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Livestream Update

Today, I worked on testing my new live broadcasting setup.  The technology is maturing and I hope to be able to do weekly broadcasts.  My Livestream page is livestream.com/urbanhawks. Follow me to be notified of broadcasts.

This year my live broadcast technology stack includes:

  • Blackmagic Production Camera 4K EF
  • Røde Stereo Microphone
  • Various Canon Lenses and teleconverters, including a 600mm L II f/4 lens
  • ikan V-mount Batteries and Switronix Jetpack for Power
  • Teradek Vidiu Encoder with a SDI to HDMI converter
  • Teradek Live:Air iPad Production Suite running on an iPad Mini 3
  • iPhone 6 for LTE G4 connectivity and a mobile WiFi network

Think of all this as a mobile news van shrunk down to the size of a backpack.


Washington Square Park

On a hot day, the eyasses seemed to be more interested in sleeping than anything else.  I didn't get good video or stills, nor did I solve the riddle of how many eggs hatched (most likely only two of the three eggs).  But I did get a sunburn.  Hopefully, I'll have better luck later in the week.


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Another Feeding

Octavia must have some hungry youngsters on her hands.  Every time I visit the nest, I get to see her feeding her three eyasses.

(There was a hatchling being fed on Sunday, April 26th.  So, please be aware that the dates and ages of the eyasses being listed on the Palemale.com site for 2015 are incorrect.)


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Sheep Meadow Has Hatched

I had visited the Sheep Meadow nest on Friday.  Except for the female being higher in the nest than normal, there was no sign of a hatch.  But today, after a visit by the male who seemed to be mesmerized by the contents of the nest, the female did a brief feeding.  It will be a few days before we can take "baby pictures", but it's great to see these hawks do well in their second year.

This year, the male has a strange tail feather.  While red in color it has stripes like a juvenile feather.  Something I've never seen before on a Red-tailed Hawk.


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Fifth Avenue Trio

Although most of the 5th Avenue bench thought we had three eyasses, today was the first time I could see for sure.  The video is a nice long feeding of all three youngsters.  Enjoy the little ones.  They'll be grown up before you know it!

(The second video is the same as the first, except is cropped differently.  It will make it easier to see the eyasses on smartphones and other small screens.)



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Feeding on Avenue A

The Avenue A & 3rd Street nest hatched about a week ago.  There are three eyasses.  Tonight I arrived just as their mother return to the nest and fed them.  The father was on top of a cross on a nearby church.


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Fifth Avenue Feeding

The Fifth Avenue eyasses are now visible during feedings.  Pale Male was on the nest when I arrived, who was quickly replaced by Octavia, who fed the eyasses. 

At this point, I can only see two little heads at any one time.  However, based on feeding patterns, there is a good chance we have three eyasses in the nest.  We should be able to figure it out how many for sure by this weekend.


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Washington Square Park

I went down to Washington Square Park hoping to see an eyass head or two pop up out of the nest, but it wasn't to be.  They're still very young, and I didn't catch a feeding.  (At the beginning of a feeding, a well rested young eyass might just reach high enough to see.)

Instead, I got to see Bobby bring a nice long strip of paper to the nest. It looked like it might have been wallboard tape. At one point, the female ends up with it on her head like it's a hat and another time it looks like a Möbius strip.


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