Florida has an Eagle Cam and it is focused on Ozzie and Harriet’s huge Eagle nest! The Eagles have painstakingly built a nest in an 8o foot Pine tree! Yes, there are pine trees in Florida… lots of them nestled in among the palms.
The website is listed at the end of my post and after a brief 26 second ad….I know, I know, sorry, I have nothing to do with that!….;( ….you will see a live feed!
Ozzie and Harriet — a couple believed to have been together for more than 20 years — is a well-known pair of bald eagles who produced two eggs in a massive North Fort Myers nest. The duo has raised at least 7 baby eaglets…that we know of.
Their day-to-day lives are broadcast online — streamed live 24 hours a day thanks to a video camera installed by the property owners, the Prichett family. Ozzie and Harriet have business cards, a Facebook page (Southwest Florida Eagle Cam) and a Twitter account (SWFLEagleCam).
Incubation lasts 35 days and the birds fledge, or leave the nest about 11 weeks later. The eaglets will hatch in the order they were laid, which could mean one of Ozzie and Harriet’s offspring will emerge days older than the other. Ozzie and Harriet have fledged two eaglets on several occasions and three eaglets at least once.
At 6:01 pm yesterday, December 23rd, the hatching started! About 11:46 pm, Harriet moved slightly to reveal that one new baby has come into the world! (I was watching! So excited)… Harriet assisted with the birth and she is such a good Mother…. Remember, she has done this before… Well, she and Ozzie have done this before!!!
And all the Captain and I have to do is drive across the bridge and stand in a designated area at least 700 feet from the tall tree … and with binoculars we can see the comings and goings of these Bald Eagles…which by the way are definitely not bald, but have beautiful white feathers that set off their darker feathered bodies. Believe me when I say these Majestic Birds are protected…if winds interrupt the live streaming, no one…I mean no one goes near the camera and nest until the birds have left the nest which usually happens during the summer months. Most bald eagles that nest in our area migrate to the Chesapeake Bay area off Virginia and Maryland during the summer months. They return each year in October.
These new babies make a wonderful Christmas present to the world! Thanks Ozzie! Thanks Harriet!
FYI..2287 viewers are on-line right now looking at the live feed…with total viewers of 19,151,714 which change second by second. Ozzie and Harriet are viewed from all over the world! Pretty popular here in Florida too..:)
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