A second CahowCam has been launched with a projected hatching window of the 10th - 17th of March.
Now in the 7th season broadcasting LIVE from Nonsuch Island, and the 3rd in collaboration with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology (with whom over 15 million minutes of CahowCam video were watched over the past 2 years) our Team has begun installing several new cameras this season giving researchers, students, and viewers around the world alternate views into the nesting activities of the second rarest seabird on the planet.
This new camera is located in burrow #832 right alongside burrow #831 from which the current CahowCam continues to stream as it has for the past 5 years. Historically, this “new” burrow #832 hosted the Cam for the first two CahowCam seasons (2013-2014) during which the same pair successfully reared chicks named “Backson” and “Lightning”. This season the #832 pair are once again incubating what looks to be a viable egg which is projected to hatch between the 10th and 17th of March.
Going forward we plan to be LIVE streaming both cameras in parallel allowing researchers and our followers to observe the similarities and differences in behaviors between the two pairs' nesting seasons.
Charles Eldermire | Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bird Cams Project Leader: "I continue to be amazed at how close these rare petrels are to the technology and infrastructure that enables us to share their lives with the world. It's really a testimony to both the ongoing efforts of Jeremy and the Bermuda government as well as the investment from JP at Nonsuch Expeditions that our far-flung audience gets to now observe two sets of petrels."
Jean-Pierre Rouja | Nonsuch Expeditions Team Leader and CahowCam developer: “As we are going LIVE with this new camera during the most sensitive, egg incubation part of the nesting Season it was important to install the camera in the least disruptive way possible. Accordingly we have custom built new infrared lights to work with our new HD camera to fit in the pre-existing 4 inch PVC pipe that remained in place from the original CahowCam setup in this same nest in 2013/14. This also brings us back to the traditional Top Down view that we used for first few CahowCam seasons, giving a wider view of the entire nest chamber from above.”