06 May 2011




One of our bloggers asked if we had an osprey platform photo. The platform is a six foot chain link fence, give or take, situated at the top of a 100 foot communications tower. The camera is situated on a vertical post so not to interfere with the communications equipment and is positioned on the eastern edge of the tower and overhangs the platform about a foot or so. The camera's size is approximately 7.6" x 4.75". The camera is encased in a weather proof housing which makes its overall size roughly 1'x1'. The photo does not show the bottom portion of the tower.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the photo. Funny how large the shadow of the camera looks in the early morning sunlight, so to a newborn chick this might appear to be a parent with food approaching?

Do we know how sharp the chicks' vision is at this age? They do seem to focus on the camera and also on the parent feeding them. Eventually will they "learn" that the camera is "not-parent" and stop staring at it? Hmmmmm. TBD I guess.

Thanks.

Peter

moderator said...

An osprey's eyesight is 3-5 times greater than a human being's eyes. The dark band surrounding an osprey's eye reduces glare when it flies over sunlit water in search of food. The dark band works the same way black smudges under an athletes eyes to help reduce glare.

I'm not sure how sharp a chick's vision is or when their vision increases. One of our bloggers may now the answer to that. I'll investigate that in the mean time.

Anonymous said...

Glad to see the rain has stopped for now. Mama was doing a good job keeping the two little ones dry.

Vivian

Anonymous said...

Yea we have three chick!!!

Anonymous said...

10:13 Looks like the 3rd chick is hatching...but it is really hard to see. Dad just brought a fish and there is a lot of movement by the other chicks. But I am sure I can see a 3rd chick.

Sue

Anonymous said...

The 3rd chick is out!

Sue

moderator said...

Darn it. I was just watching them and took a shower. Thanks to Sue again she spotted the third chick hatch.