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Big Day at the RVAOspreyCam!

Andy Thompson

@richmondoutside
April 19, 2017 11:04am

Ospreys swirled around RichmondOutside’s Ryan Abrahamsen yesterday as he worked to fix the internet feed at the cam site.

It’s been a crazy few days in RVA Osprey World. Last Thursday our internet signal started to degrade due to interference from other signals near our ethernet bridge on a rooftop in Manchester. It’s complicated, but the bottom line is that yesterday we had to raft out to the cam site, climb the old bridge piling, and reset the receiver right next to the camera. It took maybe 90 seconds. Our osprey friends weren’t happy. They dive bombed us a couple of times, but, as you can tell from the current feed, they went back to the eggs after we left. And the feed is back up!

That brings is to the even bigger news: Today is the first day the first of the three eggs could hatch. Osprey eggs incubate from 34-40 days. Today is Day 34 for egg No. 1. Crunching the numbers, egg No. 2 could hatch starting on Friday and egg No. 3 on Saturday.

This is going to be better than April the giraffe. Trust us! This is real, wild nature. The parents will bring fish back to the nest. Eagles could attack. Who knows what may happen with three new mouths to feed?

Click here for the live feed.


About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?


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