A home for our Ospreys!
Our wonderful Osprey platform is up! Just next to the Nature Discovery Space opposite the Cable Station in South Cottesloe it has sweeping views of the ocean. A perfect home for our local osprey family.
Having a safe home for our local Ospreys has been a long held dream for Robyn. Their attempts to raise chicks on a nearby Norfolk pine have been thwarted each year with strong winds destroying the nest. Nesting season has finished for this year but we hope they will check it out for next year.
In March 2021 we were delighted to receive funding from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions for the construction of the platform. Then started the long and at times arduous process for Team Osprey. We were incredibly lucky to have two dedicated engineers Peter Ewing and Matt Davis who navigated all the technical and bureaucratic challenges that came along. They were supported and encouraged by Robyn and Mike, the other members of Team Osprey.
Their efforts all came to fruition this week when the truck arrived with the 12 metre pole. Before that the steel basket that formed the base of the nest had arrived and been carefully lined with branches creating an inviting nesting space. The finishing touch was a web cam which will be activated when the ospreys arrive.
Lifting the platform into place was a sight to behold and again we were lucky with our expert crane driver from Myaree Cranes – this is his second osprey nest installation. You can see all the action below.
And to find our more about our local Ospreys this video Osprey Optics by Gary Tate is well worth a watch.
To see a slide show click on an image.