09 July 2010


The new pair is maintaining control of the platform with both osprey taking turns being the lookout. The male, in photo, is keeping a watchful eye 100' above. The pair are occassionally bringing in fish and having a few afternoon meals in front of the camera.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice capture of the male MG-thanks!
Both on the nest 7/9 - 6:43 pm

Beth/Ohio

Anonymous said...

I agree...beautiful photo of adult O
:-)

Hawaii

billfish said...

Glad to see that we have a new pair to watch. Can anyone tell me the location of this nest on Matthews Road??

moderator said...

The nest is atop our communications tower which is beside our Operations Building, behind our front office. The front building address is 111 Mathews Drive. Most like there is no address on the front office as it is currently being renovated.

billfish said...

Thanks for the location; I will check it out the next time I drive by. The new ones are really fun to watch!!

Anonymous said...

It seems this pair is very dedicated to the nest. Ir will be interesting to see what happens next year. Though we did not have chicks this year it is very nice to still see osprey on the nest. Have you gotten any closeups to tell if either of these two osprey are banded?
Thanks,
Mary Pat

moderator said...

Good morning Mary Pat,

I agree, this pair is quite dedicated to the nest. No they are not banded. Unfortunately we are unable to have them banded due to we have to have both a certified tower climber and someone knowledgeable of handling ospreys. With that we most likely will never be able to band ospreys on our nest.

Anonymous said...

As I write both osprey are at the nest!!! Wouldn't the Dept of Game & Fisheries or Fish & Wildlife Services be interested in monitoring and tracking these magnificent birds? It would well be worth it. Buy anyway thank you & Palmetto Electric for the opportunity to see into the osprey at Hilton Head.
:) Mary Pat

Anonymous said...

osprey perched at one corner of the nest.

What is the dimensions of the nest? From the camera anagle, it looks quite large!

I like Mary Pat's suggestion about the possibility of involving the Fish and Wildlife services :-)

moderator said...

The nest base is a section of chain link fence which is about 6' X 6'.

I'm not sure if anyone at the Fish and Wildlife services has tower climbing certification. Since the tower is within proximity to our local airport, the FCC requires us to have a certified climber. I'll have to contact them to find out whether or not they have someone with the necessary qualifications.

Anonymous said...

Hi
Thanks for your response about the nest size...that is huge!

Hopefully you will get some good results about the certified climber :=)

When is the pair expected to migrate?
I hope next season will bring the promise of a successful nest!!

Enjoyed watching the pair raise a family last year...looking forward to 2011 and a successful nest.

BTW,is there any possibility of streaming video with sound in the near future?

Thank you :-)

Anonymous said...

Have the osprey been sighted lately? Every time I tune in the nest is empty. Have they left for migration? Possibly. Sure hope they come back next spring to nest here so that we may enjoy. Has anyone considered naming them? Maybe that could be done next spring? I guess I am having withdraw. All but one of the nests I tune in to all the chicks have fledged and only see them sporadically.
Mary Pat :)

moderator said...

Hey Mary Pat,

I'm currently out of town and have been checking the nest myself and noticed that the osprey have not been there. It is possible they have left for migration.

If this pair returns next season we could hold a naming contest again as we did for the 2009 pair. Hopefully the 2011 season will have less drama and a pair that will lay eggs and raise chicks.

I will follow up the season with more postings after I return.

Anonymous said...

2 Osprey on the nest Friday evening ... 6:32 pm (8/6)

Beth/Ohio

Anonymous said...

Yesterday (Friday) afternoon, one of the ospreys was on the nest. I could see only the back of the bird, so couldn't tell if it was the male or female. I don't think the couple is on the nest as often, but they are still around.

I hope MG is on a fun vacation. Look forward to your postings when you return.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

No one on the nest. Don't blame them because it looks like a very rainy day...head for cover!