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.

Thank you for visiting the Lake Capote webcam page. The ospreys have begun their fall migration, and the live feed will be down for a few weeks, while the Wildlife Division works on improvements to the webcam system. We plan to reposition the camera for better viewing of the nest, and upgrade the power and internet connections for greater reliability. We hope to have the live feed available on this page again sometime this fall, and for the ospreys’ return in the spring. Thanks for your continued interest in the Lake Capote webcam.

Division of Wildlife staff recently banded the Ospreys for tracking.

Key Osprey Dates for 2017

Parent osprey first arrived at the site and began nest re-construction on March 13, 2017.

Chick #1
(oldest)
Chick #2
(middle)
Chick #3
(youngest)
Blue Band # 10/C 11/C 12/C
Silver FWS # 1088-03731 1088-03732 1088-03734
Sex Female Female Male
Egg Laid 4/2 4/5 4/8
Hatch Date* 5/10 5/13 5/16
Banding Date 6/19 6/19 6/19
Fledge Date 7/4 7/7 7/10

     * Camera was down; Date calculated at 38 days incubation time

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

Questions and Comments on the Lake Capote Osprey Project

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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: