What does a pair of common kestrel, an English nature reserve, a wildlife webcam and a website have in common?
A male Common Kestrel – photo courtesy of Wikipedia
I don’t usually blog about “work” but to be honest what I’ve been working on this week has been a complete pleasure. I help to look after the Dorset Wildlife Trust website and one of our projects this year has been to set up a live wildlife webcam for a breeding pair of kestrels.
This pair have been using the same nestbox at Lorton Meadows Nature Reserve for the past three years. They were filmed last year (and there was a computer showing live video in the reserve information centre) but this year we are going global!
It’s taken quite a bit of jiggery-pockery but it’s now working. The webcam page includes not only the live wildlife webcam but lots of information about the kestrels, a video from last year, photographs, info on Lorton Meadows, a commenting facility (linked to Twitter), email a friend, even the local weather forecast!
Take a look at it here: Kestrel Live Webcam
Please let me know what you think. I’m always open to comments and questions. We will also be adding other webcam links and more pictures and video as the weeks go on.
So far the male has made a scrape for the female to lay her eggs, and is busy bringing her lots of mice and voles. She is expected to start laying any day now.