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HHI Raptor Cam

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In 2021 our Cam captured thousands as our nest was host to a pair of Bald Eagles and their Eaglets. 

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This is a wild formerly eagle nest and now an Osprey pair has adopted the nest, and anything can happen. While we hope that all eggs hatch and grow to be healthy and successful fledges each season, things like sibling rivalry, predators, illness, natural disasters as well as territorial disputes can affect the wildlife. Nature may be difficult to watch. 

About seeing the nest at night: We have an IR camera using infrared lighting that is imperceptible to the eagles. If you were to visit the nest site in person at night, it would look completely dark.

Ospreys are wild birds and anything can happen. This Cam does not interfere or intervene and allows nature to take its course. This live stream is intended to educate the viewers by showing nature in an unguarded fashion. You will see nature at its best, and possibly its worst. You will see life being started and sustained, in very natural ways. It is nature at her finest.

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Milestones:

  • First egg laid, November 19th, 2021

  • Second egg laid, November 22nd, 2021

  • First Pip on 12/25/2021

  • First Eaglet HH3 hatched on 12/26/2021 and Second Eaglet HH4 hatched on 12/27/2021

  • 9/14/2022- MITCH AND HARRIET came back but for some reason did not select this nest for the 2023 season.

  • 1/5/2023 - Two Great Horned Owls ("GHO") have been frequent visitors and appear to have taken over the nest.  Food has been brought into the nest and work has been in progress to hopefully make this nest their location to lay eggs. 

  • 3/8/2023 - Osprey pair checks out the nest and appears to have adopted the nest for the Spring nesting season.  Nesting material is being brought into the nest making it osprey ready.

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It appears the Ospreys have selected this nest as their 2023 Nesting location.  This should be a great adventure to watch the now Raptor CAM.

The GHOs have been seen at night from time to time.  Possibly this was a practice season for them to get them ready for next year.  Hilton Head Island Land Trust Owls featured in the local newspaper:  Owls claim old Hilton Head Island SC eagle nest | Hilton Head Island Packet.  

The Ospreys have names - Charles and Charlotte.  Thanks to everyone that participated in the naming contest.  

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