UPDATE, June 17, 6 p.m.
I forgot that I had written about ospreys and their hunting
techniques in this blog in
August of 2011.
In an osprey nest monitored with live video by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, it appears that all three eggs have hatched into baby osprey.
The video at right was recorded from the live WDFW Ospreycam and posted on YouTube Saturday by someone called AccSpec, who says the nest is located near Gig Harbor.
Opreys eat fish almost exclusively, which is why they nest near water. Adults typically hover over the water before they drop like a rock and dive feet first, grabbing fish with their sharp talons. The young will begin exercising their wings before they take their first flights and learn to fish.
OTHER LIVE OSPREYCAMS
Hog Island ospreycam is managed by Audubon on Hog Island near Bremen, Maine. These ospreys laid their eggs about the end of April.
Cape Cod ospreycam monitors a nest at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster, Mass.
Hellgate Canyon ospreycam is located at Riverside Health Care Center in Missoula, Mont.
OTHER WILDLIFE CAMS
Pintail duck wildlife cam in the Prairie Pothole Region near Egeland, N.D. The eggs were laid May 16 and should hatch at any time, but long-term prospects for the ducklings are not good. Previous research in the area has shown that the likelihood of surviving predators and other threats is about 5 percent.
Atlantic Puffin cam at Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge in Maine.
Elephant seal cam located between San Simeon and the Piedras Blancas Light Station on the Pacific Coast of California. The webcam is a joint project of Friends of the Elephant Seal and California State Parks.
Salmoncam shows salmon returning to Issaquah Hatchery, operated by WDFW. The camera in the holding pool shows a still photo that refreshes every 10 seconds.