Follow the Ospreys with Google Earth

It is now possible to follow the progress of the Ospreys using the Earth Simulator – Google Earth.

Google Earth is free to download and use. Please follow these step by step instructions to get up and running with Google Earth on your computer, and link to the Osprey migration satellite tracking data.

1. Click Here to download Google Earth to your computer. Click the Agree and Download button as shown below:

Click the “Agree and Download” button.


2. Once it has finished downloading (less than a minute on a broadband internet connection) start the Google Earth application.

3. Close the Tip of the day box.

4. In the menu along the top, click the Add option, and then click Network Link as shown below:

Go to “Add” and then click “Network Link”


5. In the Network Link dialog box, enter Rutland Ospreys Migration in the Name field, and enter in the Link field. If you would like to view the 2011-2012 migration of Ospreys 09 and AW, please enter instead. Then click the OK button at the bottom of the window as shown below:

Populate the “Name” and “Link” fields with the right data, and then click “OK”


6. Rutland Ospreys Migration should now be shown in your Places column on the left hand side of the Google Earth window:

“Rutland Ospreys Migration” should now appear in your “places” panel


7. Double click Rutland Ospreys Migration to see the full route in your Earth browser window:

Double click “Rutland Ospreys Migration” to see the full route.


8. Double click in the Earth browser window, or use the controls on the right to pan, tilt and zoom the camera, and get a fantastic up-close look at exactly where the osprey has been on it’s long journey south:

Interact with the Earth browser using your mouse. Try double clicking, dragging and using the mouse wheel. You can also use the pan, tilt and zoom controls on the right hand side


9. Now that you have added the Rutland Osprey Migration network link to your copy of Google Earth, it will still be there every time you open the application. The Osprey satellite data is updated every 3 days. To make sure you are seeing the latest version, just right-click (mac users: “ctrl-click”) on Rutland Ospreys Migration in your places panel, and then select Refresh. The migration routes will then be updated to their latest versions.

RIght-click on “Rutland Osprey Migration” and select “Refresh” to get the latest data

10. That’s it! Explore and enjoy!