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Unread postby Danie » Fri Nov 19, 2004 10:02 am

General questions, comments and sightings related to the webcams in Kruger National Park can be placed here!

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WEB CAMS

Unread postby Stef » Wed Dec 01, 2004 11:56 am

What about CAMS at rest camps like Lower Sabie and Letaba. You have a river passing the camp and electricity from the facilaties at the fence. It will create a fantastic oppertunity to see animals coming down to the river. PLEASE

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Re: WEB CAMS

Unread postby Danie » Wed Dec 01, 2004 12:49 pm

Stef wrote:What about CAMS at rest camps like Lower Sabie and Letaba. You have a river passing the camp and electricity from the facilaties at the fence. It will create a fantastic oppertunity to see animals coming down to the river. PLEASE

Dear Stef

The idea of putting up webcams at restcamps like Letaba, Lower Sabie, overlooking the river, etc, is a very good one and we'll consider it in the future. One disadvantage of locations like these is that the riverbanks are very long and stretched out and the area to be covered by the camera will be very large. A floodlight at these locations might also impact negatively on the environment and we always have to consider the impact of human structures/actions on nature (light pollution is a factor that we try to limit as far as possible).

A webcam at these locations will have great scenic value at a wider angle but might be less effective to watch animals as the area to be covered might be too big to cover on a webcam (unless the camera is always manned and manually controlled to pan, zoom and focus).

Thanks and enjoy our new website!

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Web cam shots -> streams?

Unread postby paola » Mon Dec 13, 2004 7:23 pm

Hi There

Visited the cams for the fist time today - why are 30 second stills only available? Would is not be possible to have a continous stream?


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Re: Web cam shots -> streams?

Unread postby Danie » Tue Dec 14, 2004 12:20 pm

paola wrote:Hi There

Visited the cams for the fist time today - why are 30 second stills only available? Would is not be possible to have a continous stream?


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Video streaming does require quite a lot of bandwidth which is not possible at this stage at Orpen. The telecom company barely keeps the current diginet line up and going!

In the future it will become possible but for now, we are going to stick to the 30 second images.

Keep on watching!
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Unread postby Danie » Tue Dec 14, 2004 12:34 pm

wildtuinman wrote:It would require a bandwidth of epidermic proportions to stream live video continously. It will also cost alot of money to require bandwidth of this magnitude meaning that we the viewers would have to pay to watch. Danie, who is sponsoring the current cam at Orpen?


The current camera at Orpen is not sponsored by anybody at the moment and the costs of its operation is carried by Kruger National Park (SANParks) and maintained by us as well.

The data line is hired from a telecom company and maintained by them as well; supplying the voice and data lines in KNP. All our e-mail, admin, reservations, etc. are also utilising the same line to Orpen.

Sponsors will of course always be very welcome! We might even be able to put up more cams quicker then!
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Questions / Comments : The Waterhole

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Sat Dec 18, 2004 9:11 am

We've been watching the marabous at Orpencam on and off during the morning. At first there were 2, one of them has been there the whole morning. Will that be because of the rain overnight which filled up the hole? As it was rather dry yesterday, what what would he expect to find to eat?

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Re: Any one have an answer for us?

Unread postby Danie » Sun Dec 19, 2004 3:25 pm

SANTIE wrote:We've been watching the marabous at Orpencam on and off during the morning. At first there were 2, one of them has been there the whole morning. Will that be because of the rain overnight which filled up the hole? As it was rather dry yesterday, what what would he expect to find to eat?


Marabou storks visit waterholes quite often. Their diet consists of baby crocs, fish, frogs (all close to/in water) and then rodents, insects, other small mammals and carrion.

The water in the waterhole came 'overnight' from a borehole not too far from the waterhole. As the waterhole was drying up, our staff at Orpen pumped water from the borehole to the waterhole.

When I installed the camera, the one marabou stork was never too far away during the setup-process. As soon as I left the area, it moved back to the waterhole in search of food. Marabou storks are also attracted to veld fires. They march in front of the advancing fire feeding on animals and insects that are fleeing!
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Orpen Waterhole...Who filled it?

Unread postby Wild@Heart » Thu Jan 13, 2005 6:33 am

Hi Kruger/Danie,

I see the waterhole's level is up. Did the park fill it, or was there a bit of rain last night?

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Unread postby Danie » Sun Jan 16, 2005 10:51 am

Meg wrote:Santie, photo's of the orpen cam as promised - sorry they're not that clear, I was on the wrong side of a low Toyota Corolla :)

Cam poles (am I right in thinking the whole lot is solar powered?)

The cam poles from the road - definitely the easiest way to tell you are in the right place

Dear Meg
One correction, the camera and flood light are not powered by solar panels - underground cable running from camp (220V AC) powering the camera and the floodlight.
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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Mon Feb 07, 2005 4:31 pm

Geez, I had to go far back for this one. I asked the same question just after joining and Danie gave this answer:

Herman wrote:
The water in the picture is just the spill over from a cement trough as far as I know. The trough is topped up automatically by a borehole pump, so it won't run dry. Danie can correct me if I'm wrong ?


Yes, that is correct. Out of view is a cement trough which we'll flood from the borehole and the spill over will fill the natural waterhole.

We'll keep an eye on it and fill it from the borehole if needed.
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Unread postby Danie » Fri May 20, 2005 11:27 am

s021700 wrote:
Twiga wrote:There used to be one at Satara. We are trying to raise money for a new one at the moment. :D


How much do you need? Would you be apposed to a sponsership logo on the cam page? I.e. this cam brought to
you by company x.

Dear s021700
Thanks for the question.

We will definitely not be opposed to a 'sponsored by company xyz'-message on the cam page if that webcam installation was sponsored by company xyz.

I hope this answers your question!
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Webcam Hits

Unread postby craigsa » Wed Jun 29, 2005 8:50 pm

Hi

Just read an article now about the Orpen webcam, in December 2004 it had 13000 hits, and in March 2005 it had over 50000 hits and is becoming very popular.

They say if you cant come to the Kruger we will bring it to you.
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Image size

Unread postby NTTF » Sat Aug 20, 2005 3:06 pm

Hi all. Have done a search but cant seem to find the answer I am looking for. Yes I am computer illiterate :redface: Is it posible to change the image size that the web cam is producing on your computer? Basically can I increase the size to take up my whole screen?

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Re: Image size

Unread postby Jose » Sat Aug 20, 2005 7:06 pm

NTTF wrote:Hi all. Have done a search but cant seem to find the answer I am looking for. Yes I am computer illiterate :redface: Is it posible to change the image size that the web cam is producing on your computer? Basically can I increase the size to take up my whole screen?


Hi NTTF and welcome!

There is no zoom-option at present, and even if there was, the image would still be 384x288 pixels and so it would probably look dreadful in full screen. But who knows what the future may bring? :wink:


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