Robinson Tower Cam Live Feed
The tower cam is at the top of the tower at Robinson Preserve. The Camera rotates in nine directions to show the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, walking paths, osprey nests, salt marshes and natural habitats throughout Robinson Preserve.
Live view from the tower at Robinson Preserve
Views From the Tower:
The Osprey Nest
This is one of several active osprey nesting platforms within the preserve. The main diet of the osprey is fish, so you may see them soaring overhead, looking for lunch in the water below.
Mangroves are trees that are capable of living in or near saltwater. The Mangrove Fringe borders the costal portions of Robinson Preserve, like this section near Manatee Ave.
The river overlooked by the tower is a tidal creek. This means that saltwater is pulled through as the tides change. This creek connects Tampa Bay to the north, Perico Bayou to the west, and Palma Sola Bay to the south.
Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge
The view looking north from Robinson Preserve encompasses Tampa Bay and the Skyway Bridge.
The salt marsh is dominated by salt-tolerant plants such as marsh grass. This area can become flooded by saltwater during high tides.
This is where the salt marsh meets the water. At the foot of the many mangroves and salt marsh plants you can find thousands of fiddler crabs, juvenile fish and various wading birds.
The white sandy areas of the salt marsh are known as salt tern. These places are too salty for most plants to grow, but provide important nesting habitat for several species of shorebird.
The osprey loop branches off the main trail near the entrance to Robinson Preserve. This 3-mile loop will take you past the observation tower, down the boardwalk and along Tampa Bay before returning to the main trail.
Osprey Loop Boardwalk
This boardwalk follows the kayak trail out to Tampa Bay. It is a favored area for hikers and kayakers alike.