Sääksilive (Osprey Cam in Finland)

The City of Kuopio will also this year, in cooperation with Pohjanmaan merikotkat ry, put in place an osprey cam in the area of the Kuopio National Urban Park, in a nest located in South Kallavesi. Cooperation with Pohjanmaan Merikotkat ry began in 2022.

Ospreys have returned from Africa back to their nesting area in mid-April. Egg-laying is expected to take place soon. Usually the female lays three eggs, one every two to three days. The brooding begins immediately.

During the live broadcast, you can watch, among other things, the laying and improvement of the nest, egg-laying and brooding, the hatching of the osprey chicks and departure for the return migration. The broadcast will be displayed until mid-September.

The events in the nest can be viewed retrospectively from the monitoring for a period of 12 hours. The camera image is also broadcast at night.

A weather-protected microphone camera is installed above the level of the nest. The power supply for image transmission is based on a solar electric system. There may be occasional technical disturbances in the video connection. The camera is installed by climbing the nest well in the spring before the ospreys return from their migration. The ospreys do not shy away from the camera that has appeared in the nest.

The ospreys in Kuopio National Urban Park were named Hilima and Onni as a result of the public vote in a year 2022.

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Ole hyvä ja hyväksy markkinointievästeet nähdäksesi tämän sisällön.

If the video does not appear, you can also access it from this link (YouTube).

Events of the nest

  • in April
    • The ospreys arrive on their nesting territories in North Savo.
    • The male usually arrives first and then the female.
    • The egg-laying usually starts soon after entering the nest.
  • in May
    • The ospreys brood their eggs. The brooding takes about five weeks.
  • in June
    • The chicks began hatching.
  • July–August
    • Take-off at the turn of July and August, at seven to eight weeks old.
  • in September
    • The last osprey usually leaves for a return migration before mid-September.
    • The female leaves first, then the chicks one at a time, and the male is the last to leave the nest.

The ospreys do well in Finland and in North Savo

The osprey has spread almost everywhere on the planet. It nests throughout Finland, wherever suitable nesting sites and fishing waters are available. In North Savo, too, most of the ospreys used nest in mires, but today typical nesting environments are the shores, islets and islands of water bodies.

Coming to the 1970s, the osprey was about to disappear from Finland, just like white-tailed eagle had. At that time, a large rescue plan was launched for saving the osprey and Finnish Osprey Foundation was established to coordinate the rescue programme. The bird ringers started building artificial nests everywhere in Finland.

The number of brooding couples in Finland is well over one thousand and the population is viable. The osprey population in North Savo is doing well and is still growing. In Kuopio, the number of ospreys only increased in the 2000s. In Kallavesi, the population has grown in more than ten years from individual pairs to approximately 20 pairs.

It is not easy to distinguish between the male and the female. A brown breast belt is stronger and more uniform on a female than on a male who does not always have it at all. The female is also larger, as is customary for birds of prey. The gender of an individual bird is difficult to determine.

Contact information

Heli Laurinen

Master Planning Officer

+358 44 718 5430


Heikki Soininen

City forest officer

+358 44 718 5269


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