4th Jan 2010
The power is now back across the Reserve and WE are back on the screen as I am sure that you can see. However, as it is only 10 minutes until the end of drive time WE will not see you for a safari until tomorrow morning Central African Time.
Mike Williamson arrived to day to spend the week at our camp to help with editing and we will hopefully see him and his girlfriend Lara on some of the drives. Pieter and Lieschen also arrive back tomorrow and will be on the afternoon drive together - so don't miss it. > http://www.wildearth.tv/home ( 730pm pst
6th Jan 2010
Yesterday afternoon Pieter and Lieschen caught up with the last remaining Sandy Patch lioness and her cub. It was wonderful to see them again, even if a bit sad to see them on their own.
The sad thing is that the cub has a small chance of surviving. Even if the lioness does manage to hunt enough for him to survive and protect him from the dangers in the bush he will have to leave her at some point. Then he will be in danger again as he will have no pride to protect him. However, it has been known for the cub to survive in situations like this so we must all keep our fingers crossed and hope that this little cub is one of the lucky ones.(> 730 pm pst > http://www.wildearth.tv/home
David Hancock from the Hancock Wildlife Foundation is streaming two new cameras onto WE and there are more to come. David is eagle man and true to style these are both eagle related. The first is called Chehalis Platform Cam. This is a camera that has been placed on a platform on the Chehalis Flats.
The Chehalis Flats are at the end of the Chehalis River that comes from the northwest in British Columbia. This river and the Harrison River contain some of the richest salmon spawning shallows in the world. All five salmon thrive here along with steelhead and rainbow trout. Spawning season is happening right now and thousands of salmon carcasses are being washed down the river system to feed the eagles. David Hancock has set up platforms along the estuary to allow you to watch the eagles and other wildlife feeding on the spawning salmon. In the past more than 1000 eagles have been seen in this area on a single day so these cameras promise to be phenomenal.
In addition to the estuary cameras, they have an underwater camera (seen as Chehalis trout cam on WildEarth) in the spawning channel at the entrance to the Chehalis fish hatchery. This gives spectacular live views of these fish under the water.
During the Eagle Festival (November 20th,21st) David will hopefully be featuring some video taken by hand-held cameras in and around the Tapedira area to the West of the Estuary. Included in these they are hoping to have interviews with and commentaries by local naturalists and conservationists.
To find out more about this project and more go to http://www.hancockwildlife.org
David continues to broadcast from OWL cam one and two and Sidney cam one and two. Both of these have been incredible and WE were very honoured to get them on our site at the beginning of this year. Recently eagles have been seen at the nests again preparing for the next season, so watch this space, >> Doug Carrick’s Hornby Island Eagle Cam is back for the 2009-2010 season. This very special pair of bald eagles are already back in the nest and yesterday they were seen moving sticks and twigs around to make the nest habitable again. The nest was discovered in 2006 and has been broadcasting ever since. This glimpse into the lives of a pair of bald eagles is amazing and WE are honoured to have it on our site. For more info on these eagles go to www.hornbyeagles.com
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