Rottnest Island: cameras in Osprey nests capture intimate moments between birds and chicks

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OSPREYS at Rottnest Island have been captured up close and personal for the first time thanks to the wonders of modern film technology.

Cameras placed in Osprey nests around the island have recorded incredible footage of the birds feeding their prey to their newborn babies.

Environmental operations co-ordinator Luke Wheat said the Rottnest Island Authority could now watch and monitor the growth and development of one of Rottnest’s iconic birds.

“Understanding the Osprey’s behaviour and the growth of their young gives us a better understanding of how we can protect the species and ensure no disruption to the Osprey’s natural environment and food supply,” he said.

“Rottnest Island is an A-Class reserve and all flora and fauna on the Island are protected by law, but we also want to increase the Osprey species on the Island.

“It is definitely worthwhile seeing these birds in action, plunging 40 metres feet first into the water to catch their prey.”

Osprey nests are some of the largest and durable natural structures in Western Australia, with some up to an incredible 70 years old.

There are at least 14 nest sites on Rottnest Island.

Click here to see the footage http://wildlife.rottnestisland.com/blog/new-osprey-births.

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