Osprey House

Osprey House

Discover the rich bird and marine life of the Pine River as you explore the wheelchair friendly boardwalks surrounding Osprey House. Perfect for bird watchers or nature enthusiasts, the Osprey House boardwalks include an amphitheatre, bird hide and viewing platform.

Inside the environment centre you can see our life-sized Dugong statue and learn about the importance of a mangrove habitat with our educational displays. Osprey House is also home to a specifically built raptor pole equipped with CCTV allowing you to watch live footage of our resident nesting Ospreys from inside the centre. This footage is recorded and documented by our dedicated volunteers. The centre is free of charge to enter and you can also check out the habitat tree display.

View our brochure(PDF, 1MB) for further information.

Note: Osprey House grounds are not bookable spaces and dogs are not allowed on site (service dogs excepted). 

Osprey nest

A specifically designed raptor pole and monitoring camera were installed at Osprey House in September 2006 and saw the first nesting pair arrive by 2008. The first successful hatching occurred in July 2009, who fledged approximately two and a half months later. After several changes in adult pairs, we saw the current breeding pair, Hope and George occupy at the nest in May 2018. Their first successful offspring Pippin, who fledged in 2019 is still sporadically seen visiting the nest. Three eggs were laid in June 2020 with one chick surviving, watch its development over the first eight weeks. In June 2021, another three eggs were laid. This time, two chicks survived and you can watch as they grow and take their first independent flight. 

2020 hatchling

Watch our osprey chick - hatched 2020

2021 hatchlings

Watch our osprey chicks grow - hatched 2021

Over the first eight weeks the chick develops flight feathers and tests its wingspan. Regular fish is supplied by both parents and at two months old it begins to tear food apart itself with its sharp beak. The chick will stay in the nest for up to 12 months before it takes flight and uses those large talons to catch fish of its own.

Visit the centre to watch the live feed.

Features

  • Osprey nest CCTV viewing
  • Mangrove boardwalk
  • River viewing platform and bird hide
  • Small playground
  • Picnic benches and barbecue

Location

975 Dohles Rocks Road, Griffin 4503  View map

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