Birds & Birding

Osprey Cam: Reality TV Featuring Our Wild Neighbors

June 3, 2013

Screenshot from the City of Orange Beach, Alabama osprey nest live cam.
Screenshot from the City of Orange Beach, Alabama osprey nest live cam.

Editor’s Note: Osprey Cam is back! Check out the 2015 edition at its new location.

Yes, the ospreys have the left the nest and the osprey cam has ended its run (but look f0r it next year). Want another live cam? Check out deep sea life live with from the Okeanos Explorer!

By Jeff Dequattro, Nature Conservancy Coastal Programs Office, Alabama

UPDATE, JULY 6, 2013: If you see an empty nest: Both Ossie and Aubrie have been leaving the nest for fairly long periods, but returning, sometimes with a fish, sometimes with a parent with a fish (and getting fed). We expect these out-of-nest periods to lengthen as the birds mature — for now, at least one of the birds is still sleeping in the nest.

UPDATE, JUNE 26, 2013: Osprey will fledge (leave the nest) anywhere from 52 to 60 days after hatching. Any day now Ossie and Aubrie will start leaving the nest on experimental flights where they will learn to hunt and survive on their own. This doesn’t mean that they’ll be away for the whole summer – typically, the young birds of prey will stick around the nest an additional 3 to 4 weeks while they learn to be adults.

Allie laid three eggs over the course of 2 to 3 days starting on March 28. The incubation period lasted for 36 days until the first egg hatched on May 3, with the second egg hatching during the early morning of May 4th. The third egg did not hatch, unfortunately, however this isn’t abnormal. We’ve all watched over the past 54 days as Bama brought up to six fish per day at some points to feed the three nest-bound ospreys. 

There are some new neighbors in town, and I can’t stop spying on them!

Allie and Bama recently moved to Orange Beach, Alabama. They live on prime real estate in this pristine beach town along the northern Gulf Coast. The climate is sub-tropical, grocery shopping is close-by, and the commute to work is more than manageable. They utilize locally sourced food for nourishment and have recycled building material for their humble abode. Their family is healthy and quickly growing with the arrival of two new offspring.

Allie, Bama and their newborns are not your typical beach-town family. They are birds of prey, called osprey (Pandion haliaetus) and in late spring this spring, The Nature Conservancy and our partners installed a camera to monitor their activities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We have been invited into the home of Allie and Bama, and it has been the best unscripted reality show I’ve ever seen!

Ospreys are typically social animals that are seen all over the world, including populated coastal areas. They build their nests near hardy supplies of fish and in open, elevated locations that allow for a safe approach by air. Artificial platforms, like the one Allie and Bama have adopted are important for providing safe harbor for rebounding populations of ospreys. Ospreys also tend to build nests on other manmade structures not intended for this purpose, such as telephone poles, electric transformer boxes and channel markers, which can be unsafe for these animals and cause a nuisance for critical infrastructure important to humans.

What can you see on the Allie and Bama osprey camera?

Bama, the patriarch of the family,  brings in several fish a day from Perdido Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, both of which are less than a mile away. Bama brings mostly striped mullet (Mugil curema) to share with the family.

Allie (aka: Mom) takes over by tearing small chunks of the fish and feeding them to the eager chicks who are straining their necks and wrestling each other for a chance to get a tasty morsel of fresh sashimi. Once Mom and the chicks are finished, Bama comes back and cleans out the nest. You’ll notice that the nest is very well kept and free of discarded fish carcasses.

Allie rules the roost — she sticks around the nest almost all day to keep the hatchlings warm, fend off predators like owls and ensure everyone’s belly is full. It’s easy to tell the difference between the parents. Allie is noticeably larger than Bama, and she has brown spots around her neck, like a necklace. When Allie stands up, or takes a short flight around the nest to stretch her wings, you’ll see the two chicks sleeping or wrestling with each other.

You may be asking yourself: Why should I care about the osprey?

  • The survival and proliferation of this osprey family is rooted in a healthy and resilient ecosystem. Consisting on a diet of almost exclusively fish, they tend to live near large bodies of water where their primary source of food is plentiful. For that reason, the presence of ospreys is often viewed as an indicator that something is going well in the environment. It means there are fish that are big enough and virile enough to support a healthy balance of predator and prey interactions. Allie and Bama have food sources for their young in nearby Perdido Bay as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Their presence in this area indicates that fish are plentiful enough to keep two large adult ospreys and two rapidly growing juveniles healthy.
  • They are just cool! They are the only type of hawk or eagle that dive all the way into the water to catch fish. They dive feet first and catch fish with their sharp talons. They also have a reversible outer toe that they use to point their fish head-first, which makes them more aerodynamic during the flight back to the nest.
  • Ospreys have made a dramatic comeback since their sharp decline between 1950 and 1970. The United States’ ban on DDT in 1972 is largely thought to be the reason for their comeback. This apparent change in populations and health over that period of time has implications for ospreys’ sensitivity to the environment. If ospreys are declining, then the health of the resources they depend on are also in decline.

I encourage everyone who reads this blog to view the camera and participate in the upcoming baby-naming contest that just started! Watch Allie and Bama throughout the summer and share our excitement with watching the two hatchlings grow like weeds. This is a rare opportunity to be intimately involved in the lives of wild animals.

Opinions expressed on Cool Green Science and in any corresponding comments are the personal opinions of the original authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Nature Conservancy.

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388 comments

  1. I’m amazed by these birds. My kids and I can’t stop watching since I saw this a few days ago. The behaviors are amazing to watch. Thanks for this one of a kind experience!

    1. does Bama stay at the nest, it got dark last night and he wasn’t home?

    1. Asher, ospreys use the same nest over and over again — this camera was installed during a period when the birds were not using the nest.

  2. Thanks for posting this! It’s the best reality show on the internet. I love Ospreys. We had a frequent visitor at a federal fish hatchery I worked at a couple of years ago in Texas and I could watch her for hours! I’m hooked on these cuties!

  3. Thank you
    The fact that you took the time to introduce humans to the beings around them may spark an interest in conservation and preservation of the earth’s natural resources.

  4. Got the link to your webcam from The Nature Conservancy today. TOTALLY awesome! When did the chicks hatch?

  5. Here is an osprey cam in Orange Beach, AL. Better look soon as these babies are almost grown. Looks like this is about 15 miles from you?

  6. We have numerous osprey and eagle nests around Pensacola and at Fort Pickens but none with a “bird’s eye view” such as this one. Thank you

  7. From our kitchen window, we have full view of an osprey nest near Peace River in Central Florida. What a treat to watch them rebuild their nest, sit on it ,then bring food to the babies, and then teach them to fly. This is their 3rd year on this nest.

  8. This is an absolutely wonderful thing you’ve provided! My family and I are mesmerized by these beautiful creatures! We will continue to watch these remarkable birds every day as they go through their daily living tasks. Seeing them move about, preen their feathers, feed, and respond to the world around them brings such joy to me and to my entire family. You’ve made lots of people around my home smile by giving us a window into the fascinating world of these ospreys!

  9. I have been watching the progress of the osprey nests in Montana and now have found these. It is amazing how fast they grow and how attentive the parents are.

  10. Simply amazing! Ive never seen baby birds so closely before or such beautiful baby birds I love this thanks for doing this its truly a treat

  11. Thank you for watch & Saving Mother Nature ! I am doing my best too. :-)

  12. I seeing what looks like 3 adults in the nest. Is that 3rd bird 1 of the babies?

    1. There are only two baby osprey in this nest. If you see a third, it’s an adult. They’re hard to tell apart at this stage!

  13. Love this!! Been watching them most of the day! Thanks for posting! :)

  14. Bab Holtz – Look at the white wing tips (primaries, etc.)on the two younger birds. They appear to be dark/light,speckled looking overall. The Adults appear dark overall. The facial markings, neck and chest look similar but the top of the young birds’ heads look a little different.

  15. Wow. I like this. This is my first time i am watching a live filming of birds life. thank you very much. Great attempt. I am from Sri Lanka and i am a naturalist coz like this opportunities very helpful for us to learn about other country s birds., Thank you again.

    I like this so much.

  16. Amazing– absolutely amazing how these beautiful creatures care for each other. I think people should take a few lessons from them.

  17. It appears that one of the adults is standing watch through the night; is this right? It is the first time I have seen this nest cam, so I have no idea what the usual behaviour of these ospreys is. I have not seen the second adult; would it be usual for the second adult to sleep somewhere else other than the nest and then return in the dawn? By the way, I am watching on my computer at work in Melbourne, Australia. Thank you for this most remarkable sight.

  18. Wow, this has been so fun to check in with them all day to see what they’re doing. Really a joy to watch their daily life. Beautiful birds.

  19. What a sense of the value of life you have offered here!
    I Chanced upon it at a time when I am recuperating from triple
    by-pass heart surgery and other ailments.
    When I watch these beautiful birds feed and preen and grow;when I watch the parents diligently nourish and protect them, I am struck by the thought that life, no matter how short, is fulfilling. Life…all of life, is so sacred and so wonderful that we should face the inevitable ending with nothing less than an appreciation for our short journey here.
    Nature is so breathtakingly splendid.
    Thank you for sharing!

    1. WOW!!! What a beautiful comment. And I wish that
      everyone would feel the same. Hope you get well soon.

      1. Thank you, Patty.

        You are a kind and sensitive lady.

        Robert

  20. thanks for making this cam possible—this is similar to the decorah. iowa eagle family i watched for hours last year—this a real treat for me….

  21. 9am,looks hot up there,what do they do for shade or to stay cool? they’re almost panting,,this is very interesting,cant wait to see them eat,,but they need water ?

  22. Love this! I’m totally addicted! Can’t keep from checking in on them frequently.
    Is it me or is one of the fledglings a little weak? Seems like he/she is nearly always lying down when I peek in and his/her wings seem splayed more often than not.

    Also, do birds pant? Like just now it looks like mom and baby have their mouths just open in what looks like panting…

    1. Birds do not sweat — they do open their beaks to facilitate breathing when it’s hot. So it looks like panting.

  23. Last year we watched the baby eaglets grow . Was this the same nest? This is great just no sound this time. I have sent it on to everyone. Great for kids instead of games on the computer this summer Thanks for this education.

  24. I do think the names should be “Rolle” and “Tidee” to keep in the theme of things.

  25. Loving this!! It’s been slow here at work, so watching the ospreys has helped the time pass by a little more quickly!

  26. This is fabulous. I can’t wait until they try to fly. I had a Mourning Dove nest in a low tree on my lawn and watched the chicks develop, including trying to fly. One day the nest was empty and I have wondered if mom and chicks moved on or if a predator got to them.

  27. One of the juveniles bobs his head around quite a bit as he peers aroung. I wonder if he has an eyesight problem. Anyhow, I have named him Bob. Don’t you think he should be named “Bob?”

  28. Love watching the family on and off two days but haven’t seen the male adult or seen the birds feed. It is great fun to watch the chicks test their wings, though. Thanks for a great view, I’ve only seen osprey from a distance hunting fish on a lake I visit – that male shares his lake with a bald eagle and a great heron. Great bird fight scenes.

  29. It’s great watching the babies. I notice that they scratch a lot. Do they have a problem?

    1. No problem. The scratching is essentially their way of grooming. It’s hot on the Northern Gulf Coast this time of year and with that heat there are plenty of pesky mosquitos and other insects that see the osprey family and their feeding times as sources of food. The ospreys are continuously preening and cleaning themselves so they can remain healthy.

  30. See the update above from scientist Jeff DeQuattro about when the ospreys will be fledging — and what’s next for them.

  31. Thank you for this wonderful view. Our family is enjoying this treat.

  32. Do the babies–who haven’t left the nest quite yet from what I can tell–get water through the food brought to them by Mom and/or Dad?

  33. Thanks for this great opportunity to see live ospreys!
    I noticed one of the young ospreys seems to stand on one leg some of the time and is less active. Does it have a handicap?

  34. Is the feed not available on mobile devices? Can’t see it on my iPad.

  35. I’m enjoying this so much!! Thank you for posting it…It’s my new addiction!! Right now I’m sitting at my desk (supposedly working), worrying about the two babies because they seem bored!! hahaha!!
    Thanks again!!
    Loralee

  36. This is amazing! Mom and the kids polished off what looked like a catfish in about 40 minutes, fins, bones, skin and tail. Nothing was wasted. She ate more after the kids were full, then made sure there were no scraps in the nest. We should take a lesson.

  37. Love this! Thanks for letting us watch Allie, Bama, and their chicks. Beautiful birds!

  38. I haven’t seen the dad at all and have been watching nearly all day every day the last couple of days (yes, I am neglecting the housework and the children haha)and I just wondered if anyone else has seen him recently? Is it rare he is by the nest?

  39. It’s Thursday morning and this doesn’t look like a live streaming camera shot. It looks like a photograph of a nest and a parking lot. It hasn’t changed. No cars are moving in the parking lot, or the road, and no wind and feathers are blowing in the nest. Yesterday there ere feathers blowing around the edge of the nest and you could seeing the Osprey’s moving, but this looks like a still camera shot.

  40. I just posted a comment and the time given to the post was June 27, 2013 at 11:28 AM. But, I am writing this at 7:28 AM, EDT. The time is inaccurate.

  41. Absolutely remarkable. Living in the center of the United States, we don’t have many opportunities to see this kind of thing. Thank you so much.

  42. To see the adult fly into the nest with a fish in its talons is amazing. And the wingspan on them ….. Huge.

  43. To those wondering I saw the Dad stop by twice yesterday in the late afternoon with fish. Once he landed with the female. The female then starts right in distributing the fish. The male is there and gone very, very quickly. Easy to miss.

  44. That one little one has had a talon caught in some nesting material for some time now. Hope it breaks free of it soon. Kind of makes you nervous.

  45. I’d love some specifics.
    About how large is the nest? How many times has this pair of osprey used it? Do they rebuild each season? Do the babies remain in the area or move on to another location?
    I LOVE watching them try their wings, especially flapping and going straight UP! Will the mom fly with them when they begin?

  46. Wow! One of the birds went backwards to the edge of the nest and pooped over the side. Is that what they do all the time? Is there a pile under the nest?

  47. One bird is flying from one side of nest to the other. Is (s)he getting ready to fly away?

  48. The mom is making me laugh. The babies are nearly as large as she is, yet she is protecting them (from the wind?) with her wing. A helicopter mom, just like so many of us….

  49. We have a pair of Osprey near our home on Lake Norman in NC. We love watching them, but obviously this camera view is sooo much better! It seems that our Osprey are on about the same time-table? Is the timing of returning to the nest about the same everywhere or does it vary by region? Thanks for the up-close view! (Also our Osprey have eaten a few snakes… Yuck. Is this typical?)

    1. I just found a osprey cam from NJ. This nest has four babies that are quite a bit younger than these. Can’t imagine how crowded the nest will be when they get bigger! That cam has sound.

  50. These babies are huge but won’t leave the nest and sit around waiting for food all day. Kids these days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. This is marvelous! Just started watching a few days ago. Saw Bama then, but not in past couple of days. Does he normally leave for this long, or have I missed a visit from him to the nest?

  52. Well, it’s Thursday night, at 11:40 PM, EDT and one bird is wide-eyed looking at the camera! I guess he can’t sleep. Or, maybe there’s not enough room in the nest with four Osprey’s.
    I’m in Lilburn, GA and we just received a heavy 20-30 minute rain. I would be interested in watching the nest during a heavy rain.

  53. It surprises me that these birds are awake so much during the night. Is this because of the interference of so much electric light in the man-made environment? In the natural habitat would they sleep through the night or still be awake most of the time?

  54. I haven’t seen “Dad” since the other evening. Has he been back to the nest yet?

  55. This is so amazing and wonderful to watch. I pray that
    their first flight will be safe. Thank You for sharing
    this.

  56. A few minutes ago, one of the babies(?) just flew up over the nest for a few seconds before landing back in the center. Has anyone noticed them flying away from the nest yet?

  57. What kind of camera are you using? The picture is soooo sharp!
    Thank you!

  58. Fledgling #1 flew completely out of the nest at 3:15 PDT (6:15 in Alabama, I presume.) He’s now been gone for eight minutes and counting. Momma left soon after his departure, presumably to take care of him. Meanwhile, #2 is doing a lot more wing-flapping, so he may follow soon enough.

  59. The one left the nest about 6:16pm EST. It’s hard to tell where it has gone or if it is just perched somewhere off camera. Wish we had another camera angle!

  60. The young one took off about 8.10 am Eastern Australian time. The parent took off very soon after, possibly to keep an eye on it.

  61. Young one just arrived back 8.49 Eastern Australian time, good news. First long flight?

  62. Fledgling #1 just arrived back at the nest at 3:49 PDT, for a total time away of 34 minutes. No sign of Momma yet. My wife thinks that #2 has calmed down again now that he has company. #1 is doing a lot of wing stretching.

    Meanwhile on channel 2 (http://explore.org/#!/live-cams/player/live-osprey-cam and thanks for the tip, Emily Ginder!), those two babies have been fed two fish in the past hour! Lots going on.

  63. One chick seems much larger and has already flown and returned to the nest today. Wondering about the other one who stands around on one foot quite a bit?

  64. They seem to mostly face towards our left. What direction is that, and is that the side of the prevailing wind?

  65. The camera appears to be pointing approximately north. Yesterday, the wind seemed to be coming from the west, so they were facing into it, getting lift by stretching out their wings. #1 did this many times, “flying” for a split second and “landing” right where he took off from (or at most on the other side of the nest) before he was ready for his true maiden flight. So far today, the wind seems dead calm, which means they aren’t oriented the same way, and which may make it more difficult for #2 to follow in #1’s footsteps. Right now (6:58 A.M. PDT or 9:58 Alabama time) #1 is flapping a lot, getting ready for another excursion?

  66. Now the wind has come up (from the west, more or less, again), and there is a lot more preparatory wing-beating on the part of both fledglings. It looks like more flights are likely very soon, even though you can sometimes see the rain dripping off them. It would seem a lot safer if Momma were around to help guide them back to the nest.

  67. I look at this every day and it brings a smile to my face.
    I have been an avid Central Park birder but due to right knee and left foot problems, which have lasted years, my birding has been sharply curtailed. This has helped to fill a void in my life. Thank you for that.

  68. I just saw one bird fledge! i am so excited. Love watching the Osprey

  69. That Osprey has been sitting in that nest by itself for several hours, I believe. Every time I enter my room and look at my monitor the bird is there, by it self. It must be a Democrat and expect the other birds to bring it some food. Or else, it doesn’t realize that it is missing an opportunity by not making an effort to fledge. Go on bird, try like the others did! You can make it!

        1. CRAZY stupid to bring politics into the beauty of nature…he will fly when ready, NOT before! They instinctively know their limits. The sibs a lot of times have one a little weaker, one gets more food, being more agressive,the other possibly a slight “handicap” & cant get as much food, thus doesn’t fly or develop as quickly!

  70. I just saw one chick on the nest then 2 sub adults now there are 3 can anyone shed light. Kevin new Milford, ct.

    1. Kevin, one of the chicks is fledging and doing test flights. The other seems to be staying in the nest for now. The parent has accompanied the first chick on its flights and returns to the nest with it. Completely normal behavior on all parts.

    2. Hi Bob,

      I’ve been photographing and observing Ospreys here in CT for 5 years. Have 5 nests I can get to from late March to May 30th when the beaches are closed only to residents. The other is a platform nest at the Milford Coastal Audubon Center which also has a web cam but for me I can’t access due active X controls & so forth, I follow these birds twice a week from March till September and in 2010 wrote a daily journal (150 pages typed).

      What I saw when I made the post was that 3 chicks had landed on the nest. One was there then # 2 arrived shortly thereafter by a 3rd, all 3 hand their what I call their first flight feathers. One definitely wasn’t a parent.

      I’ve noticed this here at home where a rouge chick from another nest will land with other chicks only to be chased away when a parent returns. Not common I guess but it happens.

      Our nest this year the female was 8 days late and mating commenced minutes after her arrival since the nest was fixed by the male after Super Storm Sandy did a number one it. This year our pair has one chick and in the past 3-4 all fledgling and hopefully moving on.

      The experts here suspect she’s older and nearing the end, who knows but all 3 seem to doing just fine. Very poor weather in the NE and it’s been 10 days since I’ve been down hopefully one day I’ll catch a break and see our guy flying.

      Any thoughts would be appreciated and what a wonderful camera and these birds allowing us into their lives & living rooms. Humans could learn a great deal from ospreys and nature in general.

      Kevin M Doyle

      1. Hi, Kevin:

        We’re a little short on expertise this week — Jeff DeQuattro is on vacation. I will try to get an answer for you from one of our other migratory bird people. Thanks for your comment.

        1. Great looking forward to your reply. Still nasty in CT rain, thunder, muggy not just osprey weather for humans maybe Friday they say sunny and 80 … will be 1st day in last 11 that we’ve seen the sun. Yesterday 2 tornadoes about 50 miles north of me and the media goes crazy, I guess they missed or forgot the mid-west or for us it’s weather news … well that’s osprey weather in southern England. I see the birds are basking in windy conditions and sun.

          1. Kevin, this from our scientist Jeff DeQuattro, weighing in from his vacation:

            “It definitely is a possibility and if it was a fledgling from another nesting pair, Allie might not reject it, but the dominant juvenile (Ossie or Aubrie) would probably be somewhat aggressive towards it.”

          2. Hi Bob,

            That’s what I thought not being an expert in biology or bird science but having logged close to 1000 hours watching ospreys over the years I believe in 2010 when our pair had 4 chicks I was distracted by a loud roar of piston engines it was a B-29 coming in for landing at the old Sikorsky Airport that built Corsairs for WW-ll … it’s now a civilian airport when I looked back at the nest there were 6 chicks but this was well towards the end of August and the female was long gone never to be seen until the following spring. So possibly these 2 were passing through found a nest and took a break. Also I’ve been told when rouge ospreys pester the new nest, they might have been chicks from the prior year. So 2013 (now) might being seeing chicks from (2011). Not proven but a theory.

  71. I have been so enjoying watching these ospreys! However, Mr Rivers has spoiled things somewhat with the unnecessary comment about Democrats. The Democrat Party is the strong supporter of environmental causes. It is certainly not Republicans. Let’s keep this about nature, please!

    1. Thank you for that response! Haha I thought the same thing. We should keep this site about nature and not get all political…

    2. The Republicans cannot help but show the world what a bunch of jackasses they are.

      1. DITTO!, again. One always shows up. Even in the most

        pristine places.

  72. Did I see 3 chicks earlier? None of them had the solid back of Mom; all were mottled.

  73. Bob,
    Can you give me the address or a landmark for this location?
    I would love pulling it up on mapquest.

    Thanks,
    Robert Bryant

    1. My guess is that the nest is located, on Wilson Blvd near the intersection of State Hwy 180, in Orange Beach, Alabama. I to believe that the camera faces in a North direction.

    1. Thank you, trillium!
      You have added a whole new dimension of interest for me.

      Robert Bryant

  74. Please refrain from profanity. Most adults understand that humans have great variability as individuals. Trying to claim that 50% of the US population is made up of jacka**’s based on one person’s comment is not very open minded.

    Now for my comment, has anyone noticed that one of the birds seems to have fishing line caught on it’s leg? This could be the reason it is not flying. (Not because it’s a Democrat… DOH)

  75. One of the fledglings just landed at 4:05. I don’t know when he left the nest.

  76. and came back a minute later. The other one flew across the nest.

  77. The bird that is flying is making quick passes over the nest. He acts like a big brother teasing a younger sibling, flying over his head.

  78. These babies are mesmerizing – I can’t stop watching (and I’m at work right now). Gorgeous. Saw a crow dive-bomb one of the babies who was alone at the time about an hour ago.

  79. New to this interesting experience. What is the range of the Osprey?

  80. I haven’t seen either parent all day. Is the one left in the nest getting hungry? Looks like he is trying to eat bark.

    1. Birds often gnaw at the twigs and sticks that make up the nest — perfectly normal behavior.

      From what our scientists have told us, the parents will now be trying to coax the kids out of the nest to take flights.

  81. Thanks for sharing this wonderful sit!.
    My family and I have enjoyed watching the babies learning to be independent.
    I was wondering if what I am looking at in the middle of the nest is another bird? I see what looks like lots of feathers.
    I am concerned that one of the babies is not ever going to leave the nest. Is the usual for one to stay behind?
    Thanks again.

    1. That is not another bird — just some feathers.

      As far as we have been able to determine, both birds have made flights out of the nest.

  82. I love that you set this camera up so we get to see this osprey family live, learn and grow! This is a very special way to involve us all with cycles of nature and hopefully help us all put more thought and care into both how we treat our earth and the creatures that depend on it as well as how we can do more to conserve our open spaces. Thanks so much!

    1. Donna I found it at S. Wilson Blvd, Orange Beach, AL. It is a little north of rte 180 where you can see a group of tennis courts. (I think.) I can’t pinpoint the nest, though.

  83. No, any Osprey. In our neighborhood in Montgomery there are about three different raptors that I have though were different species of hawk. I though that the smallest one might possibly be an Osprey but thought that they might be more specific to coastal areas.

  84. 4849 Wilson Blvd, Orange Beach, Alabama. It is at the City Recreational Center.

  85. Mom’s been around, but I haven’t noticed Dad lately. Seems like Allie is doing the fish delivery for the last few days. Maybe I missed Bama?

    1. Carolyn, our scientist Jeff DeQuattro replies:

      Dad is definitely still around. He is hunting almost all day. Now that the chicks are fledging, they will start hunting too and the need for Bama to bring fish to the nest will diminish. Pretty soon neither Allie or Bama will need to provide food for Ossie and Aubrie.

  86. Looks to me like this one baby is too timid yet to fly, though he/she is doing a lot of flapping. I’m concerned mom isn’t feeding enough, as it looks a bit wobbly in the nest. Anyone else make that observation today, or am I just nervous for the little guy?

    1. I’ve been thinking the same thing, Donn…very upsetting, although, I did see him/her take a short flight a little while ago. Now I’m worried whether or not he/she came back!! There is one baby in the nest now, mom brought a fish, and he/she grabbed it like he/she was starving!! :-(

  87. I don’t watch this all the time but my impression is that Bama hasn’t been around since 6/27 or so. Recently I’ve seen Allie drop in with fish. Also, I believe that one of the chicks has not yet fledged. Does anyone have proof that they have both fledged?

  88. I wish it were possible to post a picture in this comment section, but I don’t see how. I could otherwise show you an image of the nesting site, atop a tall pole that resembles a telephone pole, only fatter and taller. There is a large, roughly rectangular platform mounted on top, and you can make out the outrigger/perch that is visible on the left side of the osprey-cam picture. You can see all of this if you go to Google maps and find the address previously indicated by Dave H., then go into street view and, using the osprey-cam image to orient yourself, look up in the proper direction. (And, if someone can tell me how, I’d be happy to post an image here.)

  89. Thanks. You can see a full picture (second one down) by clicking on the link provided by Trillium on June 30 at 2:27 p.m. The second picture in the article shows the tall pole and the nest at top. I’ve tuned in about 50 times today and the little guy/gal is always there – when oh when will s/he fly? Love this webcam. thanks.

  90. I watch quite often and I have never seen the one who stays in the nest leave it. I also notice that when Allie comes with food the stronger one grabs it. I also wonder if the weaker one is getting enough to eat.

    1. Mary, this from our scientist, Jeff DeQuattro: “Normally the first bird to hatch asserts dominance. This bird will get more food, fly first and generally be more aggressive in the nest.”

    1. Made me cry, Barbara..like watching your kids take their first step!! :-)

  91. Oh my goodness! I just saw the lone baby leave the nest!

  92. #2 fledgling just made his first flight at 3:14 PDT. It lasted less than a minute before he landed in the nest again, but then he almost immediately flew off again. He has not yet returned for the second time as I write this, a few minutes later.

  93. #2 (presumably) is back in the nest after a flight of 5 minutes. We got to see a spectacular approach and landing, head on. Most dramatic footage yet.

  94. Now that #2 is a big boy (or girl), having made his first flight(s), he’s ready to fight for the fish with the adult who just brought it home. He’s taken it away and is eating it on his own.

  95. I see two people down int he parking lot, one in red, and one with a white shirt. The one with the white shirt looks like he is filming the nest.

  96. Yes…they’re still there. I assume those brilliant green/white flashes are from photography equipment.

  97. What a day it has been! Fledgling #2’s first flight! We thought it would never happen. What a thrill and the build-up, flapping wings like crazy! But now, where are the two youngsters? And the photographers have scared off the mother with their flashes. Plus the feed is down. This is all very stressful, keeping up with everyone! Enjoyable, but stressful. Now I can’t sleep until I know they are all back and safe tonight.

  98. It was great to see #2 rip that fish out of Allie”s talons and dig in Thank you to everyone who has been a part of making this available. It has been exciting and educational

  99. Yes, it was a day for viewing for sure. And yes, I too am anxious to see the youngsters return a few more times. I have several co-workers now hooked on watching these ospreys.

  100. The green light looked like a laser to me. A camera flash from that distance would not have whited out the camera or scared off the birds. Hope I’m wrong.

  101. Moderator, can you please delete the comments where people have listed the address of the nest? People have disturbed the birds and were really intrusive. Why can’t people just enjoy from afar?

      1. Reminder: Let’s be civil to each other in the comments. We haven’t been heavy-handed with our moderation thus far. This is a wonderful feature, so let’s keep the tone good.

        1. excellent advice, Bob! TOO many people don’t know about nature/birds, what affects them.

  102. My thoughts exactly, Kevin. I don’t get the need to know the exact location. Why can’t we experience it just as we have been via the live feed. It’s a pretty awesome view IMO! I have thoroughly enjoyed watching them. I’ve been very concerned for fledgling #2 as to whether he would ever leave the nest and now that he has, I’m worried he’s not going to come back! My last view before the feed died was Allie returning to the nest and seemingly waiting for her babies to return and then taking off a few minutes later when that didn’t happen.

  103. I, too, saw the mother startled off the nest by the flashes yesterday evening. The link I posted in a previous comment was from the http://www.al.com blog from several months back. It was made public to thousands of Alabama.com readers then, along with pictures showing the exact location. I only discovered this webcam via a Nature Conservancy email, and I live hundreds of miles away.

  104. Folks – why is the feed still out? Did something happen to the birds last night? Did those people do something? It is never a good idea to post locations of animals like this, because not everyone loves them – some people will harm them. What is going on?

    1. The City of Orange Beach tells me this morning they are working with their internet provider to restore the feed.

      The address of the nest has been public for months on the city’s website.

  105. The location of the nest was not a secret. It is available by an internet search and has been published in the local paper.

    1. Yes, but not everyone will take the time to do an independent search. If it’s provided right here, of course lots more folks will see it. I found it more of an adventure to Google Orange Beach and try to find the site based on what I could see from the nest camera. And I was successful, but I didn’t immediately post it.

  106. Well, I certainly have no objection to the deletion of my posts regarding the address. I just thought it was informative to see the nest location in relation to the nearby bodies of water and anyone living in the vicinity already knows the location.

  107. After waiting for chick #2 to leave the nest, I had to miss it when it finally left. I feel so bad about that, but want to thank you for creating many enjoyable hours for this bird loving senior. Will they ever return to the nest or are they now perching in a tree somewhere? I hope your cam comes back on. Thanks again.

      1. Thank you, so much, Bob!! This is one of the most amazing experiences of my lifetime…I know that sounds “corny”, but it really is!! I feel so sorry that people are trying o ruin this amazing experience…maybe they just don’t understand how much this means to some of us, who have nothing else to be happy about. Thank you again!!

  108. 2:45 EST – both babies back in the nest. I was having a pretty bad bout of ’empty nest syndrome’ earlier.

  109. Yes! I’ve also seen both babies today! But has anyone seen Allie? Last time I saw her was last night when a large flash from below (photographers?) scared her away. Then the feed was down. I’m eager to know if she has been spotted! These high flying babies must be plenty hungry, if mom has not been around!

  110. Has anyone seen Allie today? I’ve seen both babies hanging around the nest…#2 looks hungry, not sure why I think this, but I’m a little worried!!

  111. is the camera down agn ?? i’m now an addict – wheres the birds ?? plse get it fixed !!

  112. The babies were starving and Allie dropped off just one little fish ….. not enough food. Ugh!

  113. Allie flew off when the white car , and 2 men were there it was around 9pm (EST) what the heck were they doing, shooting?, you don’t take pics at that time of night…..

  114. An adult (couldn’t tell which one) flew in a little while ago and dropped off a very small fish and then flew off again. #1 grabbed it and wouldn’t let #2 near it, tho #2 is trying to be a little bolder these days. I’m always worrying about him.

    1. Thank goodness..she’s been by a few times, I was starting to worry about #2

  115. Have to say, I’m like others here and worried that #2 isn’t getting enough to eat.

  116. I’m worried, too. #2 always grabs the fish first and won’t share any of it. And now the adults just drop off the fish but don’t monitor who’s eating what. Mom doesn’t put the food into their beaks anymore. I keep thinking “somebody do something!” but I suppose this is just nature.

    1. Definitely worried about #2, she/he seems to be losing energy, not getting anything to eat, so shy, and even when she does get ahold of the fish (before #1 steals it)it’s too tough for her to tear apart…very worried about baby #2!!

  117. I’m worried about baby #2 not getting food…I just can’t watch it anymore. I’m turning off the cam.

  118. have the ospreys left their nest? flown off? on july 4th? to enjoy there wild freedom?

    Flew, Flew, Voló!

  119. Oops. In my comment above, I meant to say that it’s #1 who grabs the food and doesn’t share. NOT baby #2.

  120. Mamma is back on the nest and is feeding both fledglings. It’s as if she has responded to the tongue-lashing that #2 gave her yesterday as #1 hogged the whole fish. But really, everyone, this will work out fine. They are both visibly healthy and only weeks from being independent.

  121. I agree that #2 will be fine. Saw mom come on the scene and helped out with a few fish and #2 seemed to get his/her fill altho #1 is the aggressor and literally dive bombs any available fish.

  122. An empty nest again…#2 hopefully getting stronger. Happy July 4th, fellow osprey watchers!

  123. In a parallel universe some of you are obsessing about the poor fish. Lets relax and enjoy the fact that both birds seem healthy, and remember that life always seems to make some stronger than others. Its only natural.

  124. 9 am this morning (did not have time to post then) momma was feeding one baby and after several minutes of this the other baby pushed their way in and momma started to feed that one.

  125. 7.4.13 5:55p EDT: Both babies being fed by a parent (one first, then the other after it left the nest briefly and returned).

  126. I thought I saw the beginnings of brown spots on #2’s neck? Is it too early to determine the sex of each baby?

  127. Now at 9:15 PM on 7-4-13, parent is feeding both babies AGAIN three hours later! Life is good! Bob, how long before the babies will be able to hunt for their own fish?

    1. Our scientists tell us they are learning to fish from the parents on some of these flights out of the nest — they should be able to do it on their own within a month.

  128. When do the birds sleep and how many hours? I’ve been up past midnight several times and have seen that they are still awake and moving around in the nest. That’s understandable tonight as it’s raining hard and they seem to be holding onto the nest against the wind, but what about a calm night?

  129. So relieved to come home tonight, and read all your comments…guess it’s crazy to worry so much!! Maybe I should take Terry’s advice and start worrying about those poor fish!! LOL Thanks so much everyone, feeling happy!!

  130. Wonderful project and some remarkable birds. I keep this video up in the corner of my screen at work to remind me how simple and beautiful life is when I start to feel overwhelmed with work. Thank you very much for this insight into a Osprey family.

  131. Are the fledglings catching their own fish now. When I opened the live feed about a hour ago, there was a fledgling on the nest with a fresh fish. I don’t know if he brought it to the nest himself or if one of the parents did and had just left. A few minutes before the nest was empty. It has taken more than an hour for him to eat the fish. I’m assuming that is just inexperience.

    After they leave the nest, where do they eat the fish? Do they sleep in trees at night?

    1. Emily, they are still sleeping in the nest at night thus far. I didn’t see the fledgling come in with the fish — maybe someone else watching the stream did and can confirm.

      1. I was unclear in my question. Where do ospreys eat and sleep after they leave the nest permanently? Do they take the fish somewhere relatively flat?

        1. According to the Cornell link I put up earlier in the comments, the birds will eventually go to the Southern Hemisphere for a couple of years before returning roughly to their birth area. Ospreys like to roost in the tallest places around — tall trees. They are rarely on the ground and actually don’t walk very well on it. So, trees and other tall places.

  132. It is certainly humorous to watch the fledgling on the nest now trying to eat the fish. Doesn’t have the technique yet.

  133. Has anyone found a good way of telling the two siblings apart? I usually go by what I perceive to be their slightly different behavior, and I think the “sideburns” on #1 are a little fuller than #2’s. (But when the wind is blowing it’s kinda hard to tell.)

  134. What the heck is wrong with those people in the parking lot…the large woman in the turquoise keeps waving her arms, scaring Allie!! Geeeeez…who is she waving at? UGH!!

  135. Such a sad sight… Allie in the nest all alone, a big chunk of fish under each foot, and getting soaked by the rain… “Empty nest syndrome”… Hopefully the young ones are keeping dry under a tree somewhere. This has been amazing watching this family over the past couple weeks (I found it a bit late).

    Thanks so much for making this available! Could there be the possibility of a live feed of some other wild animals?

    1. We are always on the lookout for other live feeds that help illustrate the importance of conservation. This one is special, given the clarity of the feed and the closeness of the camera.

  136. It’s amazing to watch the less assertive chick/fledgling pester Allie for food when she gets back to the nest. She lands and then flies off again, as if to say “C’mon, ya gotta learn how to fish on your own!” She’s a very devoted mom.

  137. 7-6-13 at 9:21 EDT. Trying not to be alarmed, so can anyone update me? I have not seen a second baby on the nest in over 24 hours. See one baby there now, waiting on dinner, it seems. I have seen a parent & baby earlier today, with fish. Much rain earlier, so poor parent was looking very lonely on the nest, with fish an no one to feed. Will a baby, especially the dominant one, stay away for longer periods, then come back around? I really like to see three in the nest overnight!

  138. Now I’m seeing the July 6 update. Missed it earlier. Good to know this info. I was not sure I saw three in the nest last night and was worried. Now one lonely baby is in the nest as it gets dark. Looking for mom! Everyone head for home!!!

  139. Thanks so much for the update, Richard! Knowing you saw all three in the nest is great news! They certainly come & go often these days, which I know is the goal. I do miss seeing them as much. Thanks again!

  140. Around 9ish a.m. Atlanta time the less dominant baby made an awkward landing into the nest, joining Allie and its sibling (which was tackling a fish). Shortly afterward Allie took off and came back not long after with a fish (good mom!). The less dominant baby must have been quite hungry because he ran right over to the fish. Now, an hour and a half later it’s just Allie in the nest getting soaked through. They look so dejected when it’s raining. I think I am feeling the empty nest syndrome too.

  141. There has been no camera for several hours, but I’ve found another sight to view the nest. Would rather have this site with the comments and answers, though!

  142. bird came to nest at about 7:55 am cdt then another came with a fish a minute later then left.

    I’m guessing that was a parent. cool stuff. thanks for sharing.

  143. Both youngsters were in the nest together yesterday morning. All seemed well.

  144. Have you discontinued viewing from this camera? I have had no picture for about 18 hours. So sad!!

    1. Barb-I have not had any camera feed interruption at all. Wonder if there is a problem on your end?

  145. have the ospreys fully fledged? will they still be coming back to the nest?

    1. They have been returning so far. It looks as if they are spending more and more time out of the nest, though.

  146. Both fledglings on nest. A parent flew to nest and immediately flew away. Whatever message she was trying to give was ignored by both teenagers.

  147. After over 50 years of working on it, it is is very humbling to find an entire family better than me at fishing–while only using their feet.

  148. There are three fledglings in the nest!! Totally stumped….three birds who all look alike, not Allie! Is one of them from another nest? Any idea?

  149. We watch “the kids” every day now that we found the CamNest. It is so much fun! Seems like everyone is spending lots of time outside the nest, though. Thanks for providing this valuable source of natural information, education, and entertainment?

  150. Do you have any photos of the babies when they were babies you could post? I didn’t discover the cam until about a week before the first bird fledged. It appears that many of us were “late” finding this wonderful entertainment. I have seen them a lot at the nest today but yesterday hardly at all. Once today, one bird was there with just a few feathers showing as s/he stood for a while on the metal in the top left corner – I saw the bird fly up there or I never would have noticed it.

  151. The last few days have been interesting! Thought I was imagining things last night when the three fledglings were on the nest. Who delivered the fish? A parent? Dominant fledgling has been terrorizing the parent who brings fish. I assume Allie? Now it seems that she drops off dinner on the fly and does not land, to avoid the fight! Guess it’s normal for the child to attack the parent who brings the food? Even though dominant child can fish, apparently, still seems to wait on parent to bring food. And, only one fledgling sleeping in the nest these past couple of nights? I’ve only seen one, but may have missed later arrivals. All fascinating to observe! Thanks for this! So many questions.

  152. Will the parents migrate this fall? I feel like we see osprey all year round on the panhandle?

  153. Fascinating tug of war going on! The one with the fish keeping its wings hunched around protectively while the other one tries to nab the end of the fish from behind! Then the one with the fish (not sure which one it is) moved to the edge of the nest to get away and I thought for a moment the fish was going to be dropped over the side!

    1. I happened to catch that drama! Allie dropped off the fish without landing and the two were pretty even for awhile in the tug of war. The one who got it finally almost went “dead” and hovered over the fish for the longest time. Not moving an inch (or even eating). Allie later landed and saw that #2 had started eating after grabbing the fish away. #2 is getting more & more forceful. So interesting to watch this osprey behavior.

  154. Is this one parent feeding the other? There does not seem to be any animosity. Doesn’t it seem to take a long time for one bird to eat a fish?

  155. I have been watching for the past 3 weeks. Just love seeing the youngsters grow up. Fascinating to watch the parents take such tender care of their kids. Wonderful to see the kids exercise and then fledge. Know its not possible, but would love to see them learn to hunt. Really appreciate this site being open, the expense and work that went into creating the platform was something. I have loved watching birds for more than 15 years actively and my whole life as mere observer. This has been a real treat. I have spent countless hours watching, and just having the feed on in the background. Again, thanks for providing this.

  156. Does anyone know what that lump is in the upper right portion of the nest? It almost looks like a dead duck, but I thought osprey only eat fish?

  157. It’s awesome to go to see this web page and reading the views of all friends about this article, while I am also keen of getting know-how.

  158. A fledgling has been hanging out in the nest most of the day, eyes closing a lot. I’m worried it is not well.

    1. I saw #2 there last nite for quite a while until it finally flew away. Then, again today on and off. It looks as tho it was waiting for mom to appear but I haven’t seen her for days. Not sure if she comes back to the nest anymore. Was wondering if #2 was getting much to eat — I sure hope but don’t think #2 is ready to leave the nest.

  159. I saw mom bring a fish today to #2, at least that is what it seemed. Quick drop off. #2 few away with it to eat elsewhere. Maybe afraid another (#1?) would try to eat it. It’s tough to figure out what’s going on now. I think that is the picture!

    1. Glad to hear mom was around to drop off fish; guess I missed that. Hope #2 ups its fishing techniques to stay healthy and not rely on mom so much. #2 always looks rather forlorn and I do feel a little sad to see it just sitting there. Well, they’re all different I’m sure and some just take longer than others.

      1. Yes, both #1 and #2 are in the nest now. The one I call #1 is larger and lighter in color, is hovering over a fish; #2 is trying to inch over. I worry about this little guy – it pants a lot, eyes close often and lies down as well. I certainly hope someone will intervene and help it if it seems in any greater distress.

        1. I agree with Donn and Chloe, Little Aubrie does seem distressed, quite often…she doesn’t seem ready for mom to turn her loose to fish on her own, and it does seem that Ossie is taking her food, I worry about her Very much!! I realize that it’s nature, survival of the fittest and all that…but, I’ve become very attached to her, and would really love to see her thrive, survive, have a good life!!

  160. Both fledglings are in the nest this morning. One is grooming and the other is chirping for someone. Just like human babies, some take longer to sit up, walk, and grow up.

  161. I tried to delete my previous comment. Actually one is eating a fish and the other wants some, but isn’t allowed a bite. That is why he is chirping loudly.

    1. The nest is empty now so hopefully #2 is out there fishing and is successful. I’d love to see #2 with a yummy fish in the nest without #1 making any moves on it. Meanwhile, hope mom hangs around to make sure all goes well.

        1. That’s great news! Hope mom is taking #2 literally under her wing and steering her to the best fishing spots for a quick lesson. The parents will be migrating soon enough and both fledglings will have to be self-sufficient. Still not sure #2 will be ready….

          1. Do the ospreys on the Gulf Coast migrate? Different charts I have looked at indicate this area has osprey all year round. I am looking at different osprey cams around the country and most commentators say that the father migrates last after all the chicks are self-sufficient. Some fledglings do take longer than others, causing migration to be delayed. I am not sure if all I have read is correct, so perhaps someone can verify.

  162. one of the youngsters just brought in a pretty large fish
    it’s pretty great to see success!!

  163. Aubrie(No.2) in nest alone hoping Mom will arrive with a free supper. Daughters, like my own, never seem to get off Mom and Dad’s payroll.

  164. Isn’t it the saddest thing to see Aubrie there all alone so often! I have seen Aubrie eating fish several times today. Not sure if mom dropped off or Aubrie is fishing now. Hoping for the fishing on own thing. Info on this site has said ospreys are social, so I am thinking Aubrie must be one lonely little osprey! I guess it is normal for mom to stay away all of the time, but sad nevertheless.

    1. Poor lonely girl!! She cry’s and cry’s or mom…it really is sad!!

  165. Aubrie has a very nice flounder for lunch yesterday and ate the whole thing! Enjoyed watching her work so hard until she got every last drop of it.

  166. Thanks for the update Pat. I’ve not seen Aubrie for several days, and am glad people have posted that she is catching her own fish now.

    1. Thank you for this site. The 2 babies were trying to flap
      their wings while Mom is watching. Then Dad flew in with
      a branch. Will not be long. Hope the Parents will be there to guide them to safety. Aubrie is in the nest now.

  167. Fantastic new site, Chris. It has sound too. Have to say, our Alabama osprey much handsomer than their Yankee cousins. But ain’t that always the case?

  168. Yeah Terry, they are fine until they have to go to school. Then the rankings of Alabama education come into play and pity those poor osprey :).

    1. Yes, I’ve been watching the osprey cam in Maine for a while and understand the little ones will be fledging by end of July or early August. It’ll be a little like instant replay after watching this cam but will be fun to follow their progress. The parents are Rachel and Steve and Rachel is forever the doting mom. Steve literally fishes his tail off supplying a ton of fish. The youngsters are Mabel and Tory and seem anxious to “lift off” very soon.

  169. I don’t know Richard. I expect that there isn’t a school in Alabama that wouldn’t leave your rust belt schools in the dust, e.g. Detroit. But anyway, you apparently agree on the beauty comparison so “y’all come to see us now, ya hear?!”.

    1. Gee whiz Terry, every survey I have ever seen about education shows that Alabama ranks in the bottom five in every educational category.
      But glad you are proud of that!!

    1. Yes, Emily, I’ve also been watching cute little Hope. He/she is a feisty little thing and seems to be doing well. This is the first time I’ve been looking in on this cam and it’s a nice diversion from the ospreys but I still enjoy the ospreys the most.

  170. Richard, what a Debbie Downer you are.

    Yes,I am very proud of Alabama. Even the least of us enjoy a place of endless natural wonder; hospitable people; and,opportunity to better one’s station. That may be a reason all the Northern people (with better test scores?) are moving here. Anyway, Southerners are better looking and that’s the main thing, right? Let’s get back to the birds.

  171. There is quite a healthy looking osprey on the nest right now, chirping rather rigorously. There is no fish in the nest.

  172. 8:04 p.m. EST – Aubrie is in the nest. Alone. No food. Chirping. Come on, mama – bring her a fish!

  173. 7:20 a.m. EST – Aubrie alone in nest again. Hungry and calling for mom.

  174. 12:46 pm EST – Aubrie in nest alone, still. I’ve not been able to look since my last post of this morning, so I don’t know if she has eaten. Does anyone know?

  175. One in the nest, probably Aubrie. She just took off because it is pouring rain.

  176. I am just so heartbroken for her, she is all alone, crying for mom to bring her some food…it’s so sad, poor little thing. I know this is nature, but it doesn’t make it any less upsetting!!

    1. She just flew away but did see her recently with a few fish which she ate and I assume she caught them herself. I’m wondering if mom is still around or has taken off and also I never see the other chick. I understand dad will stay behind to assist the last one in the nest since mom leaves first. It is interesting that they don’t fly together and the chicks find their way strictly on instinct. Not sure if their destination is the Caribbean, possibly Cuba or beyond. The northern ospreys usually fly to South America during their migration. Maybe someone knows their migratory habits?

      1. I’m wondering if the ospreys on the Gulf coast actually migrate since all the info I have found indicates that osprey are in these areas year round. The question is do these birds migrate and, if so, do other birds from the north take their place during the winter months. I have asked this previously, so hopefully someone will read your comment and mine and answer this time.

  177. I did see, briefly, two fledglings on the nest earlier tonight. I assume our two, though one could have been the visitor fledgling. Both left, as no fish arrived.

  178. I suspect the bird that stays in the nest, chirping loudly, is not going to make it. He should be looking for fish at this point instead of waiting for food in the middle of the day.

  179. 12:28 p.m. Aubrie back in nest alone. Calling almost constantly. Lying down & standing, and seems wobbly. She keeps picking at the sticks in the nest. PLEASE – won’t someone step in to help her???

    1. No one is going to intervene with a natural process. This happens in the wild all the time, but without cameras present. The only time humans will intervene is if the problem is human caused, such as plastic or twine that causes a problem. This link will help a little in understand the thinking of naturalist: http://cas.umt.edu/geosciences/osprey/FAQ.php

  180. Aubrie still in nest. Intruder tried to land but she spread her wings in a defensive posture to scare it away. She looks good so apparently is getting enough to eat.

    1. S(he) has been in the nest all morning, calling constantly. I suspect the parents want a little more diligent practice from the little one and hunger might provide the impetus.

  181. Please- someone step in to help Aubrie. I’ve been watching her for 20 minutes – she is calling incessantly, is wobbly and her eyes keep closing. She needs someone to intervene on her behalf. I am not a believer in letting nature take its course; we are all part of nature and if we see something like this, then it is our obligation to HELP.

      1. I totally understand what the link is saying, Emily….it’s still really hard to watch, to become so invested in these little ones, and watch them fail…I have to go against logic here, and agree with Donn. Poor little girl, she needs some help!! She sits alone so long, crying for mom, she looks so weak, it’s breaks my heart!! Ossie will appear in the nest with a fish and doesn’t share…it’s just making me sick!! Sad!!

        1. I just saw her in the nest again and she looks well fed to me. I think it’s separation anxiety as far as the nest is concerned since she does seem to come back often. She chirped a little and left so wasn’t there long. I think she’s doing well but is hoping mom will come by with a fish which I doubt will happen. At this stage, she should really be very independent and able to survive on her own. Let’s hope it happens so we can all relax.

          1. Emily, I did read that link and was surprised only about 50% survive — a real eye-opener but in nature, guess you don’t get any second chances.

        2. I’m curious as to what y’all what someone to do? The bird looks well-fed and neat. She doesn’t look ill. Do you want someone to climb up each day to feed her? How will that help her in the long run? I don’t mean to be harsh, but I don’t see any need for intervention. I observe other osprey cams and the oldest bird always takes control. The younger ones get fed and cared for by the parents while they are on the nest. I’m sure they are cared for after they leave the nest. We just can’t see it, so it leaves us unsettled.

          1. I agree, Emily, there can’t be any intervention since some will survive and others won’t. I’m not concerned about her since she seems to be holding her own altho does like to be in the nest. Hopefully, she’ll joins the flocks of migrating birds and we’ll see her back with her own nest in a few years.

          2. Unfortunately, they don’t tag or chip them here, do they? So I guess we will never know if she returns. I am not even sure the Gulf ospreys migrate, so we might see this bird in the nest in the winter time!

  182. Pretty sure that was dad who just dropped off a fish to Aubrie, definitely not Allie!! She grabbed it and flew off, probably hoping to eat it in peace!! Now THAT makes me happy!!

  183. Strange! Aubrie waited & waited for a fish. Mom dropped one off, Aubrie grabbed it eagerly. Then looked around and flew away, leaving the fish behind. Maybe wanted to follow mom? Lonely and not hungry?

  184. In case the concerned viewers missed it, About 7:45 EST Aubrie was in the nest when Mom dropped off a fish. Aubrie promptly grabbed it and flew off to eat it in a private location. Dinner, anyway.

  185. I think it’s easy for each of us to accept that in nature the fittest, strongest, and most competent do survive…that there is a large mortality percentage in the Osprey young…but, we don’t witness that, we don’t become invested in every one, perhaps we are happy not to know….in this case, many of us are invested, we do care very much about little Aubrie and her future, we do have high hopes for her, and we pray for her survival. Maybe it seems silly or unrealistic, but watching her day after day has made her a part of us…I guess if I could, if I was there, if I had the resources, I actually would climb up there and feed her everyday.

  186. Good news! At 1:09 PM PST Parent dropped off fish to Aubrie (I’m pretty sure) who just flew away with it. Appears that Ossie, is remaining in the nest alone now.

    1. Oh, maybe I was wrong…anyway, happy that both are eating something right now!!

  187. And at 1:25 PM PST, parent dropped off fish to Ossie previously left in the nest. Conclusion, both fledglings eating at this time.

    1. ….who also left the nest with fish as I was typing earlier. Lots going on when they do return to the nest!

  188. Mom or Dad to the rescue with a fish for Aubrie…she took it with her and left the nest to eat in peace!! :-)

    1. oops got my names mixed up on my two earlier messages. sorry folks. I meant the fledglings….

  189. Both kids in the nest for over an hour, hollering for mom!! What the heck!!

  190. I am still interested. It seems that the camera is off-line. Could the commentator please make a comment? Are we at the end of watching this osprey family’s progress?

    1. Hi, Vanessa:

      We’ve been informed by the city that the camera will be going offline on July 31, as the kids are basically not spending much time in the nest anymore.

      1. I just saw the little one in the nest alone and she suddenly took off with part of a fish hanging onto her talons. She seems to be getting food just fine and I’ll miss seeing this osprey family. I hope for a safe journey for the fledglings and looking forward to seeing the parents back next year. I’ve really enjoyed participating in the comments and viewing the web cam and feel I’ve gained a new insight and knowledge into these wonderful creatures.

  191. So sad that they’ll be shutting this down, there’s still so much going on with little Aubry. I guess we’ll just be left to wonder about her fate, which seems cruel after all the hours we’ve watched, waited, and worried about her. This has been a wonderful experience, and I have treasured every second of this journey…I just feel like it’s not over, and shouldn’t be considered as such!!

  192. I just wrote to the city of Orange Beach, and asked them to PLEASE reconsider turning his camera off. I, like many of you, have become very invested in this Osprey family, most especially, little Aubrie. I do realize that many Osprey do not survive their first year, but I am hoping and praying that she will start fishing on her own, and become more self sufficient as each day passes. Right now, dad is still around, bringing her fish…hoping that means that he hasn’t given up on her.
    I would like to keep watching…just for a few more weeks, keeping those positive thoughts and prayers flowing to this little one!! Hope that some of you are with me, and will agree on the importance of seeing this through!!

    1. I, too, wish they would give us a little more viewing time! Good for Loralee and contacting Orange Beach! After so many days of watching this family grow, it will be crushing to not be able to check in around dinner time (and other) to see the latest! Orange Beach-Please continue! Such a joy and an education also! We love this cam!

      1. Thank you, Leslie!! They told me that they would contact the members of the committee to decide these things and let me know…I’m keeping my fingers crossed!!
        I haven’t seen Allie for a while, but I see Aubrie everyday and Bama has been bringing her fish….so, they are still around. I guess the ultimate happiness would be to see Aubrie bringing her own fish back to the nest and eating it…that way we would know that she is capable of surviving, maybe these are “pie in the sky” hopes, as she doesn’t eat the fish her daddy brings in the nest, but takes them off to a secret eating location. Anyway, I think there are a few of us who are really invested in this Osprey family, and would love to see a very happy ending for this little one!! Hard to fail with so many people praying, and sending positive thoughts out to her….I’d like to continue!!

  193. I assume it is Aubrie who is in the nest right now. Not
    sure if she is crying or panting, since I do not have sound. One of the babies from the Web Site in Maine has
    flown, but mommy is still there. Hope it returns with food.

  194. Bob…
    Honestly, do you think I’m being unrealistic in my optimism that Aubrie will survive? She is in the nest several times every day, “hollering” for food, which Bama is providing. Does this mean that she is unable to fish on her own?
    Maybe I have become too invested in her, maybe I’m not seeing things clearly, maybe I’m neglecting to see her as a wild animal who may or may not be able to survive in her world. I keep hoping that she is, in fact, fishing and maybe just not getting enough to eat, that she will get stronger and become more self sufficient as the days go by.
    Can you give me your honest opinion, I would so appreciate it.
    Loralee

  195. Once again…Dad to the rescue for little Aubrie!! A nice fish for her dinner!!

  196. It would be nice if the commentator could please give us a general update on what to expect moving forward in time, especially if the camera is disabled.

  197. Totally in shock this morning!! Wow!! Very upset, very angry, very offended!! Wishing little Aubrie all the positive thoughts I can send!!

  198. Awwww….there she is!! Little Aubrie on the nest!!
    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, City of Orange Beach for bringing the camera back on line!!

  199. Cool to see the cam up and running tonight! Hope it will continue for awhile! I was so sad to think of no more sightings of the osprey family after all of these many days!

  200. Well, had a brief look a Aubrie on the nest, wrote my post and now the cam is down again. Is this the end? PLEASE CONTINUE, City of Orange Beach. What good publicity for your city to have this cam there. Don’t stop and lose this exposure and good will!

    1. I agree, Leslie!! I think the city folks are pretty sure that I’m a “loon”, as I e-mailed them and asked them not to turn off the camera, with Aubrie still there so much…then told them how upset I was when they did have it turned off. I’m not a nut, just so interested in Aubrie and her progress!! Hoping for the best. The camera has been on and off all day, hoping tomorrow it will be more on than off!! :-)

      1. Loralee, you are not a loon, you are a MOM. I feel the same
        way and have been so hooked on this family. I pray that they all will make it and be well. Cam is up again. Nest
        is empty. Hope I do see them one more time before they are
        on their own. Am watching the cam in Maine. Both babies
        were gone yesterday, but now their is one in the nest.

          1. Thank you, Patty!! I don’t think I’ll get involved with the Osprey’s in Maine, I think this has taught me a lesson…I really have cared so much, especially about little Aubrie, I’ve applauded her accomplishments, and cried about her failures, I am so touched by her unfolding story, and to just be left with the image of her alone and yelling for food, is heartbreaking. I really did think that the city of Orange Beach would understand how important she has become to many of us, and rethink their decision to turn off the camera….for some reason I thought they would think it was important for them, as well as for all of us to see this family through to migration, or whatever the end may bring. My hope is that little Aubrie will continue to be strong, that Bama will continue to bring her fish, and encourage her to venture out and learn to survive on her own. But, I guess the Orange Beach “Powers that be” have decided that this isn’t really an important, relevant issue, and they just don’t care about this small request….which seems very sad, very uncaring, and very small minded, to me.
            Yes, Patty…a MOM!! Just like you and many others watching this family. I really appreciate your comment and your support!! Have a great day!! Loralee

  201. She is in the next right now (9:25 a.m. PDT)
    and looks to be calling out. thanks for keeping this stream live at least for now. I have so enjoyed this osprey journey. Thanks.

  202. Either Allie or Bama just did a fly by….Aubrie was throwing a fit, but she followed them! Hope she’s going out to learn some fishing skills!!

  203. It is 3:20 PM on Friday and Aubrie is in the nest. May be
    waiting for Mommy.

    1. She got so upset a little while ago….hoping Mom or Dad come around to feed her!! Poor little waif!! :-)

  204. I’ve been checking in all day and finally at 1:49 PM PST Aubrie in the nest preening.

  205. and as I was typing, bird flew away with fish. Sounds like a children’s book!

    1. Very nice, Vanessa!! So happy to hear that she is being taken care of….I am truly a worry wart!!

  206. 5 August: One of the young guys noted at the nest today. They seem to be very vocal. Can we look forward to an audio hookup next year ?

  207. Aubrie on the nest most of the afternoon, I saw Bama come with a fish at one point. Most of the time she just looks around and watches the world go by. She is not planning on leaving home!!

  208. It seems to me that our little girl is growing up, and maybe moving out!! Aubrie seemed destined to stay at home forever, being catered to by Bama. Over the weekend I was getting a little worried, and wondering if my request that this web cam be continued was bad, for all of us watching, I was worried that maybe she would be one of the 50% who don’t make it, and that we would all be witness to her demise. But, now I feel very optimistic, I think she is a little fighter, and that she is out and about learning to fish and be an adult. I’ve so enjoyed watching this family grow up, gotten so involved in their day to day lives, and really gained an appreciation that I never had for nature, for the environment, and for living creatures not often thought about. This has been an eye opening, wonderful, scary, awesome, worrisome, amazing experience for me….and I am so appreciative!! Very grateful to all who made this possible, and very determined to stay involved and support the Nature Conservancy.

    1. Loralee – You took the words right out of my mouth. I could
      not have said it better. I have enjoyed this so much and have watched and worried hoping that they will make it on
      their own. We can only pray and hope that they do. I am
      now watching a nest in Maine. They have flown but do come
      back for a short time. Seem to be doing okay. Thank You
      All Who Have Made This Possible. And Thank You to the fans
      who have been watching.

  209. I will check the website again tomorrow just in case, but tonight at this hour, it is empty. Thanks to all of you who are still checking in with this osprey family. I look forward to next year as well!

  210. Fair winds, following seas and safe journey for this wonderful osprey family and looking forward to seeing them in the future to begin another new adventure. Until then… Aloha.

        1. Loralee, thanks for your nice comment and know we’ll all be anxiously looking forward to some new and exciting events next year will bring. Now that I’m an ardent osprey fan, I don’t want to miss any of it.

  211. I saw it too, Vanessa! It was bigger than a screech owl though. How interesting to still see what’s going on in the nest!!!

  212. Really?? Wow!! Wish I had seen that…very cool to still be able to see what’s happening in the nest.