Apr 1, 2024 - News

Live video captures osprey chicks hatching. One more is on the way

A side-by-side photo of an osprey with its eggs and after two hatched

One of the osprey parents with its eggs (left) and after two hatched (right). Screenshots: University of Florida Osprey Cam

A family of osprey at the University of Florida is growing — and you can tune into the cuteness via a live video feed.

The latest: Two baby chicks hatched Sunday, and parents Stella and Talon are awaiting the birth of a third, the Florida Times-Union reports.

  • The couple have created a 100-pound nest from moss, twigs and other material on top of a light pole near a softball field on the Gainesville campus.

Catch up quick: The fish hawks, known for their marine dive-bomb attacks, have called UF their seasonal home for the past two years, according to a press release.

  • Early this year, Stella began laying the eggs in her nest 75 feet above the softball field, now nicknamed "Home Plate" or "the Cheap Seats."
  • UF wildlife ecology and conservation professor Mark Hostetler and his team used a boom crane to position a camera above a nesting site.

The intrigue: Hostetler predicted the first of three eggs wouldn't hatch until Tuesday, but nature was impatient.

  • It's anyone's guess when the third will hatch, but you can watch it live on the Osprey Cam — or just tune in to hear the baby chicks crying for food.

Our thought bubble: Martin and Axios Tampa Bay's Kathryn Varn are hooked on the video feed and rooting for the osprey family to thrive!

  • Kathryn says she became emotional seeing an osprey so up close. "If you think that's weird, I don't want to hear it! Birds are awesome!"

Watch the live feed here

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