After the eggs hatch, the parents brood the chicks, protecting them from extreme weather and predators.They are very diligent parents, never leaving the chicks unprotected - even at night when Great Horned Owls might threaten the chicks.In early September, the young will begin their solo journey From Maine south along the Atlantic Flyway, passing through the Caribbean to winter in South America as far south as Chile.The Audubon operates an ornithology camp on Hog Island near Bremen, Maine.Best Viewing Hours 24/7 Tune in even at night and check out the infrared view!
About fifty days after hatching, the young start exercising their wings in the nest and take their first practice flights from the nest.The Hog Island ospreys laid the first of their three eggs on April 26, and incubation time is 35-42 days.The female (recognized by the heavy striped pattern on her breast) does most of the incubation and the male often feeds her at the nest.The camp, which has been operating since 1936, and offers bird watching and nature walk trips.
Hog Island is home to more than just osprey birds; Arctic Terns, Loons, Eiders, Hummingbirds and Northern Parulas are just some of the 200 species of birds that live on and around the island. The original cam shows the nest ospreys Rachel and Steve, and is located on top of a 30-foot tower.
The second Osprey nest camera is located on a boat house.