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.

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Key Osprey Data

First Detection at NestApril 1March 31April 1March 28March 29
First Egg LayApril 28April 26April 26April 28May 6
First Egg HatchJune 6June 3June 5June 12
Approx. Incubation Time39 days38 days38 days37 days
Leg-BandingJuly 14July 15-
Blue Band Numbers17C, 18C16C-
First Fledgling from NestAugust 4August 1August 5
Number of Eggs/Chicks Lost1 (egg)320
Number of Chicks Fledged012

The Lake Capote Osprey Nest

Osprey nest pole 2024

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.


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: