Each year the Decorah Eagles enthrall nature lovers across the world. Located at the Raptor Resource Project in Decorah, Iowa, Director Bob Anderson uses a live web cam to monitor the nest. Each year eggs are laid, eaglets hatch and the world watches them learn to fly.
This is one of several osprey nests in Boulder County, Colorado. In the spring of 2003, this osprey pair began nesting on a light pole at the Boulder County Fairgrounds and returned each year. In 2009, wildlife biologists moved the nest to its current location just east of the Cattail pond for the birds’ safety. The pair shifted to the new location with ease.
Osprey migrate far to the south every year to Central or South America. The male, female, and offspring all go their separate ways. The male and female migrate and winter separately but return to the same nesting site each year. Offspring usually remain at their wintering grounds for their entire first year before beginning a migration and nesting pattern. There are no markings to indicate which osprey is male and which is female, but the females are generally larger than the males. They show up around the first of April and complete mating and egg-laying within the first two weeks after both have arrived. They leave between September and October, after the chicks have fledged.
Other birds utilize the platform whether the osprey are present or not. Magpies and blackbirds have been spotted on the platform or camera when the osprey were on the nest. Smaller birds can nest in the nest material and are usually ignored by the osprey. One year we saw a Great Blue Heron perching frequently on the platform with no apparent disruption to the osprey.
The osprey is the only local raptor that almost exclusively hunts fish. On rare occasions, they will eat squirrel or muskrat. Osprey will sometimes scout for fish from its nest. Once a fish is spotted, the osprey will drop down in the water fully submerged. Their dense and oily feathers allow them to come back out of the water and fly away. They are successful just over half the time on that first dive. Some of the public places you can see them fishing are: Fairgrounds lake, Twin Peaks golf course, Lagerman Reservoir, Izaak Walton Pond, Golden Ponds, and Pella Crossing.
The nest is mainly used for the osprey’s offspring. The nests have to be wide enough to support up to six full-sized birds. Osprey nests weight an average of 400 pounds and are amended yearly. No one knows why they collect all the different things that they do for their nest (including trash), other than to make the lining soft and to keep eggs from falling into voids in the stick nest. Osprey chicks only have a 50% chance of surviving their first year.
BALD EAGLE link
This eagle camera is brought to you by the MNDNR’s Nongame Wildlife Program, which helps over 700 species of Minnesota wildlife thrive.
There is no audio available with this camera.There could be a slight delay before the live stream starts. This is live video of wild bald eagles living in nature.
PEREGRINE FALCONS link
The camera is remotely deployed to view one of Mississippi’s known pairs of Peregrine Falcons. It provides live video of this nesting pair 24 hours a day and is equipped with low light color vision.
Audubon Osprey Nest Cam – Hog Island, Maine.
These Ospreys usually start laying eggs sometime in April. The nest is located on a 30 foot tower at the Audubon Camp on Hog Island, Maine. The female, Rachel can be identified by a striped necklace pattern on her breast. For more information about this camera please visit audubon.org
Live Osprey Nest Cam – Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.
This is a live feed of a wild mating pair of Osprey. These Ospreys usually start laying eggs around the beginning of April. The nest is located on a pole with a platform on top in Smith Mountain Lake. This pole/platform was built specifically for nesting Osprey in 2004. For more information about this camera please visit virginiaoutdoors.com
Watch Decorah Eagles North Nest – LIVE.
The bald eagles of the Decorah North Nest roost high in a white oak tree in a secluded valley north of Decorah, Iowa. cam1
Watch Sauces Bald Eagle, Channel Islands National Park – LIVE link.
You’re invited into the nest to discover the breeding and nesting behavior of bald eagles on Santa Cruz Island, part of Channel Islands National Park.