February 17, 2014 Grand Isle, Louisiana

Black crowned night heron returning to roost
Black crowned night heron returning to roost

Some Nice Shots Inside the State Park

I was able to get some nice shots this morning at sunrise of the black crowned night heron at the park entrance flying back to his roost. Also found an osprey, a white ibis devouring a crab, and a tri color heron, all inside the park.

As always, just click on any image to get a larger, sharper version.

Tri colored heron
Tri colored heron
yellow helicopter
A different kind of bird overhead

One of the disadvantages of this campground is the almost constant noise of oil support vessels and helicopters roaring about 24 hours a day delivering goods and workers to the offshore rigs.

Osprey at the sushi bar
Osprey at the sushi bar

 

 

Black crowned night heron yawning
Black crowned night heron yawning
Black crowned night heron
Black crowned night heron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White ibis with crab
White ibis with crab

 

White ibis with crab
White ibis with crab

The Winegard Saga Continues

Later, I got in touch with Winegard and was told that the “AZ motor stalled” error message I got after the last fix, wasn’t good, and that I probably will need a second replacement unit. He suggested, as a very last resort, that I manually stow it and then power up and recalibrate. So, up on the roof yet again and manually stowed the unit. Back down and turned the power on and recalibrated the system, all to no avail. At this point, I am fed up with this process, so I went on the internet to find an authorized Winegard dealer around New Orleans and it turns out there is one in Metarie. I called Winegard one last time, waited two hours for the call to be returned, told them I was done fooling around with their system and I wanted the entire system replaced by the dealer in Metarie. They actually agreed to do just that, so, I now have an appointment for 8 AM next Monday to finally ( I hope ) get this sorry experience behind me.

OhNoMyKeyboardQuit!

In the middle of all this, my Mac keyboard began dying this AM. First, the “i” key failed. OK, “me” can work around that. Uh oh, now the comma key won’t work well that’s not good but lots of people don’t punctuate all that well so “me” can live with that “me” guess. Oh crap now the “8” the ”i” the ”k” and the comma all don’t worc plus now a row of numerals also has qu1t.Reallynowthespacekeyhasqu1t.T1meforanewkeyboard“me”guess!Nosatell1tteTVandnowno wayto1ntell1gentlycommun1catebyema1lorsearchthe1nternetfor1nfojustwonderful!

Black crowned night heron returning to roost
Black crowned night heron returning to roost
Osprey at the sushi bar
Osprey at the sushi bar
Black crowned night heron returning to roost
Black crowned night heron returning to roost

 

 

 

 

Black crowned night heron returning to roost
Black crowned night heron returning to roost
Black crowned night heron returning to roost
Black crowned night heron returning to roost

 

 

 

 

 

February 12, 2014 Grand Isle, Louisiana

More on the Winegard Satellite Dish Saga

Not really much to report as the weather has ceased all outdoor activity for a few days.

Rain, rain, rain, thunder, lightning, and driving rains last night. Campground more than a little flooded this AM, in fact right now there is a flock of 20 or so White Ibis feeding all around the motorhome in the pools of water where yesterday there was grass. Still, it is so much better here than places north, so I am not complaining.

Picked up my 47 lb. replacement satellite turret at the entrance station, but with the weather will wait to attempt install later. I will have to hope the maintenance staff here at the campground will lend me a ladder to get this thing up on the roof, no way to carry it up the motorhome mounted ladder, too big, too heavy. Instructions look doable but really think Winegard is asking a little much of the end consumer to take this replacement on, not really having any idea as to the abilities of an unknown entity, that would be me, seems weird. I can understand a coax cable replacement, probably even the LNB head replacement, but this may be a little much.

Also, I received a return mailing label in the boxed replacement turret, so, apparently I am to return the old unit, I guess, since there is no correspondence asking me to do so. This box weighs 47 pounds, measures about 3+ feet by 3+ feet by 1+ foot, large enough that I have no where to put it in the motorhome while I wait to do the work. It barely fit in the back of the Prius to get it back to the RV. Also, because of the size and weight, the box has about 100 staples and two shipping straps to hold it together. I have no idea how I am supposed to duplicate that packaging here in my motorhome, since very few RV’ers possess a box stapler or banding machine, certainly, I don’t. Nice of Winegard to send the warranteed part I suppose, but they seem to want to get this done on the cheap by not involving any tech labor charges I suppose.

February 5, 2014 Last Day in Iowa, Louisiana

Green winged teal pair
Green winged teal pair

Cameron NWR and Lacassine NWR

With a little sun peeking through, though still very chilly, I decided to do one last trip this morning to Cameron NWR and then on to Lacassine NWR.

Gadwall takeoff
Gadwall takeoff

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Northern shoveler take off
Northern shoveler take off

 

Northern shoveler take off
Northern shoveler take off

I did have some nice early AM light at Cameron and got a couple of duck shots before it turned too harsh, but the stiff wind is keeping most of the birds up against the reed beds and out of my reach. Same situation at Lacassine and, if anything, the wind is getting stronger.

Satellite Woes Continue

Back home and up on the roof I go to replace the temporary coax fix from the turret to the LNB head with the new coax from Winegard. Did not solve the problem, so once again called Winegard for the next possible solution. They have decided now to send me a new turret that I am expected to install, we shall see how that goes.

 

February 4, 2014 Iowa, Louisiana

Auto Repairs and More Satellite Misery

Made my 7:30 appointment at Toyota and it took them about 2 hours to get my speed sensor replaced and I finally have my cruise control back. Very friendly, professional dealership, as opposed to the friendly, incompetent Galveston dealership. If not under warranty, would have cost me just under $400, and there are four of these things to go bad.

Yet another foggy, grey, rainy day so back home to deal with the Winegard dish problem. Called tech support, all hands busy, so left my number, and, just as before someone called back within half an hour. Explained my situation and he said it still sounded like a problem with the coax cable between the turret and the head. He noted that the replacement cable they shipped out was waiting in the park office for me and asked if I would put it in place and let them know if that solved the problem. If not, then they will talk with their warranty people to see where to go next.

Of course, now it is pouring buckets out there so I don’t think I am about to venture up on the roof in this, and it is supposed to rain all day.