Our PondCam

Today they finally installed the PondCam that will survey Botany Pond. It shows almost the whole pond, or at least the bits where the ducks and ducklings like to hang out. I don’t think it’s movable or zoom-able, but you’ll at least be able to see the action and watch the ducklings and their moms (hatch date: about May 3). If you’re there at the right time, you’ll see me feeding them.

Below is Eddie, the awesome camera installer who spent four days putting it in, from installing all the electric through conduits to the basement, to installing the bracket and finally to mounting the camera this morning. I didn’t realize it would be so big, but now I don’t feel so bad that it wasn’t trained on the nests: such a big camera would have been impractical.

I’ll let you know when it goes live, which will be 24/7 on a website yet to be designated. I’d like to call it the Web(Foot)Cam, but the media people, who promoted its installation, may have other ideas. Can you suggest a name?

Kudos to The University of Chicago Media Relations and IT people for getting this done.

An iPhone photo of the camera in place, and Wingman drifting by:

32 Comments

  1. GBJames
    Posted April 23, 2020 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    That’s very cool. It looks like a pretty fancy rig. Maybe there’s some zoom/pan control available to someone with special duck farmer access?

    • Posted April 23, 2020 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

      I don’t think so; I asked if it could be moved or zoomed, and I think the answer was no because of privacy considerations (you don’t want to zero in on a pond visitor).

      • GBJames
        Posted April 23, 2020 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

        Ah. Of course.

  2. Barry Lyons
    Posted April 23, 2020 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    Botany Ducks Cam.

  3. JezGrove
    Posted April 23, 2020 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! I’m looking forward to seeing Botany Pond – well, Honey, Dot, and their broods – in real time.

  4. Posted April 23, 2020 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    That is very cool. And nice and high up where it’s safe.

  5. Simon Hayward
    Posted April 23, 2020 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Quacker Cam

  6. Ken Sanders
    Posted April 23, 2020 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Peeking Duck

    • Janet
      Posted April 23, 2020 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

      That is really funny!

    • Posted April 23, 2020 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

      Good one!

    • Simon Hayward
      Posted April 23, 2020 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

      This is a good one

    • Mark R.
      Posted April 23, 2020 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

      🤣🤣🤣

  7. Ken Kukec
    Posted April 23, 2020 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    I’d like to call it the Web(Foot)Cam, but the media people, who promoted its installation, may have other ideas. Can you suggest a name?

    I guess “Big Brother” is already taken? 🙂

  8. JezGrove
    Posted April 23, 2020 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Hyde Park Hide?

  9. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted April 23, 2020 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    How cool! Not a trivial job! Especially the maintenance of the entire system – I’m thinking about publicly accessible web cam data – there’s got to be some serious software maintenance there. – perhaps a willing undergraduate will take the job?

    As for a name – something to reflect the love of mallards and friends in the pond, despite the pandemic- but not citing the pandemic or virus….

  10. Laurance
    Posted April 23, 2020 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Hooray! Hooray! This is welcome good news to counteract all the bad news!

  11. Posted April 23, 2020 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    It’s a Koduck camera.

  12. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted April 23, 2020 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Name idea :

    Duck!

    Including the exclamation mark. Perhaps it’d bring to mind The Great Leap, to come soon.

  13. Posted April 23, 2020 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    Quack-o-Vision! Looking forward to first bits.

  14. Roger
    Posted April 23, 2020 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    How about: “Everybody duck, the canard cam featuring everybody’s favorite duck.”

  15. Muffy Ferro
    Posted April 23, 2020 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    some funny ideas — I like Web(Foot)Cam because it’s closest to WebCam. I also like Koduck Camera — just wonder if people younger than myself will get it!

    • JezGrove
      Posted April 23, 2020 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

      I’ll be waiting for a “Koduck moment” around May 3rd!

  16. Mark R.
    Posted April 23, 2020 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    👏👏👏

  17. Teresa Carson
    Posted April 23, 2020 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    We all know it’s the HoneyCam, but I don’t think that will fly.

    • Posted April 23, 2020 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

      🙂

    • JezGrove
      Posted April 23, 2020 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

      I could be wrong, but I suspect it will attract the wrong kind of clientele. Could be good for viewer numbers, though!

      • Posted April 23, 2020 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

        Well, after they see what’s on it, the “wrong kind” will surely leave quickly!

      • Posted April 23, 2020 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

        I don’t think there is a big market for duck porn.

        • JezGrove
          Posted April 24, 2020 at 3:39 am | Permalink

          Well, WEIT reader Dominic told me he spent ten minutes yesterday watching St Mark’s flies having sex, so there’s no accounting for taste…

  18. Roger
    Posted April 23, 2020 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    How about: “Weighs the same as a fill-in-the-blank cam.”

  19. Roger
    Posted April 23, 2020 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

    How about:

  20. Reggie Cormack
    Posted April 24, 2020 at 6:40 am | Permalink

    I think in all fairness to our host, CoyneCam would not be inappropriate.


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