The nest cam project

The osprey cam on the island of Seili, in the middle region of the Archipelago Sea (SW Finland), provides live video of ospreys and other bird species visiting the nest. The camera is located in an artificial nest, situated about 35 m up in a leading mark. Viewers may watch the web camera year-round, 24-hours a day. An osprey couple called Tilda (female) and Vasuri (male) have been nesting here since 2011.

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, 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.

When posting photos/videos from the nest to various social media locations, we request that you include the following information at the end of your photo/video caption: Turku University of Applied Sciences/University of Turku. Thank you for your cooperation!

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 the Saaristomeri.info and BalticSeaNow projects (TUAS), 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, therefore, the table might include some errors. 

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 9.4.
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 the nesting fails.           Several ospreys are observed at the nest in addition to Eeli and Ristipää, some of which are named Soma (F) and Vasuri (M)
2009   5.4. 30.4. No info available No info available No info available No info available The camera broke in a thunderstorm and it was not possible to fix it until 2.7. Therefore, some information is lost.
2008 To be updated To be updated To be updated To be updated To be updated To be updated To be updated Saaristomeri.info project maintains the camera.
2007 To be updated To be updated To be updated To be updated To be updated To be updated To be updated  
2006 Tapani (M) & Liisa (F) To be updated To be updated To be updated To be updated To be updated To be updated University of Turku Applied Sciences (TUAS) installs the camera as part of their Natureit.IT project