Tweet this! Ospreys on­line

Sunday Mail - - NEWS - NATHAN DAVIES

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.

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