season and it's working beautifully. What size is that adult?

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Martin



Joined: 03 Nov 2005
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

a camera that size producing an image like that - brilliant !

how far away is it from the nest/zoom level/aperture because the DOF looks pretty good for such a large subject

lucky Malcolm - when do we all get one Wink

look forward to it hopefully being on Springwatch

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Kit



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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's really exciting, Huw, I'll look out for it on Springwatch (and BBF, of course). Hope all the trials go well!
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Tricia



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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely amazing Hugh; and thank you so much for sharing this - look forward to seeing it live soon (in either way), with great excitement. Very Happy Very Happy
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icatcher



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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi all

Just grabbed a quick capture


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For reference thats a bit of a moorhen on the right, I have seen this bird eat about 6 now.

The camera is 300mm from the nest.

The bird has about a 4 ft windspan.

I do hope its featured, either way its a great nest cam the guys at the reserve are learning lots.

Huw
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joshjenkinsshaw



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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW!!! thanks for sharing...Thats a first for me! Brilliant Laughing
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icatcher



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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First Camera Attack !!

The camera now has blood on it. The hen flew in with a meal, and immediatly attacked the camera.

Heres a shot I thought we would never get, down the throat of a marsh harrier, now I know what those moorhens saw !

Huw


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Martin



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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great shots

I can't remember what programme it was (autumnwatch?), or the specific bird (osprey?), but it repeatedly used the nearby nest camera as target practice

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ornithopod



Joined: 24 Mar 2005
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Huw,

All these marsh harrier pictures are great, but this one just takes my breath away!

We all hope your marsh harrier cam is featured on Springwatch!

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icatcher



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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi All

We think she had been planning it for a few days, the experts think it was motivated by curiosity rather than threat or distress.

This leaves us with a big problem because its now at 45 degress, there is some discussion as to wether to go back in to adjust. At the moment its not as good as it was so that might affect things.

Ohh well, at least we got some good shots. I'll let you know if we go back in to adjust of if its featured.

Malcolm have a look at the camera live now and you will see the issue. I think the blood on the lens is washing off.

Huw
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ornithopod



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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've had another look and can see that the image is now rotated through about 30 degrees - but no sign of any blood! It must have been washed off by now.

This marsh harrier must be a very intelligent bird!

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