Tweet this! Ospreys online
IT’S not unusual for dogs and cats to have their own social media accounts these days, but ospreys? That’s something different.
Two nesting ospreys in Port Lincoln have become a surprise hit online, with their own Facebook and YouTube accounts delighting bird lovers from around the world.
The breeding pair of raptors, who currently have two chicks and an unhatched egg in their nest, set up house on a barge in Proper Bay a few years back.
When the barge came up for sale local shark diving operation Calypso Star Charters, stepped up and bought it for the express purpose of preserving the birds’ home. The nest was later transfered to a more secure barge next door and a more robust roost was built for the bundle of sticks which can weigh more than 100kg. A security camera was mounted near the nest to both protect the birds and beam their antics directly into the home of Calypso Star owners Ron and Janet Forster.
Now the camera has been updated to a state-of-the-art infrared model that monitors the birds 24-7, and Ms Forster posts the highlights to the birds’ Facebook and YouTube channels.
Ms Forster said it was fascinating watching the pair construct the nest over the years, with the male bird bringing back everything from old fishing rope to discarded T-shirts to make the stick platform more comfortable for his partner and their brood.
“I was originally putting the footage on my own Facebook page, but I was getting a lot of friend requests from people I didn’t know – then they let me know that they just wanted to see the ospreys,” she said.
“That’s when I decided they needed their own page.”
And a live feed is on the cards so that nature lovers will be able to watch the happy couple in real time – just as soon as the pesky NBN completes its rollout in the region.