Osprey Cam

Welcome to the Osprey Cam Live!

Thanks for visiting the Lake Capote osprey webcam page! The Southern Ute Wildlife Division is excited to give the Tribe and the public an opportunity to learn more about these fascinating birds by viewing them up close. Click on the video preview below to start the webcam.

Key Osprey Dates for 2017

Date Observation
3/13/2017 First arrival of female at nest site and beginning of nest construction
3/15/2017 Male arrives at nest; both birds work on nest construction
3/21/2017 Ospreys observed mating
4/2/2017 – 1:30pm 1st egg laid
4/5/2017 – 11:35am 2nd egg laid
4/8/2017 – 3:05pm 3rd egg laid
5/12/2017 Approximate hatch date for egg 1
5/15/2017 Approximate hatch date for egg 2
5/18/2017 Approximate hatch date for egg 3

Installing the Osprey Camera

The Lake Capote osprey nest

For the past nine years, a pair of ospreys has made its seasonal home at the Southern Ute Tribe’s Lake Capote, and given visitors spectacular displays of nesting, fishing, and fledgling young. Beginning in 2017, viewers should get a much more close-up view of the birds’ activities, via a webcam installed at their nest.

The birds have arrived in March of each year, after migrating from their winter homes in Central America or South America. Over the course of the spring and summer, the ospreys work on nest construction, lay eggs, raise young, and of course catch a lot of fish. Learn more about ospreys at All About Birds Osprey Page.

Identifying the Male vs. Female

Male and Female Osprey

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The webcam

Division staff installed an AXIS P-5515-E network camera in February 2017. A mounting system was attached to the nest pole, which includes a lightning rod to divert any strikes away from the camera and the nest. An aerial lift was used to safely reach the top of the pole.

The division worked with View Into The Blue, a Boulder-based company specializing in outdoor webcams, to design the webcam and livestreaming system. The high-definition 1080p camera has pan, tilt, and zoom capabilities – allowing it to capture not just what’s happening on the nest, but also video of the lake or Chimney Rock for example. The camera data is transmitted wirelessly from the webcam to a communications tower near the campground.

Acknowledgements

The Southern Ute Wildlife Division would like to thank the following for their assistance and support of this project: