Operation Chough Nest Cameras 2017 – Coming Soon
March 9th 2017
The breeding choughs have now been set up in the seclusion aviaries, and the first twigs are going in. The webcams will be online in a few days.
The images are from our seclusion aviaries, where we are continuing to breed our choughs as part of our long-term conservation project. This year we have five pairs of nesting choughs, they went from their winter flocking aviary into their individual breeding aviaries in March.
The nest cameras have a small set of lights placed inside the nestbox to illuminate activity during the day. At night, they switch to infra-red, and the birds can often be seen roosting, especially when the female is incubating.
As well as images, there is also sound from the nests. We find this helpful to understand if the adults are doing their ‘feeding call’, this is needed early on as the chick don’t open their eyes for a few days so they need an audible signal to open their mouths for food.