Chough Nestcam live
The pictures are from our seclusion aviaries, a quiet location where we breed Red-billed Choughs as part of our long-term project for the species.
The cameras have a small set of lights inside the nestbox to illuminate activity during the day. At night, they switch to infra-red so the birds can be seen roosting, incubating eggs or brooding chicks 24 hours a day.
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 call is needed early on as the chick don’t open their eyes for a few days, so they need an audible signal to know that it is the right time to open their mouths for food.
Here is a photo of Ray at Chough HQ. During the breeding season he monitors the chicks every day, weighing them and giving supplementary feed if needed.
Find out all the latest chough news with updates, photos and video clips on the Operation Chough website www.chough.org
For news on the reintroduction of the species in Jersey, where choughs bred here at Paradise Park are now living free after an absence of 100 years, go to the Birds on the Edge project page. There are now about 40 choughs flying free in Jersey, nine of them having fledged in the wild with special thanks to our partners at the Durrell Wildlife Park.
In 2020 we started discussions with other organisations about the possibility of restoring lost chough populations including around the southern coast of England.
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