25 February 2013

From the photos we took last week, it appears that Bea and Jasper have returned for their third year at our platform. This pair has a total of four offspring that fledeged, two in 2011 and two in 2012. In 2011, the chick, MT, died in it's 5th week and last year the third chick, which would have been called TN, never hatched.

The pair appears to be on schedule arriving at the nest between the second and third week of February. In 2011 eggs were laid March 25th, 28th, and 31st. In 2012, Bea laid eggs on March 24th, 26th, and 29th.

So we could possible see a clutch in a months time if the pair sticks to their timetable. As in the past two seasons, there is much work to be done to have the nest ready for eggs.

22 February 2013

Welcome to the 2013 Palmetto Electric Osprey Season

We want to welcome everyone to a new osprey season. We finally got our new camera and a new bracket to re-position the view to encompass the entire platform, which means we don't have to pan the camera to follow the ospreys. We'll still zoom in to get the close up, personal shots.

We are still tweaking the new camera settings so your patience is appreciated with our tinkering.

For the past seven years, Palmetto Electric viewers have enjoyed watching an osprey family from our 100-foot communications tower located on Hilton Head Island.
While we were installing the camera yesterday, we took some photos of the pair that is occupying the platform. I've yet to compare those pictures from last year's couple to verify if they are the same pair. I should post that next week.

We hope you're able to check back often and enjoy watching their progress.