This week I got a wonderful surprise when Mr. Racks sent a notice that they were testing a new camera on Freeway Osprey’s nest. It was just a sneak preview of what their new equipment will do but the best part was seeing a baby osprey.
That is right!! Our Freeway Osprey (or as Mr. Racks call them “Seahawks”) have a baby. Last year it was three but this time only one has made it. After reviewing the 12 minute test video on the link below I am pretty sure they only have one and no more will hatch. This baby is fairly large and the parent is sitting on the side of the nest versus sitting on another egg or two.
So, what did I do? I went by the nest on Thursday morning to see how the nest looked from below. This new video is obviously not from the old post on the side of the nest. The test showed the freeway below and zoomed out from the whole structure. The clincher is you can see the old camera on its post in the photo above. This was not some old stationary camera.
At first it was not obvious where it was. Then after using my camera as binoculars, I found it on the cell tower. What a great partnership Mr Racks has made with the owner of that tower. Steve at Mr. Racks told me that they still have to stabilize their power source so as of today we only have the sneak peek into the Freeway Osprey’s nest. Just enough to tease us and make us yearn for more.
For those that have just found the Freeway Osprey or if you want a refresher on prior posts here are a few links to check out:
Remember the Osprey Nest next to I-405 I wrote about earlier? It is on my way to work, so twice a day I look to see if I can tell what is happening. I usually see a head poking up, that confirms they are raising their family. Here is a link to my prior post.
Weeks ago I sent an email to the PSE avian protection biologists asking them if there was an active video feed on this nest they moved. I got an answer that Mr. Racks, who is the next door neighbor to the next platform, has them hooked up via Livestream. Here is that link for your viewing pleasure. http://livestream.com/accounts/12941964
Friday morning I stopped under the nest and actually caught a parent shift change. Then I went online and found where I entered the picture. The Osprey on the nest was a clue to my presence since he/she was certainly watching in my direction. If you want to see that time on the video feed push it back to 31.10. Then at 31.14 you can see my car turning around and leaving. (that time will only last as long as their DVR can hold video – so check it out soon).
Here is what it looks like from below with all the wires and cellular tower around it. Look carefully at the first picture and you can see the osprey landing on the tower. The second photo is him/her sitting on it.
This slide show is a series of photos I took right when I got out of the car and saw the Osprey fly over. Look closely at the nest and you can see the take off. Hope you enjoyed the Freeway Ospreys.