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Amusing Monday: See baby ospreys in the nest

June 17th, 2013 by cdunagan

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.
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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.

View the live Ospreycam here. A 10-second update of the webcam is available for slow computers and seems to work better at night. To read the story about how the webcam was installed, click here.

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.

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2 Responses to “Amusing Monday: See baby ospreys in the nest”

  1. cdunagan Says:

    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.

  2. Robin Says:

    I still haven’t figured out where to get info. but I am wondering if anyone has an idea of the happens of the third chick? Seems I missed it. And hoping I may get a easy word.
    I appreciate all being done. I promise I am also am seeing to Silver Lake rounding up others to do it to provide help for the awesome Osprey of WA State at Silver lake (98645). However this nest Washington Lake, happens to be a favorite & has helped be a motivator .

    Sincerely, Robin Davidson (360-967-2150)

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