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Our Osprey Pair had three successful fledglings in 2019 - Good luck to them all!!

We have been having Comcast Issues of late - but we have put all three cameras on this front page - please only run one at a time if you have any bandwidth issues with your own internet services

Camera 1 - Sony Pan/Tilt/Zoom from Adjacent Tree

Camera 2 - Marsh Facing Approach Cam

Camera 3 Pan/Tilt/Zoom View from Adjacent Tree

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New Camera View Choices

March 13, 2019 by Rick Cunningham2

Our streaming provider, HDOnTap in Del Mar, CA has updated their streaming services. We now have a single pane with YouTube DVR capability (you can look back up to 4 hrs by clicking on the timeline). Additionally, you can choose between any of our three cameras. Here’s how it works:

Along the bottom of the video window are controls for the YouTube channel. As you move your mouse along the bottom of the window, you will see a white box with horizontal arrows that will pop up next to the words YouTube. Click on that box and a menu of three camera views will pop up. The one you’re currently viewing is bordered in red. Click either of the other two views and your view will switch to that camera. Note that one of our cameras is sometimes a bit flaky, so you may find that you need to switch views.



We Have Egg #3 March 12, 2019!

March 12, 2019 by Mary Lambright

Egg #3 was first seen this morning. The ospreys will continue to take turns incubating the eggs. Stay Tuned!

Egg #2 Arrives

March 9, 2019 by Mary Lambright

Sometime overnight on Saturday March 9, 2019, egg #2 was laid. Here’s the first image we have!


Live From The Field

September 2, 2018 by Patty Frothingham

The History of The Landings Bird Cam

February 19, 2018 by Beth Roth

The following post is from Beth Roth here at The Landings. The history of this tree, the birds that have inhabited it, and the future of the project!


Again the Ospreys are adding to the nest that was occupied by eagles years ago.  The cameras were installed in the summer of 2014, and a lone eagle checked out the nest several times, but no mate showed up and it finally moved on – later that year Great horned Owls took over the nest and raised 2 owlets in each of two consecutive years, 2015 and 2016.

The next year Eagles and Owls checked out the nest multiple times, but didn’t decide to nest. But each year after the Great-horned Owls finished nesting and left…Ospreys brought in a lot of nesting materials…and they went through nesting motions… but nothing happened until 2017 when there were probably 3 or 4 Ospreys fighting over the nest.
One Osprey pair took up residence and she laid 3 eggs. One hatched but within a few days the chick was stepped on during a fight with an intruder and didn’t make it. The Ospreys hung around for a while, but then left the nest site.
And again this year, Eagles and Owls have visited, but not nested. But again the Osprey have arrived and there is a lot of activity at the the nest site…so we should have some entertainment for this spring!

The Ospreys are busy decorating again, and courting…. so stay tuned.This is a better nest site for Ospreys than Owls (which usually like more cover and need more of a tree for their Owlets to branch out on the they’re getting ready to fledge)

Unfortunately this was a dying tree for many years and lost a lot of branches during our many storms…along with some of the camera equipment

After Hurricane Matthew, some structure was added to help perching and to support the spy equipment through the past few years….

So now you can tune in and start worrying how this Osprey nesting season will go.
I have a good feeling that his will be a successful year for our Ospreys…since they’ve had so much practice

Good Birding

We’re on “Hatch Watch” but meanwhile – you Will Not Believe this GHO rescue!

May 2, 2017 by Rick Cunningham

We’re very fortunate to have the support of the The Landings Club here on Skidaway Island. The nest tree is on one of the golf courses and the club provides us access to it and has provided assistance to Skidaway Audubon with just about every step of the process over the last four years. In particular, Chris Steigelman, Director of Golf Maintenance South and Phil Soukup, his deputy have provided assistance and advice to us every time we’ve asked, From teaching us how to operate a 105′ lift to providing assistance in maintenance of equipment, they’ve been there for us, and for the owls and ospreys.

So it didn’t surprise me to hear that another superintendent, at another golf course went above and beyond the call of duty recently to rescue a Great Horned Owl. Craig Loving, Golf Course Superintendent of Lost Creek Country Club in Austin, Texas rescued this Great Horned Owl after one of the club’s employees noticed that it was snagged by fishing line caught in a tree. You will not believe this video! The bird clacked it’s beak repeatedly but otherwise cooperated fully with Craig as he worked to free his wing. This is one lucky bird, and one nice guy – brave, too!



Egg1 is In The Nest – Let’s get this party started!

March 30, 2017 by Rick Cunningham

Welcome back to the 2017 Landings Bird Cam – this year featuring a pair of Ospreys. The first egg was laid on Monday March 27 at around 7:00 am. An interesting fact about Ospreys is that both the male and female have a brood patch and both share duties of incubating the eggs.

These birds are magnificent fishermen, able to catch and carry fish weighing as much as two and a half pounds – about 1.1 kg!

Here’s a shot of him (left) bringing a striped bass (we call them stripers) to her. Because their talons are such great fish hooks, it’s actually difficult to let go of the fish! She’s tugging at the fish and finally he’s able to get his talon loose.

Once she’s taken the handoff, she gets a good grip and then heads over to a nearby branch to eat her afternoon snack in peace. Meanwhile, he checks out the egg and settles down over it to keep it warm until she’s had her meal.






Someone mentioned that when she was brooding, her wingtips looked a bit like the “tail fins” on cars back in the 1950’s. Here’s the 1957 Chrysler that I think they might have been comparing her to!







We would like to give a big shoutout to Ms Patterson’s kindergarten class at James Island Elementary School in Charleston, SC. That’s just up the coast from Savannah and we’re glad to have them following this brand new species of bird. It will be interesting to see the differences and similarities of the Owls and the Ospreys as they care for the eggs and chicks. Stay tuned!

And finally, here’s a webpage with a good fact sheet on ospreys


Finally Getting Some Action!

February 17, 2017 by Rick Cunningham

With the number of trees (about 9,000!) that were lost on the island due to the hurricane, tropical storm, and tornados of September and October, you would think that a great nest like this would be scooped up quickly, but even though owls, hawks, ospreys and even vultures have been frequent visitors, no one has moved in yet. However, we hope that’s about to change!

Lately, a pair of Ospreys have been visiting daily, and have been building up the nest material. They have even been seen mating at the nest, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that they may take up residence!

We haven’t got the dvr capability working this year, and are working hard on it since we know everyone wants to be able to look back and see what they might have missed… Stay tuned!


A Tale of Two Storms

October 7, 2016 by Rick Cunningham

One month ago we were hunkered down, preparing for Hurricane Hermine. The storm arrived, and what we feared was the heavy rains and wind blown debris backing up street drains and causing water to backup and flood in some areas of the island. Public Works folks were out making sure everything was kept clear all night long on Sept 2, when a tornado was spawned by the storm. It cut a 1.6 mile swath across the island, destroying or damaging dozens of homes and snapping hundreds and hundreds of large trees. Amazingly enough, no one was killed or injured, and most of the island is back to normal now, with the obvious exception of those whose houses were destroyed or badly damaged.

screen-shot-2016-10-07-at-7-35-38-amOnce the storm passed, we leased an 85 foot lift and went up to repair and remount the cameras. Take a look at the facebook page to see the progress of that work. The final result is three camera, one on the nest tree, and two mounted on a nearby tree pointing at the nest. Great news, right?

But now, just a month later, the entire GA coast from I95 east is under a mandatory evacuation order because of the approach of Hurricane Matthew. My wife and I are in Atlanta – on Wednesday we look at the predicted sustained winds over 80 mph, to last for a 24 hour period, and decided that discretion is the better part of valor. I’m not scared of heights, but I’m very respectful of hurricanes!

And as we went to bed last night, the sustained winds were still predicted to be in the 70’s, and we really wondered just how bad the damage would be and how many of us would return to wind and storm battered and possibly destroyed homes.

But this morning, as we took a new look at the predictions, the peak sustained winds were now predicted to be just below 50 mph. A HUGE difference, apparently being made by a very slight eastward shift of the projected track. The wind force is proportional to the square of the wind speed. The force from 86 mph winds is nearly 3 times worse than that from 46 mph winds, so we’re cautiously optimistic that the damages from the storm will be considerably less than previously feared.

But we can’t forget that this will still be a considerably more violent storm than Hermine, so there’s still very real danger to life and property, And the storm surge is predicted to be from 7 to 11 feet, so there’s still serious risk of wind driven tidal flooding, and I fear that many homes will be badly damaged by flooding as well as the inevitable felled trees. While things are looking better, they’re still looking very dangerous, so it’s a very good thing that people have for the most part heeded the evacuation orders. We hope and pray that any who may have stayed behind will be all right during the next 24 hours of severe weather. Stay tuned!



Getting Prepped for The Storm

September 1, 2016 by Rick Cunningham

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.08.21 AMIn the calm before the storm, with Tropical Storm Hermine off the coast of Florida, and then headed our way, we’re trying to make sure that we are ready for repairs to the cameras and their mounts when the storm clears. As you might be able to see in the chart on the right, this particular weather forecast has us getting winds of 39 mph on Friday Sept 2. Total rainfall may be 2-3 inches over Thursday and Friday. It then may clear up and give us a few days to dry enough to be able to get the lift out to the tree on Tuesday.

The storm currently has winds of 65 its and would be upgraded to a Cat1 hurricane if they reached 75. Once it makes landfall, Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 9.31.21 AMthe winds should start to subside, but there’s another system that will collide with it and may keep the winds up. The best thing we’ve heard lately is that the track is probably going to move a bit inland, which will mean that the storm surge and coastal flooding in the Savannah area will be reduced. The folks in Florida’s Big Bend area aren’t so lucky – if it does turn into a hurricane before hitting land, they will get the full force of it at landfall. The worst flood and storm surge effects will be to the right side of the track, in this case east and south along the Fla west coast, as far south as Tampa.

Here’s a graphic showing the latest compendium of computer models. All of them have the center of the storm passing to the west of Savannah, and the further inland, the less energy it picks up and the less the storm surge.

Tim Sears Design Page 2And…. we’re working on a new design based on this sketch from Tim Sears, HDonTap founder and our benefactor, that may let us keep both cameras mounted on the nest tree. Remember, without it’s branches, it’s a lot like a great big utility pole with a nest on top. Mounting cameras on poles usually  requires a bit of a cantilevered platform, which is what’s shown there. I shot some more drone video this morning to make sure that we understand where the attachments to the tree can be placed so that we can figure out what sizes of lumber will be required. Stay tuned for an actual proposed design.



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