The Circle of Life….
My dear readers, for those of you following the beautiful, majestic Bald Eagles of SW Florida along with me, ….the news is sad today.
Ozzie has died.
You will remember that Ozzie had been injured and rehabilitated and released back into the wild.
He was spotted at his nest a couple weeks ago, but his mate for life, Harriet’s new found “friend”…named Frequent Visitor…fought Ozzie in an aerial battle. Many thought Ozzie would be okay, but apparently his injuries were more severe as he was found in a North Ft Myers back yard unable to fly.
I knew this was “big news” here in SW Florida, but newspapers from around the world talked about Ozzie. USA Today and The Washington Post just to name two.
Ozzie and Harriet had been together for over 20 years, raising many little eaglets.
The video camera installed in 2012 captured so many real life moments of this pair of eagles as the 24 hour live stream attracted more than 40 million views from all over the world…and Ozzie and Harriet became this region’s most celebrated couple.
Yes, I not only visited the nest site to see them in person, I also sat mesmerized watching the day in and day out happenings of an Eagle’s nest.
As I reported in another post, Harriet didn’t know that Ozzie had been injured and he was gone from the area for several months. When he returned on the 19th of September…I was thrilled that at last these two eagles would be reunited.
However, the young Eagle who Harriet allowed to be around her challenged Ozzie for Harriet’s affections.
I felt at the time that Harriet was just “allowing” FV or Pretty Boy as some nest watchers have named him…to be around while waiting for Ozzie. He was so much younger and very inexperienced. She had to teach him so many things…but on the day that Ozzie returned, all three eagles were in and out of the nest area and tension was high.
The challenge became an aerial battle between the two male eagles and at one point, Harriet flew off after Ozzie and they both disappeared behind the church that is adjacent to the nesting area. The photo above was taken by Desiree Deliz.
I believe that was the last time the two were together and who knows what took place out of the camera’s lens.
I would like to think Harriet sensed that Ozzie was hurt and knew that the circle of life goes on…and perhaps they said their good-byes.
I don’t know, but tears are rolling down my cheeks as I write this.
Below are links to other posts of Ozzie and Harriet.