The nest cam project

Seili nest camera provides live video of ospreys and other bird species visiting the artificial nest, situated about 35 m up in a leading mark. The camera is located on the island of Seili in the middle region of the Archipelago Sea, SW Finland. Viewers may watch the web camera year-round, 24-hours a day.

C: Sami Lyytinen/Turku University of Applied Sciences

The current camera (AXIS P1344-E) has been in operation since 2012. The latest addition to the camera is a microphone, which was added to the assembly in 2016.The live stream is transmitted from the nest to Youtube and Saaristomeri.utu.fi using two nanobeam antennas. Due to the camera’s location, any potential problems can only be resolved remotely or during ringing in late June-early July. Recently, the Finnish Foundation for Nature Conservation awarded a grant for the Archipelago Research Institute for a new live camera. The new camera (Milesight Pro PTZ Dome 5) will be installed later this year.

When posting photos/videos from the nest to various social media locations, we request that you include a date and the name of the content provider at the end of your photo/video caption: Turku University of Applied Sciences & University of Turku.

The history of the nest

The osprey nest camera was installed to the nest in 2006 by the Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) with the help of Archipelago Research Institute’s (University of Turku) infrastructure. At the beginning, the camera was maintained as part of NatureIT project, coordinated by TUAS, and later continued as part of TUAS projects Saaristomeri.info and BalticSeaNow, focusing on science communication and environmental education. Since 2015, the Archipelago Research Institute has fully participated in the maintenance and funding of the web camera and connections.

Information in this table has been collected from project reports and Saaristomeri.utu.fi & luotio.fi discussion forums.

Year Nesting osprey couple First sighting First egg laid 1. chick hatched 2. chick hatched 3. chick hatched Incubation period (days) of the 1. chick More information
2018 * Several individuals sited 9.4. Several ospreys sited at the nest but no nesting.

The Finnish Foundation for Nature Conservation awarded a grant for a new live camera. The new camera will be installed later this year.

2017 Vasuri (M) & Tilda (F) 3.4. 16.4. 25.5. 27.5. 27.5. 39 Tilda disappeared 27.6 and one of the chicks died 13.7 seemingly due to sibling rivalry
2016 Vasuri & Tilda 2.4. 21.4. 28.5. 31.5.   37 Live audio is included
2015 Vasuri & Tilda 10.4. 21.4. 31.5. 31.5.   40 The University of Turku starts to maintain the camera 
2014 Vasuri & Tilda 10.4. 23.4. 1.6. 2.6. 3.6. 39  
2013 Vasuri & Tilda 11.4. 28.4. 6.6. 6.6. 8.8. 39  
2012 Vasuri & Tilda 10.4. 3.5. 4.6. 4.6. 6.6. 32 BalticSeaNow-project starts to maintain the camera. New camera and a nesting platform is added.
2011 Vasuri & Tilda 13.4. 3.5. 12.6. 12.6. 14.6. 40 Several ospreys are observed to visit the nest. Vasuri prevails and mates with a female named Tilda. 
2010 Eeli (M) & Ristipää (F) *  8.4. *First egg is laid 28.4 but nesting fails.           Several ospreys are observed at the nest, Soma (F) and Vasuri (M) were named in addition to Eeli and Ristipää, 
2009 5.4. 30.4. Some information lost due to a thunderstorm
2008 Saaristomeri.info project maintains the camera.
2007  
2006 Tapani (M) & Liisa (F) 3.5. TUAS installs the camera as part of  Natureit.IT project. The osprey couple lays three eggs, additional information not available.

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