06 May 2009


To give everyone an idea of the ospreys surrounding fishing holes, you can click on the map of Hilton Head Island, SC to expand it. The blue marker is where we are located. Savannah, Georgia is about 45 miles southwest of us.

41 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have a condo on Folly Field and frequent the island. Whenever I see osprey flying overhead with fish in feet, I wonder about our little feathered family. Wouldn't it be great to circle above the nest and take a peek in! Your camera and comments bring us so close to the real thing. Thanks from another supporter.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Mother hasnt even finished feeding them and he brings in another fish..what a good man.. Our poor little runt just had gotten started feeding , GJ had to get his fill he is a big boy.. This is so fun

Kat

Anonymous said...

Why is mama feeding them right at the edge? I hope she is teaching them "This far and no farther!"

V.

moderator said...

We noticed that too Kat. There are two flounder on the nest. Maybe "GJ" will fill his/her belly and sleep so "MG" and "DS" can eat in peace. The two fish the male caught this morning were very small and "GJ" ate most of each one. The small fish could be because of the storms that past through yesterday afternoon/evening making fishing difficult until now.

Anonymous said...

GREAT PICTURES..how and when if ever will be be able to tell if the chicks are male or female?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the map :-)
I'm wondering how far does the adult need to fly to get fish?

moderator said...

There are countless lagoons located all over Hilton Head and if you look at the map just under the text "Hilton Head Island" is a waterway called Broad Creek, the most likely spot for our male to catch his fish. The osprey also have the Atlantic Ocean for a fishing option.

moderator said...

One of our commentators asked..."how and when if ever will be be able to tell if the chicks are male or female?"

To be honest, I have no idea. Maybe one of our bloggers can answer that question while I attempt to find out. I've been wondering that myself.

"MG" and "DS" are stuffing themselves to their gills while "GJ" is asleep. If you notice the osprey chicks crops are quite full.

moderator said...

From what I just read, we will not be able to tell the sex of the chicks. In North America a necklace (bib) on the chest of an adult osprey normally indicates a female, while a white chest is normally a male.

As chicks age we might see necklaces, though it is not a positive sign of sex. The issue becomes even more difficult considering that almost all juvenile Ospreys show a somewhat prominent necklace. Also, an osprey’s age is a factor in determining sex. Plumage changes occur as a juvenile osprey reaches adulthood and a necklace could disappear.

It is fairly accurate to assume the sex of an Osprey by the lack or presence of a necklace, but it can be fallible in many instances, the age factor. So we may not know if our three chicks are male or female.

Anonymous said...

I've been watching mama osprey for about 20 minutes, and she looked like she didn't know what to do with herself. Chicks are fed and full and cuddled up nicely asleep. I believe she might be doing a little housekeeping now. What fun!

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Yes, those are nice full crops. With the beautiful close ups this morning, I was finally able to see them. Beautiful little chicks are growing fast. Thanks!

Vivian

moderator said...

Good morning Vivian!

I noticed that "GJ" was letting the others eat this morning and noticed the full crops, especially on "DS". I guess dad has been busy fishing already this morning.

Realist said...

From what I can see on the cam, all three chicks are doing very well. I think and hope enough time has gone by so that DS is out of the woods now and will continue to thrive.

All 3 chicks appear to be healthy and prospering! Thanks be for the abundance of fish in the area.

Anonymous said...

Realist said "Thanks be for the abundance of fish in the area." I've seen many fishermen who wouldn't agree. They just don't have the eyesight and ability that our papa osprey has!

Vivian

Anonymous said...

I just tuned in and noticed there is a motionless "lump" at the 12 o clock position of the nest's edge.
Brrrr...is that DS????
I can only see the partial back and tail of the adult and one chick to its right side.

moderator said...

All three chicks are accounted for and are at their usual spot...left edge of the nest. The object in question appears to be a combination of bark, moss, and twigs...not DS.

Anonymous said...

Thank you sooooo much for confirming!! I'm rooting for all three to fledge....

Anonymous said...

2:57pm Feeding time. I just have to thank you again for the wonderful closeups of the chicks eating. Whoever is working the camera...Thank You!!! The chicks are so cute. Growing, growing...and that's a good thing.

Mary Pat

moderator said...

You're welcome Mary Pat. It is amazing to witness how fast these chicks are growing. All three are being fed quite well so maybe all three will eventually fledge.

Anonymous said...

Moderator--I just watched a feeding, and wonder when the chicks will start to eat on their own. Or will mama continue to feed them as long as they are in the nest?
Looks like mama knows how to pick those fish clean. What a delight.

Vivian

moderator said...

Vivian,

I'm not sure about that, but I will look into it and report back on the blog. I did see "MG" and "DS" both pick at a fish yesterday with no prompting from mom or dad.

toni said...

I believe I just saw the dad bring a small fish and finding that no one was interested, flew away with it. Did that happen? Perhaps he needed a meal as well.\
Toni

moderator said...

I wasn't watching the cam at the time, but it is very possible because within the last two hours all three chicks and the female consumed two flounder so I am sure they are stuffed.

toni said...

Thank you so much for all the information you provide for us. It is truly a great experience to be able to watch this process.
Toni

moderator said...

Five posts above a commentator asked if and when the chicks would begin to feed themselves. From what I found out at about six weeks old osprey chicks will begin to feed themselves, which coincides with fledging.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Moderator, for the info on the chicks feeding themselves. It looks like about the last week of May is when mama osprey will get a break from all the feeding she's been doing. Of course, papa osprey will still need to bring in the fish.

Vivian

jules said...

LAST NIGHT'S SUNSET WAS SO LOVELY ......THIS MUST BE A SPECIAL TIME THE PARENTS. THE SUN SHINING ON MOM'S FEATHERS WAS A SIGHT TO BEHOLD. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS AWESOME TREAT SO MEMORABLE.
IS IS NORMAL FOR THE LITTLE ONE TO HAVE A COPPER THROAT?

moderator said...

Juvenile birds are readily identified by the buff fringes to the upperpart plumage, buff tone to the underparts, and streaked crown.

Anonymous said...

It looked like at least two of the chicks were trying to get at a fish in the middle of the nest while mama osprey stood by. Wonder if this is some kind of training mama is doing--getting the chicks ready. They have abandoned the fish and seem to be ready for a snooze.

Vivian

BarefootNurse said...

Ok, that baby needs to get back to the center of the nest and mama osprey needs to scold him! How it makes my heart race seeing them about the nest! I cannot believe how much the have grown :)

Anonymous said...

I sure hope there is more to those edges than appear in the camera view! OK, papa just brought in a fish so let's get the chicks back toward the middle.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Looks like our little chicks are really trying to flap their wings this morning. Beautiful day on Hilton Head.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Is there camera problems this morning or is it my computer..

thanks
kat

moderator said...

One of our techs is working on port switches so viewers may experience intermittent service.

Anonymous said...

Yeah. The chicks are in the middle of the nest!! They look so good. They will be fledging before we know it.

Mary Pat

Anonymous said...

Checked on the weather for Hilton Head and it doesn't sound good.
Possible nickel sized hail??

Will they be okay through this bad storm?

moderator said...

At last check mom was covering the chicks from all the rain and hail so they should be ok.

Anonymous said...

I'm on Hilton Head, pretty close to the tower, and so far we haven't gotten any hail today. It was difficult to watch the nest during the rain though. Mama osprey is so diligent taking care of and protecting her little chicks.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Phenomenal mom!
I hope she doesn't sustain any injury
Thank you for your update

Terrible weather for all creatures and humans, too. I'll pray for the best.

Suz said...

So glad the camera got fixed--I live around the corner from the nest. Although there was no hail, the heavy rain and winds must be very difficult on mom and the babies. I was so upset when the camera froze last night and couldn't see how the family was doing! These parents are fantastic--it is such a priviledge to be able to watch them grow! Thanks to Palmetto for doing such a fine job--the close-ups are amazing. Moderator--Any chance of getting a camera on the osprey nest on the HH bridge too? They always seem to have success with their chicks! Thanks to you too for all the good info on ospreys--we are learning alot!

moderator said...

Suz, we are not looking at placing a camera at the Intercoastal Waterway nest at this time. We are assessing the cost of updating our current osprey camera for a video/audio streaming camera.

Last night's storm knocked us off line, but we had it back up and running early this morning. Hopefully that will be the last offline instance we have while the osprey family is on the nest.