Falcon webcam hits half a million views mark

The peregrine chick, just after ringing

Popular: our peregrine chick

Well it seems the popularity of our peregrine family knows no bounds – our falcon webcam has now passed the half a million views stage and continues to rise rapidly. This blog has also clocked up a massive 130,000 views and almost 1,300 comments have been posted.

Viewers of the webcam herald from 99 different countries (one more would be very welcome indeed!) while people from almost 70 countries have visited the blog. The figures for both the camera and the blog have been rising each month, with May unsurprisingly being a very busy month with people keen to know how our final chick was coping following the dreadful storms in which it sadly lost its three siblings.

New this year is a high definition camera which has provided even more detailed views of the birds’ activities. As well as providing higher-quality images, the moveable camera can give a 360 degree view and has a zoom function which has allowed the monitoring team to track the birds along the ledge of the building. It also has infrared sensors to ensure the best possible viewing round the clock.

Last year the falcon cam witnessed an impressive 260,000 views over the course of the project.

The falcon cam has been viewed in: Albania; Algeria; Argentina; Australia; Austria; Bahrain; Bangladesh; Barbados; Belarus; Belgium; Bermuda; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Brazil; Brunei; Bulgaria; Canada; China; Colombia; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Ecuador; Egypt; El Salvador; Estonia; Fiji; Finland; France; Germany; Ghana; Gibraltar; Greece; Guernsey; Hong Kong; Hungary; Iceland; India; Indonesia; Iran; Iraq; Ireland; Isle of Man; Israel; Italy; Japan; Jersey; Jordan; Kenya; Kuwait; Latvia; Lebanon; Libya; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macedonia [FYROM]; Malaysia; Malta; Mauritius; Mexico; Moldova; Montenegro; Morocco; Netherlands; New Zealand; Nigeria; Norway; Oman; Pakistan; Peru; Philippines; Poland; Portugal; Qatar; Romania; Russia; Saudi Arabia; Serbia; Singapore; Slovakia; Slovenia; South Africa; South Korea; Spain; Sri Lanka; Sweden; Switzerland; Syria; Taiwan; Thailand; Trinidad and Tobago; Tunisia; Turkey; Ukraine; United Arab Emirates; United Kingdom; United States; Venezuela; Vietnam

Dave Rogers
Nottingham Trent University

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73 Responses to Falcon webcam hits half a million views mark

  1. Stuart. Nottingham says:

    Is it possible to take still pictures from the cams to my PC

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  2. Sue says:

    Thank you for that ~ I am not at all surprised that it is such a popular webcam. The quality of the pictures and the level of detail we can see is tremendous. I am completely addicted!

    Do we know if the chick is male or female? After such a dodgy start it is lovely to see her/him thriving. It is quite a whopper now!

    Thanks again to all involved. You are doing a marvelous job.

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  3. Lynn says:

    Sue is quite right- it is compulsive viewing! I am loving it and am on tenterhooks to see that this final chick survives.

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  4. Sally says:

    I love the chick pic! It’s saying ‘cheese’ for the camera. You get a good idea of scale too.

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  5. Dixie says:

    Loving watching the chick she is getting very mischievous, I have just got a IPad 3 but cannot get the live stream on it. But maybe that is a good thing as I would never get any work done. I was sat for hours waiting for the camera to come back on after the ringing as I was so worried. I though I cannot wait any longer so went for a quick shower and you guessed it I missed the switch on. I am now glued to the screen waiting for the first hop on the dreaded ledge. I did have a very active life before I found this live cam. I live in sunny Spain the beach is about 100m away it is bright sunshine and I am sat watching a baby falcon in Nottingham how strange is that.

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    • daventu says:

      Not strange at all – I think many people feel the same! That said, we’ll all be terribly jealous when our little chick fledges and you still have your sunny beach πŸ™‚

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      • dixie says:

        I will be glad when it fledges then I can have my life back. I had a look a live cam of bald eagles in canada but they are not anywhere near as interesting as this little falcon family.

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      • Mary T says:

        Hi there Dixie. I too have just got an Ipad3 but have to watch it via Photon for the live streaming. The picture is not too sharp but at least I can see this fantastic falcon family.

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      • dixie says:

        Thanks Mary T I have done some research and I also found ISwifter which allows you to use it for free for 10 mins per day for a week before you buy. It is a fantastic picture, but what am I letting myself in for I will be viewing the chick even more now. It is really interesting though being able to see the falcon family and the way they care for the chick.

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  6. Julie Mott says:

    Peregrine parents are both sitting where Baby P escaped to yesterday … any chance of moving the camera please so we can get a shot of the whole family πŸ™‚

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  7. Debbie Wiltshire says:

    The new camera is amazing and has provided some stunning views. Makes you feel like your on the ledge with them. Desperate to know if the chick is male/female. With that little one’s attitude and fight for life (plus the really big feet) I’m guessing female.

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  8. Pam Birley. says:

    Chick ventured even further this morning, amongst the cables to the webcam by the look of it. Parent must have chased it back because next time I looked it was back in the box. Have to drag myself away to go out for a picnic at Gunthorpe. Have to make the most of this lovely weather.
    Pictures here:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/66339356@N00/sets/72157629524594786/detail/?page=3

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  9. MrsMeow says:

    When will we find out what sex the chick is? And when will you release the short list of potential names? Am very twitchy about chick on the ledge! Have there been any tragedies in the past? Please say no!! x

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  10. Diane says:

    Just saw the Falcon bringing a prey item a feed it it to the chick. Realy puzzled by what it was. Was it the remains of another meal? Time 2.05

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  11. Ann Amos says:

    Glad to read about the massive viewing figures. It just proves that there are people in the world who care about wild life on this plant.

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  12. barry havant says:

    daventu, my grandson wants to know what make and model the super camera is please. what a difference it has made this year magnificent

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    • daventu says:

      Hmmm that’s a very good question – I’ll ask those ‘in the know’ and see if I can find out for you.

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  13. Donna Long says:

    We too are addicted in our house! My 10 year old daughter gets up every morning and sits watching the baby eating her breakfast. I find myself putting the webcam on before I put the kettle on!

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  14. Hannah says:

    where has the chick gone lol? I have not watched for a while with coursework and appeared to have a empty nest box :s x

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    • Irene Morley says:

      Chick is getting too adventurous, it must be a boy! Even decided to get out of the box whilst
      Mum was feeding him! Been wandering around for ages and a little worrying because the camera’s not picked him up. I can’t believe I’m spending so much time watching this chick when on holiday in USA!

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    • SueAtt says:

      My husband’s just come rushing downstairs saying “the bird’s gone!” Hopefully, chick has just wandered off out of the nest and along the gully as it did this morning, tracked by the camera. Mum was with chick too, so hopefully that is where they are now – fingers crossed!

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    • Ian Fretwell says:

      can you see it Hannah its out the box and in the corner near the camera, look at the second camera shot.

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  15. kazzabuzza says:

    yes I saw it feeding 20 mins ago and now I can’t see it anywhere!! Worrying!

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  16. Hal says:

    Jumped out of the box whilst being fed, then sprinted off out of view πŸ™‚

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  17. Di says:

    Have also just logged onto webcam & cannot see the chick ? Can we have an update please.

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  18. Sarah S. says:

    Aaargh!!!! Panic!!!
    He/she was there just a moment ago having a good feed. Is that it in the distance with a parent, right on the far end of the ledge?

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  19. Sarah S. says:

    Oh crikey, I think it is.

    (I’ll never be able to bear the suspense of it leaving the nest!)

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  20. worried says:

    Has he flewn the nest? Is that adult watching the chick fly? I hope. Or what explains absence of chick for past half hour?

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  21. Keyworth Red says:

    Hope every thing is o/k with the chick, was there earlier this afternoon but no sign now.

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  22. Scott says:

    Where has the chick gone ?

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  23. Hilary says:

    He’s on the edge of the ledge with Mum or Dad. Right at the end if you enlarge the screen. Im scared but I’m proud of him!

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  24. Mo says:

    Very concerned here too. About half an hour ago the baby was no longer in the nestbox, then saw what looked liked wings flapping just below camera reach. One parent on the ledge, and coming nearer, but where is the baby? This little family has been through so much, can’t anyone help them?

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  25. also worried says:

    where is chick?

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  26. Pat says:

    Still empty at 18.24, I’m getting worried now

    Pat

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  27. Sue says:

    6.30pm. Haven’t seen the chick for quite some time now – one of the parents has been on the ledge but not interested in the nest box … has little P gone or just hiding under the camera again?

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  28. Shirley Stirland says:

    where has our chick gone? hoping not too far,think I saw wings flapping outside nest box.This chick is a real rebel,can we rig up some nets to catch him if he falls? he must be a while from fledging yet?
    Can,t cook dinner till he appears……

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  29. Penny says:

    Just logged on in time to see one of the adult birds leave the ledge – no sign of the chick anywhere! I hope it is alright – I can’t even hear it calling. 😦

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  30. Mick says:

    Just got home and logged on……the nest is empty, where as our chick gone. I know it was there this afternoon !

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  31. Nick says:

    What has happened to the chick, has it jumped out of the box and moved under the camara? Oh I hope so.

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  32. Lesley Farnsworth says:

    Just looked on webcam – and no chick !! Where is it? Worried 😦

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  33. Sarah S. says:

    Yaaaaay!!

    Hiding in the corner under the camera! Thanks you camera people, we can all sleep tonight now.

    Cheeky bird!

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  34. Nick says:

    Well done Camara man/woman it is still on the ledge, under the camara. Thank God.

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  35. Sue says:

    6.45 phew! .. thanks dave … there he is hiding in his new spot under the camera…. can breathe a sigh of relief now.

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  36. Pat says:

    Thank you for moving the camera:)

    Pat

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  37. dixie says:

    Thank god it’s back I should have said to call it Houdini

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  38. Sally says:

    I would like to know how the chick has a drink especially now the weather has turned much warmer. Do the parents give it water?

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    • Penny says:

      Hi Sally – I have read that the chicks, and the adults, get all the fluid they need from their prey and do not actually have to drink water, so the chick should be fine even though it is warm now.

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  39. N early had a heart attack this morning first thing with empty nest and single white fluff wafting in the nest. However, he reappeared and all seems well. Will miss the little fellow when he flies away but might get on with the garden!

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  40. Shirley Stirland says:

    get to bed ,naughty chick πŸ™‚

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  41. Penny says:

    Thank you soooo much to the cam-operator who found the cheeky little thing hiding earlier – I am sure several hearts nearly stopped when we couldn’t see him, including mine! He is back in the nest box as I type this and I hope he stays there for the night so we can all get some sleep!

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  42. Kaydee says:

    It is bed time and our sweet chick is back in the nest πŸ™‚

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  43. SueAtt says:

    Think our chick has been trying to hide all day because he/she has heard how many people from the 99 countries have been watching, and that his/her picture has appeared not only in the Guardian but also in the Nottingham Post today – suddenly he/she was either feeling a little camera shy, or very mischievous! lol. πŸ™‚

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  44. Bazza says:

    I get up off my chair. I feel unsteady on my feet. I have a terrible sense of vertigo…. lol

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  45. betty_boo says:

    got up at 4am no chick in nest but can hear him walking near the camera.
    so know hes fine , im like all the others on here just cant get my things done around the house hubby is going to leave me ,,heheh i wish ,, πŸ™‚

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  46. Irene says:

    At around 4am, as dawn broke over Nottingham our little escape artist woke, having been babysat all night by Mum. Next time I looked 10 mins later they’d both disappeared out of camera shot. Pity he can’t have some elastic fastened to his legs in case he gets too brave too soon!

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  47. betty_boo says:

    5.42am parent back with large bird , chick hungry as usual.

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  48. Shirley Stirland says:

    empty nest syndrome again…ah well feeding time for Norwich cathedral peregrines who are doing well πŸ™‚

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  49. Jeanette Taylor says:

    I see on the live webcam the parent has arrived with the remains of yet another racing pigeon with it’s yellow ring on. How many have been reported so far I haven’t received a response to my question?

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    • daventu says:

      Hi Jeanette – been looking into this for you. Seven rings were removed from the nest and these will be logged with the appropriate authority

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  50. John says:

    The chick is looking very independent, standing on its brunch to hold it firm, ripping it to pieces and feeding itself.
    In our garden, I’m sure that I’ve seen young rooks, older than this chick, fly down with older birds, stand among food scattered on the lawn, beaks open, waiting to be fed, not realising that they could pick up bits themselves. It’s rather sad to see them get nothing! I expect they learn…
    …which is more than can be said for our cat, who doesn’t have the sense of this young falcon, hasn’t tried using a paw to hold food firm, and wonders why various edible treats ( eg a yoghourt lid) keep moving around the kitchen floor each time she tries to lick them.

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  51. John says:

    Dave,
    I meant to ask, is that County Hall in the distance? If so, during quiet moments tomorrow, any chance of focussing in on the Test Match at Trent Bridge? You can always tell Sky that you were following the adult falcons, who happened to settle on the Pavilion roof and/ or behind the bowler’s arm at the Radcliffe Road End.
    Pigeons on the outfield would become a thing of the past.

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  52. lily says:

    Thank you for doing such a wonderful job of allowing us to watch the Falcons. I am amazed that I can be living in Florida USA and be able to see the nest and watch the baby thrive in Nottingham, England so far away. The job you do is fantastic. The camera angles are great and very clear and the information on your website is helpful and interesting. Wonderful job, we here have enjoyed watching for many an hour. Please do it again next year.
    Lily in hot and humid Florida

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    • daventu says:

      Hi Lily – thanks for your lovely message, it’s great to have you watching from so far away. People have been watching the cam and viewing the blog from far and wide!

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  53. kosovo kosovo says:

    We watch your falconcam from Kosovo too..

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