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This cam overlooks the boat house on Hog Island, Maine.

Osprey Facts

Ospreys are the only birds of prey whose diet consists almost entirely of fish; therefore, these birds are found near large bodies of water throughout the world. In fact, ospreys inhabit six of the world’s seven continents.

In the wild, ospreys can live to the age of 30 and can grow to a wingspan of 5 to 6 feet.

From a distance, ospreys are sometimes confused with bald eagles because of their similar appearance and hunting style. One way to easily differentiate a bald eagle from an osprey is to look for the osprey’s distinct black stripe on the side of its head.

Like bald eagles, ospreys dive from incredible heights (up to 120 feet in the air) to the surface of lakes, river, and oceans to catch their prey. The incredible speed that the birds achieve during the dive allows them to pluck fish from the water without scaring the fish away. Ospreys’ talons are incredibly sharp and have a strong grip that allows them to carry fish for great distances.

Ospreys typically spend summers in the northern hemisphere and migrate south to warmer climates when winter approaches. During their summer months in the northern hemisphere, couples build large nests with sticks on things like telephone poles, building roofs, or dead trees. Ospreys usually lay three eggs and both the female and male take turns keeping the eggs warm for incubation while the other osprey goes hunting.

Osprey chicks usually hatch in the order their eggs were laid, and the first chick to hatch is generally the most dominant.

  • grant: $500,000 - National Audubon Society, Inc.

    To support Seabird Restoration Program activities in Maine

  • topic: osprey

  • location: bremen

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The Audubon operates an ornithology camp on Hog Island near Bremen, Maine. The camp, which has been operating since 1936, and offers bird watching and nature walk trips.

Hog Island is home to more than just osprey birds; Arctic Terns, Loons, Eiders, Hummingbirds and Northern Parulas are just some of the 200 species of birds that live on and around the island.

There are two osprey nest cams on Hog Island. The original cam shows the nest ospreys Rachel and Steve, and is located on top of a 30-foot tower. The second Osprey nest camera is located on a boat house.

Hog Island's ospreys spend the winter apart, but when spring comes again the couples reunite and start up where they left off, mating, laying a clutch of 2-3 eggs and raising their chicks to fledge. All of this action can be viewed live on Explore's osprey cam.

The ospreys bonding will lead to upwards of 160 mating attempts through these next few weeks that will eventually produce a clutch of two to four eggs. The eggs will hatch after an incubation period of 35-42 days and both parents will feed themselves and their chicks a fish-only diet. While watching the osprey cam, you may notice are under nearly-constant parental watch to keep them safe from

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location: Bremen, Maine

best hours: 7:00am - 7:30pm

time zone: Eastern Time

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This cam overlooks the boat house on Hog Island, Maine.

Osprey Facts

Ospreys are the only birds of prey whose diet consists almost entirely of fish; therefore, these birds are found near large bodies of water throughout the world. In fact, ospreys inhabit six of the world’s seven continents.

In the wild, ospreys can live to the age of 30 and can grow to a wingspan of 5 to 6 feet.

From a distance, ospreys are sometimes confused with bald eagles because of their similar appearance and hunting style. One way to easily differentiate a bald eagle from an osprey is to look for the osprey’s distinct black stripe on the side of its head.

Like bald eagles, ospreys dive from incredible heights (up to 120 feet in the air) to the surface of lakes, river, and oceans to catch their prey. The incredible speed that the birds achieve during the dive allows them to pluck fish from the water without scaring the fish away. Ospreys’ talons are incredibly sharp and have a strong grip that allows them to carry fish for great distances.

Ospreys typically spend summers in the northern hemisphere and migrate south to warmer climates when winter approaches. During their summer months in the northern hemisphere, couples build large nests with sticks on things like telephone poles, building roofs, or dead trees. Ospreys usually lay three eggs and both the female and male take turns keeping the eggs warm for incubation while the other osprey goes hunting.

Osprey chicks usually hatch in the order their eggs were laid, and the first chick to hatch is generally the most dominant.

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