Hey all…I actually spoke to the hotel on the phone: the beach cam was struck by lightning! They’re replacing both, but it’ll take a few weeks.
.Hi! can anyone tell me when they start breeding? I live on East coast FL., but have been watching nest on Hog Island Maine- now EMPTY….8-(
Thank you for the update, hope to see the beach soon!
AM I THE ONLY ONE CHECKING OSPREY AND BEACH CAMERAS ????
No I have been checking also!
I also watch and really miss the beach cam. I watch the Osprey cam during breeding season and the beach cam all year. Love to watch the weddings and sunsets. Please bring it back.
Have you stopped using the beach & osprey cameras ???
Can’t get either Osprey or Beach cameras … why?
Has the baby left the nest for good?
It comes and goes. He or she is there now. Just one baby?
No, but it takes flight from time to time. It’s perched, now, on the edge…in the dark.
She seems to be spending more time away from the nest in the mornings and then coming back later on in the day.
3:30 PM He is back.
Great to see it take off and land several times, and the shadow of its mom on the sand..
I never see the chick fly … does it ever leave the nest ???
I got a picture of the chick flying, wish there was the ability to attach the photo to the message.
Just saw the baby fly off the nest for a short flight!! Yeah!!
Has anyone watched him catch his own fish or does Mom still bring it to the nest?
I saw it fly today and it was not the first flight. next it will be hunting for food. this was a wonderful experience . watching the two eggs hatch and now the survivor has fledged. thank You Pink Shell for giving all of us this wonderful experience.
I’ve been watching pretty regularly and I don’t think the “chick” has fledged yet!! Should be very soon though!!
Why does the view refresh so often … something interesting could happen while it is refreshing and we would miss it ????
After this young one leaves the nest why not turn off the light so the birds have a more natural life – daylight and darkness?
I am pretty sure they are using infrared lights and birds cannot see infrared (IR) so the IR illuminator does not disturb them.
Currently at pinkshell on vacation. Saw the baby osprey up close and personal. Much larger than it appears in video. Baby osprey was making a lot of noise and sitting on edge of nest. Really cool to see in real time after watching the video for so long
???? please flip the image it’s backward !!!!!!!!!
May 5, 7:20 am, Baby Osprey flew out of the nest!!! So glad I go to see it
So cool, I missed it, but am watching close now.
Since the baby was hatched the first week of March, fledging should be some time the first week in May or so. Then it will be learning from Mom and Dad how to catch his own lunch and soon be on his own.
Unlike the eaglets, their are no branches so his first flight will be quite an adventure. E4 was 100 days old, I wonder if it is the same amount of time for Ospreys
Are the two Ospreys hanging out in the nest the parents or one parent and child. The Osprey with all dark feathers comes and goes from the nest while the other, with white tipped feathers seems to stay put. Is the latter the baby?
That’s the baby, who is as big as his momma and papa right now. It will make so much noise begging for food. I pass by the nest location most mornings and the baby is a noisy one:) Not sure how long til it fledges.
The last few days, baby has been sitting at the edge of the nest and flapping his wings. He/she is not far from flying now! He/she is getting so big, he’s not much smaller than mom and dad.
I have not seen the mother and father in a few days, Does any one know what happened?
Just seen one of them. ……… This pic is up side down!!!!!!!The dock is on the left.
Parents have been there. One is there right now, with a fish. All is fine.
Oh good I was really worried!
Does the “Baby” have a name?
It was really windy here for a while, before it started to rain. I thought the cam would be off
The Osprey Cam is back up. We thank you all for your understanding as we worked to repair the transmitter that was shifted during the strong winds. It has been secured and the signal is strong. We’ve missed seeing the Ospreys, and wow, the chick has really grown! Enjoy your day!
Thank you. Wonderful to see the nest again.
It is great to watch the Osprey nest but sending someone up to the nest to fix the camera might scare the parents away which would be a shame. You said when they fixed it last time it really stressed them out. I hope your decision is for the Ospreys. Thank you
I miss the birds ):
I miss them too! Recently, I have had the Osprey Cam on one of my computer screens at work all day everyday. Can’t wait to see them again.
We have been experiencing some severe wind and thunderstorms on the beach, which is the cause of the connectivity issues of our Osprey Cam. We have placed a work order with the repair company and hope to have the cam operating again very soon. Thank you for your understanding.
Any idea when the camera will be up and running again? Really miss the birds.
Is it just me or is the camera out again?
I haven’t been able to see anything for the last couple of days. Hopefully, the cam will be working again soon.
I am missing watching, too. That little one is getting to be a beauty. It has been quite a journey to watch. Thanks again Pink Shell for the opportunity to follow this Osprey family.
Has anyone ever seen both Ricky and Lucy in the nest at the same time? I have always assumed the parent was the mom and that ricky is constantly out getting the next meal. But, i’m not an osprey expert so identifying the male vs female is not my expertise.
I have seen both parents on the nest at the same time now and again.
I have just resumed watching. I couldn’t bring myself to “visit” while the body of the poor little one was lying there. Although saddened by the recent events, I am anticipating that watching the surviving chick thrive and develop will be enjoyable and endlessly entertaining. I can’t believe how much he/she(?) has grown!
Did the parents remove the body of the dead chick? It was there yesterday. Does anyone know what took place? It is much easier to watch now that the body has been removed.
The dead chick is still there, unfortunately. I am hesitant to tell you where it is since you seem to be enjoying watching without having to see the deceased chick…..Joy
I see the chick off to the right hand side with the larger branches are!
Can’t wait to see where this is all taking place when I and my family come in next week. My 6 and 3 year old kids have enjoyed checking on them and will be excited to see it there!
I have seen many very small Osprey survive the bully tactics from older chicks in the nest. The Friends nest in NJ was one and Chesapeake Bay was another and also Alcoa. So the younger and smaller can survive. As for the Eagle nest the larger eaglet died and the smaller, picked on one is surviving.
The osprey cam hesitates for long periods of time. Does everyone experience this problem?
I am having the same problem.
Thank you, I appreciated your reply.
Thank you for responding. The delays must be a quirk of the camera.
We are saddened by the events that have recently occurred concerning the smallest baby Osprey. While we would have liked to have offered assistance, the Osprey is a protected species. By state and federal laws, human interference in the care and feeding of nesting Ospreys is prohibited, even by wildlife and rescue organizations. While it has been difficult to see these acts of nature, we look forward to watching the remaining chick grow and develop and reach the next milestones.
Very sad news. I, too, had to stop watching for a while, as I had also just gone through this bullying at the SWFL Eagle cam. So sorry for this outcome.
Beautifully written. Thank you
Thank you for your explanation.
It’s a shame that no one was able to help the little bird. Some might say it is just nature, but providing a man-made item to encourage nesting and having a camera available to watch 24/7 makes me believe that there should have been some human responsibility to try to save the little one.
I totally agree with you.
And I am endlessly sad that the baby is gone and what reason for.
Does anyone know if the parents will remove the smaller chick from the nest? It will be easier to watch the remaining chick thrive without the reminder of nature’s cruelty. I feel very sad about the loss.
It is doubtful that a parent will remove the remains of the chick. It will just become part of the nest. As to humans being responsible for rescuing the chick, just because the nest structure is man made and there is a live camera, humans do not interfere with the actions on the nest. We are not forced to watch the sometimes cruel acts of nature. If it is too hard to see, simply do not watch it. An easy click of the mouse will turn it off. We have to accept the bad along with the good and learn the hard lessons of nature. That doesn’t mean I like it any better than the next person. It just is what it is.
It is heartbreaking to watch the older sibling beat up on the younger one…This same thing happened to the SWFL eaglets…The older eaglet was so much larger then his sibling because he got the larger share of food…That was also very difficult to watch…The mods who monitor the chat rooms said that this is nature and humans usually will never intervene…I guess I can understand that, just so hard to watch!!! If he survives it will make him stronger!!!
I feel very sad this morning. I haven’t been watching because I could not bear the abuse the little one was getting. yesterday he looked fine and today he is gone. life sure can be cruel. Sore high baby Osprey.
have been away for awhile. thanks again pink shell for the camera! just wondering – is the little guy getting any food from the mom? he looks so much smaller than the other one. thanks all!
The little guy got some food yesterday but I think unfortunately, it’s not going to be enough. He’s not strong enough to fight for his share and Mom is not interested in a mouth that doesn’t approach her first. What the big sibling doesn’t eat goes to Mom. Haven’t seen the little one move at all in awhile now. Sad!
It doesn’t seem the male brings much fish to the nest. Is there too much competition & not enough fish around? Still waiting to see if the little one gets anything tonight but it does not look promising. Any response from someone who lives around the nest would be appreciated.
My heart is also breaking watching the smaller one seeming to die. It was possible to repair the camera, is it not possible to rescue the baby? I know the suncoast seabird sanctuary in Clearwater Beach, can’t anybody bring it to an institute like that? Please help – I would do, but I am too far away.
I saw the baby get fed last night but nothing this morning. The bigger baby kept the smaller one away & then the mom ate the rest of the fish. Has anyone seen the baby being fed today? If not I may have a hard time watching anymore. I can’t watch 24/7 so I’m hoping I just missed the small one eating.
Why doesn’t someone rescue that little bird? It is definitely not getting enough to eat and is picked on by it’s sibling.
I know this is nature, but I am heartbroken to watch the bigger sibling attack the little one when the adult is feeding. It’s vicious! I’m afraid the little guy may not survive this.
Yes it is hard to watch this, sometimes sadly one sibling dies. More often the smaller one learns how to avoid the bullying and survives. I have not seen the bullying here but on other nests I have. It is survival of the fittest sadly, we humans do not like to see it.
I am having the same problem with the viewing.
I enjoy watching this so much!
Thank you for making this possible
Tim from Indiana
We are having some pretty strong winds and some storms moving in, could be affecting the camera.
Is anyone else having problems viewing this? Only the upper left hand portion of the picture is showing….the docks. There is some “ghosting” in the middle, but no definition.
I’m having same problem. No picture – just the marina in top left as stated. Hope the little one is holding his own.
I have heard of this happening with eagle chicks. Not sure if it’s the same with ospreys. Hope they both thrive….
The older of the two chicks seems to have become extremely agressive with the smaller one. Does anyone know if this is normal? Should we be prepared for only one to survive?
There will always be a “pecking order” with the chicks. The youngest will have to learn this and if there is enough food supply, will figure out a way to survive. Usually the youngest chick has to wait for the oldest to get his fill, then the youngest gets to eat. There have been cases of siblicide, which is when there is not enough food, it’s usually the oldest chick that will not allow the youngest to eat. I hope this does not happen, but I have seen it before with ospreys. The parent birds do not stop the actions, they just put food into whatever mouth is there asking for it.
It’s back up. Sorry for the alarm……
The first time I saw an attack I thought the one being attacked had been killed, it was so quiet for so long. But finally it jumped up, none the worse for wear. The one being attacked will go into submission, which some call “Playing Dead”, and is total surrender.
Can someone let us know if the cam is down again. Seems I cannot connect this morning….. Thank you
The third egg sadly did not make it. The adult Ospreys removed it from the nest yesterday afternoon.
We’ve been watching the ospreys at Bowditch for many years on our vacations in Fort Myers Beach, but only from ground level. What a privilege and pleasure it is to observe them in such detail. Fascinating. Thank you so much!
Does anyone know what happened to the 3rd egg. I don’t see in the nest today? Many thanks,
Great to see the babies moving around while mom watches over them.
Mother is still sitting on the egg, maybe she knows something that we don’t. Just hoping all is wll
Thank you for repairing the osprey cam. Hoping the third egg is still viable. Looking forward to watching (from Canada) the babies grow up and take flight. Thanks again.
Thank you for the cam in operation again. I see the third egg has not hatched, could their be a problem. anyone an expert that knows what is going on.
Not an expert here, but it’s been too many days (I think), so I’d say it’s probably non-viable.
Great to have it back on…not too promising for unhatched chick, is it?
No, I guess it’s non-viable.
The Osprey Cam is now operating. We have missed seeing them as much as you have! The chicks just finished eating and are now taking at nap.
thank you,cam is working,I can watch the birds again,still 1 egg to go
I’m at the Pink Shell now and am watching the technicians in the bucket truck up at the nest. Mom and Dad Osprey are frantically flying around it!!!
I’m sorry you had to stress out the parents to fix the webcam. I hope they stay with the nest
We want to thank everyone for their patience as we work through connection issues with the Osprey Cam. At 10AM, we have a technician arriving to hopefully fix the problem. We believe the Ospreys have been using the cam as a perch and in doing so, moved the cam in such a way that it is unable to pick up the signal needed to operate. We will post again once we have more information. Enjoy your day.
camera still down
we are looking forward to our upcoming holiday and our stay in the Pink Shell,than we can see the birds in reality
hi. we stayed at the pink shell feb 5 – 12. we had a great time as usual. we knew about the eggs before we arrived and did walk by and checked out the nest. we really appreciate your having the cam and working to get if fixed. but, could you please tell us if egg number 3 hatched and if the two chicks are doing ok. thank you!
Really missing the webcam, although I’m finally here staying at the Pink Shell and it’s been so wonderful to actually see the Osprey parents flying around! After “seeing” the nest from the webcam since February, it’s so cool to actually see ‘ it person’. Still wondering how (my) babies are doing though….and egg #3??? BTW, Pink Shell Resort is awesome! Loving our getaway
Go to Southwest Florida Eagle cam # 1
First the end of Downton Abbey, then the downed osprey cam. Too much in one week!
Hi! Just want to let everyone know that there was a hardware failure and there is a technician on property diligently working to get the webcam fixed or replaced.
Great, thanks! If it has to be replaced, one with sound & zoom would be better. Hope it’s working soon!
we are missing so much with this cam being unavailable. I am sure we missed the third egg hatching. Please get this cam up and running soon.
when will it be up again????
I am missing this cam. When will it be on again?
I am really missing this cam? When will it be up again?
Just want everyone to know that we are aware of the cam issue and are working diligently to get it fixed. We will update you when it is working again and are sorry for the inconvenience.
Cam not working AGAIN. Very frustrating!!!
Does anyone read these messages and if so what’s being done to get this cam working! PLease answer as there are a lot of us out there that are following these birds……
web cam not working for me either…very frustrating!
Cam not working. Boo Hoo….don’t want to miss the third egg hatching…..
Not working for me either Has egg #3 hatched yet??
The cam is not working for me. Is anyone else having this problem. I have been watching for over a month, waiting for the eggs to hatch…..can’t believe I am missing this.
Is there another URL for this cam as this one doesn’t seem to load for me half the time!
seems when I post a message the cam comes up- not sure I understand that at all
We have created a Facebook page to follow, discuss, and share photos of the Ospreys. The new page can be found here | https://www.facebook.com/ospreynestpinkshellbeachresort
Welcome baby Osprey #2! I saw daddy Osprey bringing food and got a couple of screen shots! So cool!
ok, it’s back on…hooray.
for some reason the cam isn’t working for me, right now…hope it’s just temporary.
Exciting to see the male deliver a fish for the female to eat. Also to see her feed the newborn. Then the male took it to a pole below the nest and had his share of the fish.
The nest is full this A.M. at 8:30 with mom and dad and 2 babys
You have a baby, I have been watching your Osprey nest for a couple months and when I turned it on at 6:45 pm today I saw a cute little baby being cared for by mama. Congrats.
baby on board
Just as I typed that the cam was down it came on line and I am now watching a chick begging for food
I haven’t seen anything here – cam appears to be down again
It appears that the first egg has hatched today. Any guests who were able to capture screen shots or video of the baby chick are welcome to share them by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Welcome baby chick!
Yes, I saw naked chick for a few seconds, this morning when she got off the nest a bit. Dad was up there, also, then flew off.
Welcome little baby Osprey!!!
Has there been a hatch at Fort Myers? Looks like an eggshell off to the side
20.20 GMT on 1st March
Yes…a hatch. I have video: I can email if you’d like
Please send me the video
She just stood up and we saw the baby and the 2 eggs. Baby is so sweet. 4:10 PM FMB time
cam is down! Just wondered if anyone knew
Hello from Germany,
thank you so much for providing the beautiful impressions of the ospreys.
We stayed at the Pink Shell Resort when the both moved in and started to build the nest. I always said she sends him shopping at the beach in the furniture store.
I am really looking forward to see the little ones after hatching.
We are estimating the first egg to hatch any day now. The first egg was discovered about 5 weeks ago, followed by egg two and three.
glad to see the web cam is working and momma is protecting her eggs…
At 10:48 A.M. I cannot get the picture of the nest, just the black screen with the blinking spots.
Looks good to me!
What’s with the web cam the past two days…I miss it.
Cam is working now. Looks awesome!
Cam is working now.
Cam seems to be down this morning
Love this!! So interesting to see the male come and go. Enjoyed seeing mom Osprey stretch her wings today and expose the 3 eggs for a while. Thanks for setting this up and sharing!
Watching the Ospreys has been exciting, especially since this is the first time we have used the Osprey Cam. Thank you for watching along with us!
i like so much to watch the birds and now with the little one’s it is so beautiful
but since 3 days the camera show no picture anymore,it seem that the connection with the internet does not work anymore
i hope someone can help with this
Yay! We have chat! Can’t wait until we have babies!
Glad you are enjoying this new feature!
Very cool to see the three new eggs!
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