July 7, 2012: Osprey Cam Gets New Zoom Lens

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by Bob Sallinger

kgw.com

Posted on July 7, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Thanks to Frank and the folks at KGW, the osprey cam now has a new optical zoom lens. You can really see into the nest now with a lot more detail. This morning I watched dad fly in with a fish and mom rip it apart and feed it to the nestling. You could actually see the bits of fish--pretty amazing given that we are filming from a couple of hundred feet away.

The nestling is now about half the size of its parents. You can really see how its wings droop down. That is because as the flight feathers grow in they are full of blood and therefore very heavy. He looks like he is wearig a heavy cloak as he moves about. You can also see the brown contour feathers on his body emerging from under a thick  layer of cottony down. The youngster is now 30 days old and a good three weeks plus from taking its first flights. Over the next week watch for the bird to really begin to transform from something that looks like a fuzzy nestling into something that looks much more like a feathered out bird.

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It is supposed to be hot for the next week. Osprey nests are quite exposed---not really any shade or cover to speak of at this nest. Just as mom broods him to keep him warm, watch also for her to provide him with some cover every so often to protect him from the sun. Birds have a variety of mechanisms to keep themselves cool. One mechanism that you may observe on osprey cam is that they will pant very quickly to allow heat to escape.

 

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