Pets, Animals - Birds
Ospreys are birds of prey that rely almost entirely on fish, so they nest and raise their chicks near water. They return to Hog Island each year in early April after wintering in South America.
Our osprey pair, Rachel and Steve returned to their nest on April 5, 2013.
Rachel is recognized by the striped necklace pattern on her breast. Last year she laid the first of three eggs on April 29, and she did most of the incubation. The chicks hatched in mid June and thousands of people got to watch them grow; both parents brought them fresh fish. The osprey chicks began to fledge in August and finally left for South America in September, 2012. We do not expect the chicks back until 2014, but Rachel & Steve have returned to this nest many times in the spring.
This cam is part of explore.org's Pearls of the Planet initiative, created to help people fall in love with the world again. explore.org is a philanthropic media organization and division of the Annenberg Foundation.
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