Loon Cam 1 FAQ
When will the eggs hatch?
The loon pair at the 2022 site typically laid an egg on May 28’th. Incubation takes 28 days. The pair only performed light incubation for a few days, waiting for a second egg. The hatch should happen sometime around June 25, give or take a few days.
How does the loon cam work?
The camera about 30 feet from the nest, on a wooden pole mounted in the water. An Ethernet cable supplies power and an internet connection to the camera, on shore. Sound comes from a microphone, mounted on the side of the nest. It is muffled to avoid picking up people talking and there may be occasions where it is muted to protect the privacy of the neighbors. The video stream runs 24×7, over a business class internet service to YouTube Live. With this design, hundreds can view the video feed at the same time, and the stream is converted to match the viewer’s device and internet connection speed. We also employ a streaming archive/retrieval service and can make a video clip of interesting events.
Can I see the archived videos?
The YouTube player is configured so that you can replay the most recent twelve hours of the video stream. This is useful if you missed watching a nest switch or egg turning. Edited video clips from the archive are occasionally published on the Loon Preservation Committee’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/LoonCenter. Let us know if you see something interesting that we’ve missed. The archive goes back a few days. Give us the date, start and end times of interest.
Is there a Twitter hash tag to alert people to special events?
Yes. Our blogger, Biff, will continuing using Twitter again this year. To participate, follow the #LoonCam hashtag. We encourage viewers to send out a Tweet with #looncam in the text when something special happens. That will help us go back through the archives and publish a video clip of the events. Our Twitter name is @lpc_nh.
Where is the loon cam located?
The looncam is located in the lakes region of New Hampshire, home of LPC’s Moultonboro based Loon Center. For the privacy of the loons and the gracious people that allow placement of the loon cam, the exact location is unidentified. If you know the location, please help us keep it secret.
Can I donate to the operation of the loon cam?
Yes! Please use the donate page on this web site. Donations over the past few years have funded four cameras, infrared lights, a solar power array and associated equipment to make the camera reliable. The primary cost remains the high-speed internet connection. This year, we estimate it will cost about $1000 to operate the loon cams. The stream starts early May and runs into mid July if two cams are used. Your donations help make it possible to provide a high quality stream.
Can I control the view?
The camera view is mostly static but may be programmed to periodically rotate through a sequence of preset scenes. At times, one of the volunteer “zoomies” may take control of the camera and change the scene or follow interesting events, like a heron feeding along the shoreline. If you want a specific view, send an email to email@example.com or mention your request in the YouTube chat room. If a “Zoomie”, is on-duty, your request may be granted.
Can I make the picture bigger?
Yes, use the YouTube full-screen icon, which shows up when you touch or mouse-over the bottom of the picture. Be sure to select a high resolution, using the settings gear. We broadcast with a resolution of 1080p. You can also open up the stream on the YouTube web site, smart TV, or mobile application.
How can I participate in the chat room?
On the YouTube page or mobile app (but not on the LPC’s web page), there is a chat feature, where you can have a discussion with other Loon Cam Viewers. You must be a subscriber to the LPC YouTube channel to post in chat but anyone can view it. The LPC staff or loon cam operator (LCO) will chime in when they have a chance and not in the field. The direct access URL to chat is https://www.youtube.com/live_chat?is_popout=1&v=H0TtwOgcGd0
Can you turn the sound up? I can barely hear it.
The camera’s microphone is very sensitive and is set as low as possible. This provides some natural sounds while protecting people’s privacy. It is common to hear the loons quietly conversing. At times, especially wild and crazy Friday and Saturday nights, the microphone may be muted.
Why is the picture jerky or fuzzy?
Sometimes video jitter is the fault of the our equipment or our internet provider. When there is a lot of movement, like wind on the water, the camera is overworked or we run out of upload internet capacity. We broadcast in 1080p resolution and strive for 15-20 frames/second. If you think the problem may be on your end, adjust the resolution on your YouTube page, using the gear in the lower right under the picture. A high resolution (1080p) will reduce fuzziness. If you are on a slow network, reduce the resolution to lower your bandwidth consumption.
Who do I contact if I have a problem or question?
For technical questions or problems with the looncam, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org For other questions or concerns, contact email@example.com