Yesterday, Eric Wright and I met at the nest. The goal was to get both microphones working. After further analysis, it was determined that by trying to get the microphone working for the ptz it could cause more damage and possibly render the ptz useless this season. The ptz has all the wires coming from it in one group which makes working on them much more difficult. Thus, only the fixed cam player will have sound for this season. A special conduit was purchased, cut, and the wires fed through it to add protection from the squirrels who have had a lot of fun with our wiring. It is not full proof, but a much better solution for this season. We have plans after this season is over for both cams to be taken down, and we will remount them next season even better. Domes were clean. I know that will last only so long. We use Aquapel which is like RainX. I will have some pictures to post later of the cam setup and the effects of the coons on the nest. One last thing, we have a new IR illuminator installed. However, I need to purchase a 24AC power supply and then it should be ready to power up. With the power supply currently operating too high we risk burning it out. This season still looks like our best chance in a long time for success. Thank you for tuning in!
It is always a bonus in early season when Blair and Taylor are perching together. Early in the video it is Taylor by himself, and then Blair flies in from the right, and is in front.
On a side note, the microphone work is scheduled for this Saturday. The new IR will get connected, and we will be putting in some extra conduit for the cables by the cams to ensure the squirrels will not cause more trouble. Hoping for good weather and no complications. Expect some camera downtime while the work is being done.