Archive for July, 2008

Quest Flies Before The Falls

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

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First time falcon watcher Jill Church proves she’s no slouch behind the camera with this colorful shot of Quest flying in front of the High Falls, taken on July 5th. Jill says that Quest was flying around the gorge playing talon tag with one of her siblings. She noticed that, similar to Mariah, Quest has a split in her primary flight feathers, though on the opposite wing. As Jill says, “Like mother, like daughter – she’s a beauty!”

We agree 100% Jill!

Gallery – Diamante Scratches an Itch

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Diamante Scratches an Itch
Here’s Diamante, doing a little preening while sitting on a tree branch near the pedestrian bridge. Falcon watcher and Rochester Falconcam team member Jim Pisello got this shot while he was waiting to catch an action shot of Diamante taking off. Jim notes that he watched Diamante in the tree for almost half an hour. He never did get that takeoff shot, but he tells us that he thinks this is a more interesting photo because of Diamante’s odd pose.

-Jess

Gallery – Seneca Enjoys A Salad

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

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Fledge Watcher and Rochester Falconcam team member Carol Phillips kicks off our 2008 Gallery at Imprints with a terrific shot of Seneca adding some roughage to her diet after consuming a pigeon earlier this week. She wasn’t really going vegan on us– Peregrines are pretty strict carnivores– but it’s a fun image don’t you think?

The breakfast left-overs are visible in the lower right corner of the image– don’t look there if you’re squeamish!

-Jess

Announcing the 2008 Fledge Watchers’ Gallery

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Once again we’d like to invite our local fledge watchers to submit pictures they’ve taken of Mariah, Kaver or this year’s great group of fledglings, to the 2008 Gallery at Imprints! Every few days we’ll host a new picture on the Rochester Falconcam’s home page, and we’ll provide details about the photo and the photographer here. And just like last year, we’ll feature the gallery images in the 2009 Rochester Falconcam Calendar.

To get started, just review our Submission Guidelines!

The Rochester Falconcam wants to thank the many talented photographers whose images help bring the wonder and excitement of the Rochester peregrines to our viewers around the world.

-Jess

After the “Season”, and a Nest Box Relocation Update

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Zephyr Eating Breakfast
Hopefully everyone has been following the fledglings’ antics at our FalconWatch blog. Our on-site team of watchers have provided over fifty updates so far. There are still a couple of weeks to go before the young Peregrines start moving away from the Rochester area, so keep checking the FalconWatch blog for more news in the coming days.

Our falcon relocation experts, the DEC’s Mike Allen and Barbara Loucks believe that our chances for a successful relocation are quite high, provided that we install a nest box in a location that’s within a few blocks of the current site, and that the location is one that is already familiar to the falcons. Interestingly, it doesn’t appear that we’ll need to install a lot of nest boxes– one or two boxes should be sufficient. A few Falconcam fans have made some independent inquiries and they’ve received the same information.

The Rochester Falconcam’s Nest Box Relocation Team has identified a few sites where we can place nest boxes. Led by Barbara Loucks, head biologist and manager of the statewide avian programs at the New York DEC’s Endangered Species Unit, the plan is now to install a small number of nest boxes at locations that appear to be well-suited as potential nesting sites. We’re currently working with property owners in the area to obtain the permission needed to install the nest boxes (and hopefully the Rochester Falconcam cameras too!).

Though we’ve turned off the Rochester Falconcam’s cameras, work has not yet begun on the repairs at the Kodak tower, and the nest box is still in place. We plan to remove this nest box and re-install it at the site that is likely to be accepted by Mariah and Kaver. Other nest boxes will be placed in a locations that also meets the requirements of the DEC. As the work progresses we’ll keep you updated.

-Jess

Gala Wrap-up, Closing the Falconcam Cameras & Site Updates

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Gala Guests
The opening night Gala for the Rochester Falcons art show at the High Falls Art Gallery was a terrific success! Our many guests included fans of Mariah and Kaver from around the country, as well as New York State Senator Joe Robach. We also had a couple of very special guests– Falconer and raptor artist Al Jordan joined us with Kai, his Harris Hawk!

After a wonderful 2008 nesting season we’ve seen all five of this year’s eyases– Seneca, Diamante, Quest, Zephyr and Susan B– take to the skies of Rochester and fledge successfully. Our computer servers have captured and stored many thousands of images, and space is getting short. Since the falcons have largely left the nest box, and we are preparing to transition the camera equipment and nest box, we’ll be turning off the Rochester Falconcam’s cameras on Monday, July 7th. We’ll continue to bring you information from our on-scene volunteer watchers at the FalconWatch Blog throughout the summer. And of course, we’ll keep you up to date on all the news here at Imprints.

The Falconcam site will remain active throughout the year so that we can bring you news of Quest’s travels via her solar-powered backpack transmitter. We’ve been informed by the satellite monitoring agency that her signals are being received, and we’re preparing the website so that we can show you where she goes. We’ll begin posting updates for Quest in a few weeks, as soon as she leaves the area. Look for updates to occur at intervals of roughly a week.

Our nest box relocation committee is already hard at work, contacting local property owners and making initial surveys for possible nest sites. We’ll be working with the project leaders for the renovations at the Kodak tower on the actual date that we’ll take down the nest box. We plan to reinstall the “Kodak” box at one of the relocation sites, and to install several others as well. We’ll keep everyone updated on the progress of this important work throughout the coming months.

We’re very excited about some new Rochester Falconcam merchandise that we’ll be showcasing at our new online store. Look for more news about that soon. We’ll also be announcing some upcoming opportunities for our viewers and fans to contribute to the story of Mariah and Kaver so stay tuned!

-Jess