Watch nesting ospreys on live webcam
The Nature Conservancy's new webcam broadcasts the activities in an osprey nest 24 hours a day, and it even has an infrared sensor so viewers can watch the birds at night.
Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 11:42 AM
Photo: Screenshot from video
Nesting season has begun for ospreys, and you can watch one pair live, thanks to a Nature Conservancy webcam in Orange Beach, Ala.
The feed broadcasts 24 hours a day and is trained on a nest shared by Josie and Elbert, two ospreys named after nearby Alabama towns.
This year's camera has a new infrared sensor that allows viewers to watch the birds even at night.
Although osprey numbers are strong, they weren't always that way. Between then 1950s and 1970s, their populations declined as much as 90 percent in some areas because of DDT and other pesticides.
The chemicals caused thinning eggshells, making them brittle and more likely to break during incubation.
But thanks to DDT bans, osprey numbers have rebounded and the species is no longer listed as threatened.
Ospreys live near bodies of water and are highly efficient fishers. Studies show they successfully catch a fish one out of four times, and on average it takes them only 12 minutes of hunting to catch a fish.
You'll be able to see the results of Josie's hunts on the webcam. She'll bring fish back to the nest and feed small chunks of it to her chicks.
When feeding time is over, Elbert will clean the nest.
You can watch the osprey webcam live on the Nature Conservancy website.
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