Live! Osprey Cam

August 29, 2013 - The Osprey's endured a successful season! One of the two chicks that hatched have developed into a nearly fully capable adult. We have been watching the goings on of the nest and are now waiting to say our final goodbyes.  

2013 - The Osprey's are back at their nest! However 2013 will prove to be a year that the stars get a break from their seasons in the limelight. We have temporarily dismantled the Osprey camera and are arranging alternative up close and personal locations to showcase various wetland spectacles. Stay Tuned! 

UPDATE 

July 17th, 2012 - The two osprey chicks passed away on Sunday, July 15th.  After a large electrical storm, the male went missing and the female was there infrequently.  The younger chick passed away in the nest and the older check went missing from the nest.  We will look at recorded footage to see if we can piece together what happened.

No live streaming this season.  Please check out video footage below for some highlights from the 2012 season.

NOTE - LIVE STREAMING IS NOT AVAILABLE THIS SEASON

 

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Osprey Landing

 

2012 Updates

A pair of ospreys arrived back to the nest on April 14th!

The pair has successfully laid two eggs, one on May 18th and the other on May 24th.  They are doing a great job at incubating the eggs.

The first egg hatched in the morning of June 26th.  The second egg hatched on June 29th.

July 5th - Both chicks are healthy looking and are being feed regularly.

July 10th - Chicks continue to grow and are healhy and active.  Sibling rivalry is starting to occur...

July 15th - Younger chick died in nest.  Older chick went missing from nest

2012 Video Highlights

Click on the link below to view...

Early Season Nest Highlights

Background

Seasonally, a camera is installed on an Osprey nest perched above the wetland of the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area. 

From approximately May to August, live images from the camera are streamed from our website and on large flat screen TV’s at the Wildlife Interpretation Centre. The camera gives a spectacular up close and personal look into the lives of a pair of Osprey and their young.

If you are interested in supporting this project, you can help us out by making a donation.

A special thanks to our partners, the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program and Kootenay Wireless.

Footage From Previous Seasons

Please enjoy the following video clips from previous seasons.

Clip 1   Clip 2   Clip 3   Clip 4   Clip 5   Clip 6  

Osprey facts

Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) return to the same nest year after year. The nests are made of sticks and man made items (string, twine and fishing line) and are often located on man-made elevated structures such as power poles, buoys and bridges as well as cliffs and snags.

The female lays between two to four eggs, one to five days apart. The eggs are incubated for 35 to 40 days.

The diet of an Osprey consists nearly entirely of live fish.

Ospreys can become completely submerged when diving for fish and still take off with their prey, unlike Bald Eagles which pluck the fish from the surface.

There have been reports of Ospreys drowning after locking into a fish that is too big and strong to bring to the surface. Ospreys were once threatened around the world primarily due to the use of DDT and other pesticides, but their numbers have rebounded in recent in decades.

They are the most widely distributed bird of prey, found on all continents except Antarctica.

Ospreys in the Columbia Basin usually migrate in winter to the southern United States or Mexico.

Ospreys are unique in that they have an opposable toe that can face forward or backward. When sitting on a branch it usually has three toes on the front and one on the back. When holding a fish it usually has two toes on each side of the fish. When flying with its prey the Osprey invariably flies with the fish head first to reduce wind resistance.