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The Landings Bird Cam

Location: The Landings, Skidaway Island

These cameras have followed ospreys nesting beside the Palmetto golf course at The Landings, a community on Skidaway Island near Savannah. The pair laid three eggs, but only one hatched. In mid-May, the parents were attacked and harassed by at least one other osprey. The chick was injured, became listless and unresponsive to parents' attempts to feed it, and died. The other two eggs likely were not fertilized, and a crow later damaged them The adults are still maintaining the nest, though the chances they will re-nest this year are diminishing. The chick's death is a reminder of the dangers these and other birds face in the wild. The Landings cams offer a unique view into that world. 

The ospreys are using a nest built by bald eagles, which served for the last two years as a nest for great-horned owls. The owls didn't return in 2017, and the ospreys -- a species that had shown in interest in the site before -- moved in. (The owls raised two owlets in 2015 and in 2016.)

In September 2016, with the pine tree holding the two nest cameras dead and shedding limbs, operators at The Landings took down the cams, attached a bracket to support the cam on the nest tree and moved the second cam to a nearby pine, while also adding a third cam to that tree. Two of the cams are streamed here; the third is available at The Landings bird cam homepage.

Camera provider:




   The Landings  





Also: Coastal Conservation Association Georgia, Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association,
Georgia Golf Environmental Foundation, Ogeechee Audubon and Wild Birds Unlimited (Savannah)

For more:

Learn more about great horned owls, or explore DNR efforts to conserve birds in the Nongame Conservation Section's annual report.

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