The Latest from RSPB Web Cams
This year’s nesting season is well underway, and our all-star line-up is keeping us on the edge of our seats. Our nest cams give you a peep into nest life with goshawks, ospreys, puffins, and even bee-eaters joining us this year. Our parent birds have been busy feeding ever-hungry chicks as they get ready to say farewell to their fledglings. Make yourself a cuppa and sit back to enjoy a glimpse into the secret world of raising chicks.
Don’t miss a moment of nesting season drama with our RSPB nest cams
Forget the Love Island villa in Mallorca or the Big Brother house in Elstree – RSPB reserves around the country are where the reality TV action is really at.
Whether the chicks are squabbling over the juiciest scraps or taking their first tentative steps, our live streams give you a behind-the-scenes look at all the goings-on. Here are all the nest cams you’ll want to tune into over the coming weeks and everything you need to know about our star-studded line-up.
Join in the fun with our Bee-Eaters at Trimingham
First up are our surprise special guests this year – bee-eaters in Norfolk! Making their grand entrance earlier in the year, these rare, colourful birds have set up a small colony in Norfolk. Typically, bee-eaters nest in southern Europe and north Africa, but this small flock of seven have selected a disused quarry near Cromer.
They wasted no time in digging new homes, and now have eggs in several burrows and chicks in one nest. Parents mate for life, and with both males and females taking their turn to incubate the eggs (up to 10 per nest!), bee-eaters make for real power couples. Once the chicks hatch, it’s not uncommon for new parents to receive help with their brood, with other members of the colony chipping in with feeding duties.
The arrival of these bee-eaters in the UK, while exciting, is a stark reminder of our overheating planet. If we don’t take action to curb greenhouse gas emissions, searing temperatures, disruption and increased threats to wildlife will be in store for all of us.
Take to the treetops with our Ospreys at Loch Garten
The ospreys are the perfectionists of our line-up – they’re constantly rearranging their nests to make them the ideal shape for looking after their hatchlings. This is a partnership that can really go the distance, as in all the way to the top of a very tall tree. Ospreys can nest in cliff ledges, coastal rocks and even on electricity pylons, but treetops, especially conifers, are their preference. And that’s where our Loch Garten nest cam will take you. It’s a bit windy up there but the ospreys love it.
Both osprey chicks are well on their way to becoming prodigies. Osprey parents divide nesting duties, with the female feeding and guarding the chicks and the male doing most of the hunting. Dad Axel has been treating Mum Asha and chicks by catching and bringing back salmon, which is generally thought to be too heavy for ospreys. Fancy that!
After a few weeks of poor nest cam visibility (thanks to a splattering of poo!), the cam was wiped clear by our volunteers, who also managed to ring the two chicks.
Don’t miss the drama with our Goshawks at Abernethy
Goshawks are a rare species – reality stars who prefer to keep things private. While they may be shy and elusive, you’ll still get a dose of drama as these birds are seriously aggressive hunters.
This nest has hatched not one, not two, but three goshawk chicks this year, and as predicted, there is some serious sibling rivalry up in the treetops. Squabbling at mealtimes, bickering over nest space, these chicks are raring to stretch their wings.
The nest is located in Abernethy Forest at our Loch Garten reserve where the birds weave between the pines. They’re such graceful movers, they wouldn’t be out of place on the Strictly Come Dancing line-up. It takes some time before chicks can fly with quite the same style, which is why you may see them limbering up on a branch near the nest before fledging.
Join in the fun with our White-tailed Eagles in Scotland
A pair of white-tailed eagles on Mull, Scotland, have recently celebrated their 25th anniversary by successfully fledging their 25th chick! Skye and Frisa are the UK’s oldest known white-tailed eagle pair, at 28 and 30 years old, respectively. They had their first chick in 1998, and this year’s fledgling is the latest addition to the large family tree.
Photo credit: Steve Bentall
Over in Loch Garten, one of Skye and Frisa’s descendants, Finn, is raising his first two chicks with partner, Shona. RSPB Mull Officer, Dave Sexton, said “What an incredible achievement for Skye and Frisa after 25 years together. Their 25th chick is now out of the nest and well on her way to independence. I love the family connections, right up to date with Finn and Shona in the Cairngorms.”
Our white-tailed eagle cams aren't available online, but visitors to our Loch Garten Nature Reserve can get the chance to watch the cameras live.
Keep a weather eye on our Pufflings at Coquet Island
UPDATE: Our puffling has now fledged! It’s off out into the big wide world for this fluffball, so our puffin nest cam is now off. If you missed the action, you can still catch up on our the footage from earlier this year.
Coquet Island is to seabirds what Mallorca is to Love Island castmates – a sanctuary where they can rest alongside other worldies (birds who travel the world’s skies and seas). When it comes to relationships, puffins are some of the most loyal islanders, mating for life. Our nest cam takes you inside their custom-built burrow (only the best for our islanders).
While one parent typically stays to keep an eye on the chick, the other goes out fishing, often returning with up to 10 fish in its beak. A puffling can eat anywhere from 5-15 meals a day and expects a fresh, fishy dish each time. Talk about a demanding co-star!