08 March 2011

We've had a few posts asking us to unzoom the camera so the entire nest is in full view. The fence section that is secured to the top of the 100 foot tower is approximately 6'x6'. The camera is situated on one of the towers three sides. The bracket holding the camera is vertical so the camera is not positioned back and away from the nest, which is why viewers feel they are "zoomed in" to the ospreys. In 2009 when Bella and Benecio had their chicks their nest was across the platform so the camera wasn't on top of them. This year's pair has built their nest almost directly beneath the camera.

We are looking for a bracket that will fit the housing on the tower as well as one angled back to provide a full view of the nest and also to not interfere with the communications equipment on the tower. At this time we are unable to find one. The camera's zoom position is as far out as possible at all times unless we zoom in for a close up. Hopefully in the future we can remedy the camera's position, but in the meantime we hope our viewer's continue to enjoy the ospreys.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am pleased to check in lately and always seeing an osprey!! However, I do not think the nest is ready for eggs. Anyone else agree? Definitely has to be an inexperienced pair.
Mary Pat :)

Anonymous said...

Don't they have to create a "bowl" there before laying eggs? Seems like eggs would just roll off at this point. At least things are happening and the area is getting filled in. I'm forever watching and hoping!

Vivian

moderator said...

Osprey nests are generally built with large sticks and miscellaneous debris on the outer edge and the interior built with smaller twigs, grasses...spanish moss in our area, thus creating a "bowl" shape.

The pair on our platform has done a good job so far building their nest considering not much material was on the platform in the beginning. The nest is built up on the eastern side, underneath the camera, though the other sides remain flat. Yes, they both could do a better job with creating a "bowl" around the nest. Their nest is a sloppy construction which may indicate an inexperienced pair as one blogger mentioned.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Moderator,
I guess because I do not see the other side and just the part that doesn't have much there that I feel it is not prepared. Sorry. You are seeing more than us so maybe that part of the nest is okay for eggs. Does there appear to be a nest bowl under the camera?
Mary Pat:)

moderator said...

Underneath the camera the side of the nest is built up so that side is protected.

Anonymous said...

Sounds as if mom and dad are preparing for an event!
My understanding though, from various comments re the location of the nest, is that we will not have a view of the "happenings" within the nest, i.e. eggs, hatching etc?
DB Canada

moderator said...

Good morning DB,

Yes, you will see eggs, hatchings, etc., provided they lay eggs. Because the camera's position is limited by the communication equipement that surrounds the tower does not mean that activity on the nest will be blocked from view. We will continue as always to show the osprey's upon the tower.