About the OspreyCam


Alcoa launched the OspreyCam in May 2012.  The OspreyCam is a live webcam that follows a pair of osprey (named Oliveea and Oscar by Alcoa employees) at Badin Lake.  They return year after year to a nest situated atop the Narrows Dam. The OspreyCam has received more than 541,000 hits from 87 countries since it was introduced.

The OspreyCam has captured the hatching of three baby chicks. Over the next two months, viewers can watch the parents feed and care for the chicks as they grow and prepare to take flight. Osprey chicks usually fledge — or leave the nest for their first flight — in late June or early July. The chicks can be seen making practice flights across the nest as they get ready to take flight.

“It’s a great way to see the wonder of nature, right here in our own backyard,” said Mark Gross, technical manager for Alcoa Power Generating Inc. “It’s fascinating to watch these little chicks grow and take flights.”


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Recent posts

What Happened To The Sound?
A Full Nest!
A Second Osprey Egg Has Arrived
We Have An Egg!
Working To Improve The Experience
Osprey 101: Facts + Figures
The Osprey Are Back!
Bidding Farewell to our Osprey Chicks
Ready To Take Flight
Meet Alcoa's Other Ospreys
No Relief From The Heat
Chicks are growing fast
Two Happy Chicks
Happy Mother's Day!
Still Waiting...
Sunday, May 1, 2016

What Happened To The Sound?

Hearing the sounds of nature is one of the best aspects of the Osprey Cam. Many of our viewers love to hear the chirping of the birds as they watch these magnificent birds prepare for the arrival of their newborn chicks.


We have investigated the problem surrounding the sound issues and believe the microphone located at the nest has malfunctioned. Unfortunately, this cannot be repaired or replaced without disrupting the birds and their nest. We apologize for the lack of sound, but hope you will continue to visit and keep an eye on our osprey.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A Full Nest!


Osprey 3 eggs


Our third egg has arrived! Thanks to Roberta and many of our other faithful viewers for spotting the third egg. Our osprey are still getting used to covering three eggs, but we have faith that they will sort it out.


It looks like our osprey will enjoy a sunny weekend, perfect for fishing along Badin Lake. Next week brings a chance of rain.

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Friday, April 1, 2016

A Second Osprey Egg Has Arrived



And then there were two... 


Many of our faithful viewers spotted a second egg in the osprey nest this morning. Keep watching to see if a third egg appears in the next few days. 

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

We Have An Egg!




One day after Easter, we spotted our first egg on the Osprey nest. Mom is taking good care of the egg, and hopefully there are more to come!


Ospreys usually lay three eggs, which typically hatch after 32-40 days. That means the first egg is likely to hatch in early May. 

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Working To Improve The Experience

Several people have commented recently on some of the technical issues we have been experiencing. We are working on fixing the sound and enhancing the picture. Thank you for your patience. We hope you be able to hear the birds chirping soon. 

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Osprey 101: Facts + Figures
To celebrate the return of the ospreys at Badin Lake, here are a few key facts you should know:
Ospreys are large birds — with a wingspan of 5-6 feet — that resemble bald eagles. The birds live along rivers, lakes and other large bodies of water where they can feed on fish. The open water and large tracts of undeveloped shoreline at the Yadkin Project provide the perfect setting for wildlife such as bald eagles, ospreys, great blue herons and great egrets.
* The average life span for an osprey in the wild is 30 years.
* Fish account for 99% of the osprey’s diet. Osprey hunt by diving to the water's surface from 30 to 100 feet up. They have gripping pads on their feet to help them pluck fish from the water with their curved claws and carry them back to the nest.
* The osprey can be found on every continent except Antarctica.
* Ospreys are sometimes referred to as fish eagles, sea hawks or river hawks. Osprey are the inspiration behind nicknames for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Osprey Are Back!

Our osprey returned last week and are busy bringing sticks, twigs and other materials to the nesting box atop the Narrows Dam at Badin Lake. We hope to see the arrival of the first egg in early April so keep watching. 


Alcoa currently has 10 osprey nesting sites along Badin Lake. Three new nesting sites were added along the transmission towers this year and another four sites were upgraded. In addition to our beloved pair of osprey in this nest, you will see plenty of other osprey flying in the background.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Bidding Farewell to our Osprey Chicks

What an amazing year it has been! All of the new Osprey chicks are busy flying and exploring their new surroundings, while still perfecting the art of diving and catching fish.


Thank you ALL for watching and keeping us up to date on the progress of our chicks this year. We can only watch the OspreyCam on occasion, but your posts, comments and tweets help us tremendously.  


There were more than 15 osprey chicks within a three mile radius around our OspreyCam this year, including four healthy chicks at Falls. It is such a pleasure to see these beautiful chicks sit along the river in trees or on top of dam calling out to each other. 


As our Osprey season draws to a close, we will take the camera down at different times for maintenance and other work over the next few weeks. We can't wait to see what next year brings!

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ready To Take Flight

Our osprey are growing strong and getting ready to spread their wings. We have started seeing other young Osprey in the area taking their first flights. They haven’t completely learned how to steer yet and their landing is not so graceful, but they seem to be enjoying their new found freedom!

Our youngsters are working hard getting ready for their first flight. A lot of stretching and flapping as they try to lift off the nest. They are getting braver each day! Thank goodness the weather is a little cooler this week. Mom is not having to work so hard to keep them cool so she can concentrate on just bringing in the food.

Hope everyone has a Happy Fourth of July! Stay safe on the lakes!

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Meet Alcoa's Other Ospreys

Our happy family of ospreys live atop the dam at Badin Lake on North Carolina's Yadkin River. But just downstream, there's another family of ospreys at the Falls Dam.

We recently visited that nest and spotted four osprey chicks. We weren't able to capture all four in a photo, but here's a look at Mama and three of her chicks.


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Thursday, June 11, 2015

No Relief From The Heat

Mom will have to shade the Osprey chicks this week. Temperatures will stay in the 90s into next week with storms possible every afternoon. (Hopefully, the chicks will get a couple of cool baths in the next few days.)

Mom and Dad are doing a wonderful job bringing in fresh fish and protecting the little ones. Maybe Dad will let Mom catch dinner so she can cool off diving in search of fish!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Chicks are growing fast

Our Osprey chicks are growing like crazy. They seem to be doubling in size every week!

Mom and Dad are taking very good care of the chicks and keeping their bellies full of fresh fish. Dad has been very busy chasing buzzards with the other male Ospreys in the immediate area.

It's going to be a hot and muggy week with temperatures soaring into the upper 80’s with a chance of storms in the afternoon. Mom will need to use her umbrella this week to keep the babies out of the hot sun.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Two Happy Chicks

We have two happy chicks in the nest this afternoon. It looks like Mom and Dad are doing a great job taking care of the chicks and making sure they have lots of fish to eat. 

There was some concern yesterday when we couldn't see both chicks. It's hard to know if the second chick was simply hiding or if the third egg has hatched. We'll keep our fingers crossed that we'll soon see a third chick.

The temperature is currently in the mid 70s, but it will start heating up again on Friday and into next week. Fortunately, Mom is doing a great job of using her wings to provide some much needed shade for these chicks.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

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Mother's Day -- what a perfect occasion for the arrival of this year's first Osprey chick. The egg hatched early this morning. It's a little hard to see, but the chick is currently in the lower part of the nest between the center and the right side of the nest. 


The new chick has a hot few days ahead. The temperature will reach the 90s the first part of the week with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms. We'll look for the next chick to hatch in the upcoming days.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Still Waiting...

Like an expectant father, we're all still waiting to see the first Osprey chick appear. 


If you happen to be one of the first to spot the new chick when it arrives, capture a photo and post it in the comments.

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