Osprey Habitats


A bird’s-eye view in real time

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Get up-close and personal with our resident ospreys via Web camera link

2019 Ospreys…

Our Osprey pair, Bea and Jasper, have returned, for the ninth year, to our platform located atop the communications tower behind our Hilton Head Island District office on Mathews Drive.

Palmetto Electric has been broadcasting our osprey cam since 2007. Since then we have had four different Osprey pairs occupying the nest.

General Information

Because we are part of the community we serve, Palmetto Electric Cooperative is concerned about protecting and preserving our environment. As with the Loggerhead Sea Turtles, we are also concerned with the preservation of Ospreys in the Lowcountry.

Thirty to 40 years ago Ospreys faced possible extinction, because the species ccouldn’t produce enough young to maintain the population. Since the ban of DDT (a powerful insecticide) in the early 1970s, the Ospreys have made a remarkable recovery. Other restoration strategies, such as artificial nest construction, also have helped.

For years electric transmission towers have served as nesting homes for the migratory Osprey. As you drive across the Intracoastal Waterway to Hilton Head Island, you can spot the Ospreys congregating on the towers during the spring and summer months. Another tower—in Palmetto Electric’s own backyard—has also served as home to Osprey since 1988.

Each spring our feathered friends return to reside high atop the communications tower that overlooks Palmetto Electric’s Hilton Head Island operations center. Bea and Jasper have returned again this year. Join Palmetto Electric as we get a bird’s-eye view thanks to a Web camera mounted nearby.

Learn more about Ospreys from our Osprey FAQ’s, read this year’s Osprey blog and view current Osprey photos as well as review past photographs from our Osprey gallery!

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Platform set in utility tower, overlooking intercoastal waterway at Hilton Head Island, is nesting home to migrating Ospreys each year.