Lake Capote Recreation Area

Osprey Cam

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.

Click here to view the leg-banding of the three osprey chicks from 2017!

Key Osprey Dates

First Detection at NestMarch 13March 8
First Egg LayApril 2March 30
First Egg HatchMay 10May 8
Approx. Incubation Time38 days39 days
Leg-BandingJune 19June 28
Blue Band Numbers10C, 11C, 12C13C, 14C, 15C
First Fledgling from NestJuly 4July 4
Number of Eggs/Chicks Lost00
Number of Chicks Fledged33

The Lake Capote Osprey Nest

Osprey Nest and Camera

For the past ten 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.

Naming the Ospreys

The Southern Ute Wildlife Division sponsored a naming contest for the pair of adult ospreys that can be seen on the Lake Capote webcam. From 10 entries submitted by Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy students, Wildlife Division staff chose Sʉʉwhsiagyetʉ or “Strong Wings” for the male, and Sʉʉpʉ’igyetʉ or “Powerful Eyes” for the female. The winning names were submitted by students Terena Hight and Jaela Velasco, who each received an Osprey brand kid’s backpack as a prize.

Osprey naming winners

Identifying the Male vs. Female

Osprey Male vs Female

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.


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