Talk about mother love.
The female osprey on the Friends of Island Beach's "osprey cam" didn't budge on a cold, wet, lonely night on top of the nest near the park's interpretive center.
The bird swaddled her eggs with her wings as the rain from yesterday's Nor'easter came down in sheets and the nest - 40 feet up in the air - swayed in the gale-force winds.
"Poor mama," wrote Marge Wells Anacker on the group's Facebook page. "That's total dedication. I hope and eggs survive (and Mama too)."
Today things are drying out. And visitors to the nonprofit group's website and Facebook page have discovered the birds are now guarding three eggs.
The non-profit Friends group purchased the camera and the solar panels to power the camera for about $10,000 back in October to prepare for the spring return. The camera is equipped with night vision and runs 24 hours a day, said Rita Carey, who chairs the Friends' "Osprey Cam" committee.
"It takes a lot of focus and team work to monitor the camera and respond when needed, so please consider making a donation to FOIBSP," the Facebook page states. Thank you for your continued support!"
Berkeley Patch plans to keep the "osprey cam" a running feature so visitors can watch as the eggs hatch and the chicks emerge.
There are about 30 osprey nests mounted throughout the park and the nearby Sedge Islands, Carey said.
You can watch the osprey cam streaming live on the Friends' website, here, and follow their progress as they prepare for and raise their chicks.
For more information on the Friends, visit their website, here.