The nest camera of the University of Turku and Turku University of Applied Sciences provides live video of ospreys and other bird species visiting the artificial nest, situated about 35 m up in a lighted 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.
The current camera (Milesight Pro Ptz Dome 5 mp) has been in operation since December 2018. The 1080p live stream is transmitted from the nest to Youtube and Saaristomeri.utu.fi using two nanobeam antennas. Due to the camera’s location, storms etc. may cause sudden power outages which will interrupt the feed. Any issues with the feed will be resolved as soon as possible.
The camera is maintained by the University of Turku and the Turku University of Applied Sciences. When sharing videos and images from the nest to social media, please use hashtags #seiliospreys, #uniturku #turunamk
Seili osprey live camera is supported by the Finnish Foundation for Nature Conservation’s Baltic Sea Fund.
The history of the nest
The nest camera was installed to the osprey 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.
|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|
|2019||4.4.||The camera’s position was changed 26.3 and a sitting perch was also installed.The microphone is at the moment turned off due to technical issues|
|2018||* Several individuals sited||9.4.||Several ospreys sited at the nest but no nesting.
New nest camera installed on December 11 2018
|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.|
|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.|
– information not available
Information in this table has been collected from project reports and Saaristomeri.utu.fi & luotio.fi discussion forums.