Friday, June 29, 2007

OspreyCam Back Online

I am finally back to civilization after ten days in the field and I have good news. I am happy to report that I was finally able to get to the OspreyCam site and was able to fix the problem. The good news is that the problem was minor and resulted from a likely lightening strike on site. I have also changed some settings so I now have remote control of the camera

The not so good news, is that it appears that the birds nesting attempt has failed. Because the camera was offline, it’s hard to say what happened. The eggs may not have hatched, or a gull may have predated the chicks. The adults are still spending a great deal of time around the nest and there is a good chance that they may try to renest. They are working on a nest site at a new location. If the choose to move to this new site, we can easily turn the camera to the new nest. I have pulled the camera back a bit so that we can see the birds on the left side of the platform.

We will see what happens. Watch the nest here

Wing Goodale, BioDiversity Research Institute


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is the video again of the visit around 2 p.m. June 26. Hopefully the link will work this time! It should open in RP. :-)

4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

6/29 5 pm OSPREY
So sorry to hear about the Osprey nest, maybe they'll re-nest and we'll get to see the show after all. The Osprey at SMCC have hatched and are protecting and feeding chicks. I haven't seen any babes yet as they seem well hidden but have observed the male coming to the nest & making a hooding motion to protect Mom and chicks when a third osprey flew over a few times. This was 6/26 and the male had not been so protective previously -(eggs had been due to hatch anytime around 6/23) Yesterday 6/28 I watched Mom feeding as the sun rose and again around 11a.m. She was standing in the nest all hunched over feeding for a good 25 minutes - can't wait til she shows us what's in there!!

Sparrows seem to be sharing the nest as more than 2 of them are in & out of the nest on the far edges...the osprey don't seem to mind. The nest is so large on its platform that it seems plenty big enough for all - is this nest sharing common?? still looking for the answer by researching...any help is welcomed.

J in S.P. ME

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to be a little slow but does the lightening strike mean there was no hacker??

J in S.P. ME

5:12 PM  
Blogger MITS said...

WING, isn't it too late for a new nest, since most start leaving for South American, around August and September???

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judy -- thank you for re-sending the 6/26 video. It worked this time. It is so good to see Dad again.

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judy, can't open file. Any advise would love to see the video of 6/26. thanks, penn

11:10 AM  
Blogger indiana nesting eagles dave said...

Good morning;
This is july 2nd,I filmed our
eaglet make its first long flight
yesterday and he took off and
landed just fine.

Dave from indiana

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good afternoon everyone…
Sorry to hear about the Ospreys. The eagles have not been on the nest much. Only once last week in the early am. No one got any shots. Sorry too early for me. LOL I do hear them a lot and have seen a couple fly byes. If you need an eagle fix check this out… This is a video made by my girlfriend. It is her first picture video, and what better subject to practice on than last year’s eaglets… All the pictures are from the BRI image archive. Warning you better get some tissues…

You’ve got a friend…
Sir Lance 7/2/07

1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 2, Mon.
I am viewing the osprey cam. Is there an osprey in there? I see a large round object and wonder if it is the osprey's head. ??? Anyone can you help me here?
Hello to Judy and I hope things are going better for you. Wishing the beauty of summer to have a healing effect on your being. I miss your posts as does everyone else! I hope you are okay.
Maggie, NH

1:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it possible to zoom into the nesting platform? It seems like every time I log on there are birds on it. I think its the opspreys but it's difficult to tell because the view is too far away.

7:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Eagle cam For anyone like me who couldn't get the live eagle cam, I have discovered I can get it live through the National Geographic site. Can't imagine why that is different,but it is.

9:48 PM  
Blogger movin said...

Just viewed Judy's video, and I noticed Dad does not seem to be limping anymore, and he appears to be in excellent health.

Good to see.

Santa Ana, CA

10:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There were two quick visits July 2nd by what most believe was Dad especially since he was doing some branch moving around. :-) I didn't see the second visit and only captured a few screenshots of the first visit, some of which I made into two animations.
Here is the link for viewing them, be sure to scroll down to see the animations. Click Here

Another Judy also captured some pictures from the first visit Click Here

6:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was about a 5 minute visit July 5th around 6:34 p.m. by what looked like Dad. :-)

Some screenshots by Sherri and a few by me and an animation. Be sure to scroll down to view them all. Screenshots and animation

7:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see the cam has gone black again.. I know everyone caught dad this time but I can’t help doing something… I feel left out. I was actually having dinner when he came in… Here is the same 6:34pm visit with some slow motion and zoom effects. Slow motion sound of the wings on the exit is so defined and strong.. Never tried zoom, but have seen them... Ends up being about 6minutes…
Dad visits nest and starts doing a little house keeping. Then he lays for a spell and then flies off toward the camera…7/5/07

Sir Lance

9:02 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

July 6th 11:49 AM ET

Hello Fellow Armchair Biologists!

Wow! What a nice compilation of videos from our fellow blog members! Thank you Sir Lance and Judy for your Maine nest captures! ... always appreciated! Dave - thanks for sharing your Indiana eagles with us! Great to see that you've been blessed with eagles in your neck of the woods!

Glad that some of you have found the Maine nest cam on the NG site when you couldn't get it up and running on the BRI site. We've been unable to view the nest at night for the past few nights ... totally black screen. Although there isn't much action now on the nest at night, (except for moths flying in front of the cam lens - hahaha ...) there are several eagle addicts that love viewing the nest at night. This cam business is very complex ... a lot of opportunity for it to break down. We'll be patient and hope that it is up and running soon.

The nest is presently rather damp looking. I believe coastal Maine is getting the rain (Anna ... ?) that we experienced here in Western NY over the past few days. No eagle talk now but we have seen Dad in the past several days back at the nest doing some minor "nestorations" ... he is a true handy man ... just love that guy! So stay turned fellow Maine Nest Addicts ... as we approach fall, we should see more fix-it-up activity at the nest by our eagles!

I don't peek in on the osprey or loon cam much but always enjoy reading your posts. I have recently learned that I have a local osprey nest AND a falcon nest under the Grand Island bridge, 2 miles from where I live. It's quite a hike through Buckhorn State Park to get to the base of the bridge but if I can get out there I will report back to you on my homegrown wildlife.

Hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July! It was great to celebrate the birth of our country and our national symbol ... our beloved bald eagle!

Stay well fellow eagle lovers! Is that eagle chatter that I hear ...yes it is! Love these guys!

Grand Island, NY

11:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks to CLC for your video. I've been upset that none of the videos by judy can i pull up. I don't know where they go when i say to open file but they're gone!!!! It was great to see Dad again. Been watching the Channel Islands eagle cams since ours is not active and the santa cruz baby is awsome! some him fledge. the blog site there is as addictive as this one. Again thanks for posting the utube video so I could finally see it!! Penn

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like it is the male that landed July 8th around 5:36 p.m. and stays for almost 9 minutes! :-) He lands with food.


6:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Jul 8, 2007 7:28PM (EDT) EAGLES

This is EAGLE NEST - Dad lands with meal for himself. I then made a slow picture to decide which talon he uses to fly off with the remains.

Dad Brings Food

Dad leaves with food-Slow Motion

7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eagle visited at about 5:40pm 7/8/07 and I think it was eating something…I saw Judy's video and Dad brought in dinner for sure The visit was about 8 minutes an it flew off toward the water to the right… Then same exit in slow motion… Sorry I missed the entrance.
If you watch the end of the video you can see he leaves right then banks left an flies through cam again just above the NG logo.. Gives a little perspective of the drop to the water..
My video has some freezes in it caused by RP. Movie maker keeps bogging down my CPU that is why I missed him coming in.. I had to shut RP to save a video GF made..

Sir Lance

7:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Penn sorry you are having trouble with opening the videos I post.
They should open in Real Player if you have it on your computer.
I will try to start loading some to YouTube also.
There was a visit this evening around 8:08 p.m. by Dad, I believe, for about 3 minutes. :-)


8:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI Nature Bloggers! I just read the most recent blogs and realized that on Mon. July2 I made some mistakes with names. I meant "Anna" when I was wishing her the best and thinking about her grieving her beloved dog and inadvertantly put "Judy." I wish you the best too Judy! Also it's plain to me now that the object there that I was mistaking for an osprey's head is just some wooden knob or something. I embarrass myself.. (blush) Anyway. Hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and embarrassed or not I'll still be checking in to see what's happening a couple of times a week. Thankyou to all of you at BRI for your hard work and hello to Wing and all the other scientists!
Maggie the airhead from NH

9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you all I am glad you enjoy my videos..

7/9/07 an eagle landed at about 8:08pm Stayed about 3 minutes. I don’t think this is the same eagle as the last visit… not sure just my 2 cents..
Here is my video.. slow motion entrance and exit and zoom ins. Watch the eagle before take off it starts to take off then it hears something and stops looks around and then flies off.. Copy and paste, utube buttons never work for me here..

Sir Lance..

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7/10/07 Well we got 2 visits by our eagle today I totally missed the 8pm visit making the video from the 6:25pm visit, real player died and took it all away… The first visit was about 4 minutes. I think the same eagle as yesterday, both visits.. I am going out on a limb here but I going to say I now believe all 3 visits was dad. My girlfriend thinks it wasn’t dad the last 2. You decide.
Be sure to watch this youtube video visit in full screen mode, and Back up about 3 feet from, your screen.. I going to start turning up the sound on my slow motions and try to get it to come in faster next time.. Subscribe to my youtube channel and you will know when I put in a new video via email. I know Wing is real busy, we wouldn’t be here if he wasn’t… Thank you much for you work.. Here is the tube video

Sir Lance

9:27 PM  
Blogger gigi 1 said...

Happy Friday the 13th to all. Wing you are either keeping very busy or you flew the coop.ROFLOL:-] My last blog wasn't posted hope I didn't say anything to offend, VERY sorry if I did. Haven't seen the eagles, loons or osprey. I have heard eagles ands loons at various times, wonderful sounds to my ears. Hope all is well with everyone. 9:15 EDT 6/13

9:14 AM  
Blogger gigi 1 said...

6/13 9:48 EDT It's me again Mom and Dad calling out, very close to nest no visuals:[. Oh I wish I could see them!!!!!

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

July 13 Eagle cam 9:30 a.m. CST: Brief vocalization (Mom?) from nearby but no sighting. 9:54: Sound of car engine starting very nearby.

10:55 AM  
Blogger gigi 1 said...

6:48pmEDT 7/13 OMG,OMG,OMG, Logged on and saw an eagle on Y branch, it's facing the water. I can't tell if it's Mom or Dad and I don't care, just glad to SEE and HEAR one live again. What a joy, and a happy sight for sore eyes!!! It looks so serene seating there, looking out at the water and listening. Now it's 7:04 and it's in the nest bowl doing "nestorations". Luv it :]. Maybe it's Dad, sounds like Mom calling off camera. 7:33 Have to go now, one more thing on two previous posts I may have put 6/13, my mistake it's 7/13. Friday, and nothing bad happened to me, I'm so lucky!!!

7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

07-13 @ 20:44

Wow. Lucky Friday the 13th! I finally caught an eagle at the nest. Signed on around 19:20 and found an adult on the left branch of the Y. Sat there enjoying the water view until 19:40. Observed a little grooming but cannot report on vocals as I had no sound. As I only saw the rear view with an occasional side shot, I cannot make an id. Hope somebody caught the arrival and complete visit and can identify.

It has been forever since I had a sighting and have relied on reports/videos from others. Now I can start hoping to see both Ms. and Mr. together!

Happy 13th ...


8:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saturday 9:39a.m. Eagle cam: Vocalization from nearby but no visual.

10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Osprey at SMCC nest are busy raising their one's about 3 weeks old now & is popping its head up more frequently so I see it often. Sunrise usually has dad bringing a fish is still feeding a very hungry baby.

If any of you are interested in Osprey banding or just tons of cool birding exploits check out (sorry I don't know how to make it clickable). You won't be disappointed. Birdchick has new & interesting info every day regarding all different species as well as bees. She has a great sense of humor and answers your blog questions pronto.

Hope our cams jump into working order soon, haven't gotten a live Osprey or Eagle for days now.

J in S.P.ME

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi everyone, sorry I didn't post the lastest videos, but I forgot which video I had posted last! :-)
Here are some pictures and video from July 10th of an eagle landing with prey.

An eagle visited for 2 hours and 45 minutes from 4:50 p.m. to 7:35 p.m. on July 13th! :-)

I put the visit into two videos.
The first video is the first 5 minutes of the visit.
The second video has combined clips from the rest of the visit and is twice as long as the first video, so it might take a while to load.

Part I
Part II


11:52 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Wednesday, July 18th 11:40 PM

Hello Fellow Armchair Biologists!

It's been a while since I posted. Sad to say our Maine Bald Eagle Cam has had technical problems recently. Just before it went down this last time we were seeing Dad (love him...) visiting the nest more frequently with Mom chattering to him near the nest but out of view of the camera. Dad was even doing some minor nestorations. I know you all miss seeing the nest and listening to the beautiful sounds that we have become accustomed to ... I feel your pain. :( BRI and National Geographic have made quite an investment in this cam and I am sure they will do everything possible to get it up and running for their loyal supporters .. we just need patience. I imagine we will see Dad and Mom more frequently as fall approaches and they become busy preparing the nest for next year. I was excited to see that the blog was updated so that I could read your most recent posts!

Keep the faith Fellow Eagle Addicts! I'm sure Wing and BRI won't let us down.

As always, I look forward to your future posts!

Grand Island, NY

11:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just shared a site with the Loon people & I want to do the same for the Eagle/Osprey folks too. You can read recent comments(today is 7/19) on the Loon blog for the full story but the site is

Arthur Cleveland Bent is a writer and naturalist from the late 1800's to early 1900's. His writing is like a journal and it's just so interesting to read about the birds we are concerned with today as they were 100 years ago!

A sincere thank you Wing for the work you do and share with us. Maybe 100 years from now someone will blog (?) about this cool guy who set up cameras !! to learn the habits of wild birds. Keep up the good work!

J in S.P.ME

6:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi all you eagle fans. I guess that we are all feeling really lost without the eagle cam, I check it at least a dozen times a day. I know that Wing is very busy and it might be a while before he is back in from the field and can fix it but in the meantime I miss it a lot. Without an eagle or a loon to watch it is horrible!!


11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7/20/07 Is anyone else having trouble getting the live view of the eagle and osprey cams? I can't get either one today.

5:35 PM  
Blogger Tonya said...

Friday July 20,07 9:42pm edt

Hello Wing,
You must know by now that the Eagle Cam has been down completely since Sunday late afternoon July 15th. There is no picture or sound. I am writing this, so if you are still out in the field doing your job, and go to update the Blog you might see this post. We all know you are extremely busy this time of year, and we also understand that the field work you are doing is priority, so the only question I am going to ask is, Can you please give us a time frame of when someone, presumably you might get a chance to try and get the cam up and running again. There are quite a few of us that are going through withdrawal. It isn't easy not seeing our beloved Eagles. Any info on this would be truly appreciated. Thank you Tonya

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's up? Some of you are talking about still seeing live eagle action on NG's cam....I haven't been able to get any live action from any BRI cam in many weeks and wonder if they haven't shut them down. But since I've read new comments about seeing our eagles on the NG site, I tried to navigate thru their site and found NO live action Eagle cam....only our cam videos from the past. Can anyone help an old lady with the NG site and where you're finding the web cam on it?? So frustrating and disappointing.

J in S.P. ME

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7/22/07 Still can't get the live view. Never had this problem before so I assume something is wrong with the site. Anyone else with this problem the last few days?

12:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well just as soon as I say in print that I can't get any of the BRI cams, I suddenly get the Loon cam. Yesterday (Sun 7/22) I DID get a live Loon cam and today as well....alas, still no Osprey or Eagle. Any ideas.....

J in S.P. ME

9:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are those two birds on the platform with the ospry. They are quite big.( not sparrows)

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update Will, glad to hear something, one way or the other. For J in S.P. ME, nobody is seeing real live cam on NG, it is previously recorded, but they don't tell you that.

Loon and Eagle Lover

4:56 PM  

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