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FalconCam Main Camera is Back!

Archer and Beauty

Great news! The efforts of the Rochester Falconcam technical staff have paid off, and we’re happy to announce that our high-resolution Main Camera’s images are being transmitted from the nest box on the Times Square building! Now that we have the camera running we’ll work on getting its images back onto the Rochester Falconcam site, but for now you can view them over at the Rochester Falconcam Archive Viewer. Just choose the date and time you want to see and select “Main” from the list of cameras, then click the Go button to see the images. You can use the navigation buttons to move forward and backward through the archived images, or click the Now button to see the most recent image.

The Rochester Falconcam’s Multicam page now displays 4 camera views. Camera #1 is mounted inside the nest box at the Times Square building. This is the nest box shown in the picture above. The other 3 images on the Multicam page are from the cameras at the nest box on the nearby Powers Building. Camera 2 is currently aimed at the Times Square building, from about one block away. Cameras 3 & 4 show the interior of the Powers Building nest box.

Now that the Main Camera and Camera 1 are transmitting from the Times Square nest box, keep watching to see if you can spot Archer and Beauty stopping by for a visit or to practice their pair bonding activity!

UPDATE! Main Camera’s images are now available on the Rochester Falconcam site!

29 Responses to “FalconCam Main Camera is Back!”

  1. Alison in Indiana Says:

    I am so thrilled, THANK-YOU, thank-you, thank-you. It looks wonderful!
    Did you put the falcon watchers’ slideshow somewhere where we can find it?

  2. Kathy V Says:

    Thank you so much, its going to be great.

  3. RJBuc Says:

    Great work, everyone! Your efforts are much appreciated. I’ll be sure to keep watching. Thank you.

  4. Angela Says:

    Yay!!! Thank You!!!! 😀

  5. Angela Says:

    By the way..Can you put up a post that shows and tells us which one is which? I know the females are bigger than the males but, I’d love to know when I see one of them if its Archer or Beauty.

  6. ei Says:

    While we wait for an official comparison shot, I put together a collage of Beauty & Archer here http://tinyurl.com/kqp5th

    Beauty-black/green left leg band, very dark grey, head dark all the way to her cere, shallow peachy/pink “bib” with a lot of streaks

    Archer-solid black left leg band, light & dark grey, white over his cere (like Mariah), deep bright white “bib” with very few streaks

    Hope this helps. Thanks to everyone for their hard work…I’m so excited to get to know these 2 better!

  7. Jess Says:

    @Alison – We’re working on a redesign of the menu of links (along the top and at the left side of the site’s pages) that will include a link to the slideshow. For now we thought it more important to get the Main cam image back up and running!

  8. Melissa in MA Says:

    Great news!!! All the work everyone does to allow people like me
    access into the world of these falcons is SO appreciated.
    thank you thank you thank you

  9. Angela Says:

    ei….Thank you! I can definiatly tell the difference between them!

  10. Maureen in MA Says:

    Not to be redundant, but thank you thank you thank you!! Your hard work is greatly appreciated, as are your efforts to keep those of us not fortunate enough to be in Rochester in touch with the falcon goings on there!!

  11. Anita Says:

    I have a question, that is probably silly, but I am going to ask anyway. Is this Times Square Building the one in New York City? If so, how far is it from the Kodak Building in Rochester?

  12. Alison in Indiana Says:

    This Times Square building is in Rochester and has nothing to do with Times Square in NYC. I am guessing that all these Times Squares are named after the Times Newspaper, but would be happy to hear the real story :0)
    Interesting close up of the scrape this morning. I will have to go to the Archive to see why you moved in so close on the Main Camera.

  13. Shaky Says:

    @Anita, the Times Square building is about 1/2 mile from the Kodak building.

    Here is a map. http://tinyurl.com/mg5vnp

  14. Diane D. Says:

    Thank you so much for all of your efforts in achieving this. I enjoy checking a couple of times each day. D.

  15. Donna Says:

    Wow, this is great news! Sit back and enjoy the view!

  16. Alison in Indiana Says:

    Beauty is on camera now and was in the nest box a number of times over the past 20 hours. If this were March, I would be looking forward to eggs.

  17. nona Says:

    Is it totally unheard of for a PF pair to nest, lay, hatch & raise a clutch this late in the season???

  18. Carol P. Says:

    @nona – I asked Barbara Loucks from the DEC about this. She said that it is more than likely past nesting season for Archer and Beauty. Although we’ve been seeing them exhibit bonding behavior, like the bowing they do to each other, no one has witnessed them mating. I wish it wasn’t too late, but I believe it is.

  19. Ashira Says:

    Thank you all so much. It’s been a rough year for us all so far, and it’s wonderful to know we still have our falcon team working so hard. ~3 2009 may have fallen short of our expectations, but who knows – if all goes well we may have a pair nesting in the box next year.

    Is it possible for Mariah to come back next year to nest if she finds a different male? Could she even live in the same city as Archer and Beauty? It would be wonderful – if not probable – to see two pairs in the city.

  20. Kathy G Says:

    What a great greeting when I checked the camera a few min ago! Taking in the morning sun–Beauty! Seems like a good omen for the day.

  21. Retread Says:

    On the basis that one cannot say thank you too often, I’ll add mine to all of the above. It’s nice to have cameras again. Thanks for all the work to arrange this, falcon voyeurs everywhere are a little bit happier today.

  22. Carol P. Says:

    @Ashira – Anything’s possible. 😉

  23. nona Says:

    I have to say I’m truly enjoying seeing A & B at the main camera. I checked in at 3PM ET and Beauty was hanging out in the box… she left at about 5:50 and Archer appeared within 5 minutes and he is still there at 7PM ET. This is such a treat after so long with only occasional pic from the wonderful, devoted Watchers. Adding my thanks for the privilege of viewing these cameras.

  24. Amy V. Says:

    I agree with Nona — sitting on the edge of the nest box must afford a wonderful view of potential prey, and a mighty good overlook of A & B’s new “neighborhood!”

  25. Carol P. Says:

    @Nona & Amy V – I’ve been on the Broad St Bridge, just east of the Times Square Bldg, and witnessed Beauty dive off of the nest box to the river below. For 10 minutes she put on a wonderful show for me, straffing gulls, ducks and pigeons. Oh, and a juvenile Great Blue Heron! She even landed for a moment on the river rocks. Lots of good hunting in that area.

  26. Paul Says:

    Great work, folks — I really appreciate your efforts. It’s so great to be able to get a morning falcon fix!


  27. Lorr54 Says:

    WooHoo!! I have so missed the Falconcam. Thank you so much for all the hard work!

  28. chrissy Says:

    Nicely done, Jess! It’s great to see this new pair up close and personal. I see you’ve even managed to add rulers to the back wall of the nestbox.

    Mariah’s behavior is like the Canada goose behind the house here. Like falcons, Canada geese mate for life and this one is still patiently waiting for it’s mate to return from migration.

  29. chrissy Says:

    A blurb from Mark Nash up at CPF for all you Quest junkies . . .


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