Osprey Cam

Unfortunately, due to damages to our camera from Hurricane Florence, we will not have the Osprey Cam active this year.  It will return for the 2020 nesting season.

Together, with the Bald Head Island Club, we are able to broadcast a live video feed of an Osprey nest on our island.  This camera is placed on a tree adjacent to the Osprey nest on Hole 13 at the BHI Club's Golf Course.  

Thank you to the BHI Club for partnering with us!  We look forward to watching the Osprey pair nest for many seasons.


Identification: Ospreys are large birds of prey with sharply hooked beaks, cream-colored breasts, brown backs, and heads with brown stripes.
Habitat and Habits: Ospreys eat fish almost exclusively, from both salt and freshwater. They are found across the U.S., mostly during their migration, but they tend to nest in open areas near water like lakes and salt marshes. These hawks migrate from far north in the U.S. and Canada down as far as South America in the winter. 

Conservation: Least Concern.
Ospreys are a popular conservation success story. Their numbers declined dramatically after farmers started using DDT as an insecticide for their crops. The DDT was ingested by fish that were then eaten by ospreys, causing the birds’ eggshells to become thin and easily breakable and endangering the species. After DDT was banned in 1972, the osprey population bounced back and is currently thriving. 

Cool Facts:
  • Ospreys mate for life
  • Osprey are usually solitary, but come back to their mate in the spring to nest
  • After years of adding to the same nest, osprey nests can be as deep as 13 feet and 6 feet in diameter  
On BHI:  You can find ospreys all across the island, usually by the water hunting for fish.  Take a  Kayaking the Creeks  tour with the conservancy to check out the salt marsh osprey nesting platforms and get a chance to see baby ospreys!  
**Mozilla Firefox users can view the video by right-clicking the small webcam frame and selecting 'This Frame', 'Show Only this Frame'**