About The Eagle Cam
"Eagles are wild birds and anything can happen in the wild. The Southwest Florida Eagle Camera (SWFEC) does not interfere or intervene and allows nature to take its course. You will see life and you might see death, but this is nature at her finest."
Cam Launched: October 2012
The 2012-2013 Nesting Season (October 2012-May 2013) marked the first year the nest was streamed live to the world. Over 16 million viewers tuned in to watch Adult Eagles Harriet and Ozzie raise their 2 eaglets from birth to fledge.
The 1st egg (E1/Hope) was laid on November 26 at 1:47 pm., hatched January 1, 2013 at 10:44 p.m. and fledged the nest on March 25 at 7:51 a.m. The 2nd egg (E2/Honor) was laid on November 29 at 6:38 pm., hatched January 3, 2013 at 9:49.p.m. and fledged the nest on March 25 at 8:23 a.m.
The 2013-2014 Nesting Season (October 2013-May 2014) brought many challenges to both the viewers and eagles. Ozzie & Harriett returned to the nest in October and laid two eggs in November.
The 1st egg (E3) was laid November 17 at 4.37pm and hatched (36 days) Dec. 23 at 11.46pm. The 2nd egg (E4) was laid November 20 at 6:18PM and hatched (35 days) Dec. 25 at 10:21am. E3 passed away Feb. 2 at 4:53am at 41 days old to unknown causes. E4 fledged the nest on April 4, 2014 at 8.27am.
The 2014-2015 Nesting Season (October 2014-May 2015) marked the third year the nest was streamed live to the world, this time with two high definition cameras. Ozzie and Harriett returned to the nest in October and laid two eggs in November.
The first egg (E5) was laid November 19 and hatched (37 days) Dec. 26. The 2nd egg (E6) was laid November 22 and hatched (35 days) Dec. 27 . E5 passed away Jan. 20 at 10:15 to unknown causes.
E6 successfully developed and fledged the nest on Mar. 23, 2015. E6 was last seen May 4 before leaving the area for good.
On March 17, 2015, Ozzie was found by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials and taken to the Clinic for Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc. (CROW) for evaluation after showing signs of disorientation and injury. After 97 days of care to recover from a broken left clavicle and a broken left coracoid bone, Ozzie was released back into the wild near the nest.
On Saturday, September 19th, Ozzie made an appearance at the nest. On September 27th, after seen fighting with a male eagle in the area, Ozzie was found injured and again admitted back into CROW’s care. On Tuesday, September 29th, Ozzie passed away.
The fourth season (October 2015- June 2016) was a season of many firsts for Harriet & her new mate M15 (short for Male 2015). After Ozzie’s passing, Harriet spent a few weeks courting possible new mates but eventually bonded (or mated) with M15, laying two eggs. (1st egg: December 19 at 4:25pm; 2nd egg: December 22 at 5:40pm). Both successfully hatched eaglets (E7 hatched January 26 at 7:23am (day 38); E8 hatched January 27 at 10:39pm (day 36)) and spending the first few weeks of life developing on schedule.
On Feb. 9, E8 had to be cut free from the nest after getting monofilament fishing line wrapped around its leg and foot cutting off circulation, causing swelling. E8 was taken to the CROW clinic for treatment and released back to the nest 3 days later. The young eaglets continued to thrive and develop into juvenile eagles, fledging the nest April 16 (E7) & May 3 (E8).
But as the nest started to deteriorate, the eagles were attacked by an owl May 7. E7 returned the next day, E8 did not & feared dead. May 13, volunteers found E8 alive in a nearby neighborhood with a broken leg. E8 was again admitted to CROW for rehabilitation and recovery. After nearly 3 months at CROW, E8 was released back into the wild on August 18.
The 2016-2017 season is the fifth season Dick Pritchett Real Estate has provided the live look into this Southwest Florida nest. This season we will again catch all the action using three cameras that film the birds 24/7 and stream live video directly to this site.
Camera #1 is positioned six feet above the nesting tree and is equipped with night vision or infrared light, which emits no actual light. Nor does it make any noise. The birds do not see or hear anything coming from the camera. Camera #2 is located approximately 60 feet from the nest and has the ability to capture images of the nest action outside the view of Camera #1. (See diagram right for picture of cam locations) Both cameras are environmentally friendly, non-intrusive and positioned to offer the best view of the nest and birds while preserving the pristine beauty of the nest and their surroundings.
A third camera (Cam #3) is installed closer to the north of the pond, to capture activity happening around the pasture and in the pond area.
•The original adult bald eagles pair, known as Ozzie and Harriet, had been coming to this nest since 2006. After Ozzie’s passing in the early fall of 2015, Harriet & M15 bonded in late fall of 2015. This is their second season as a mated pair at this location.
• While spotted most months out the year in the area, they officially reside in this nest between the months of October and May.
• The nest sits 60 feet above the ground, in a Slash Pine tree. In the Spring of 2016, the nest detrioriated and completely fell apart. This season, if they re-build, will be a brand new nest for this couple.
• The nest camera faces South East.
• The pair relocated the nest from across the street to its current location for the 2006-2007 nesting season. This nest is labeled LE026-B of the Florida State Monitoring Program. It has been monitored at this location for 8 years.
Visiting the Nest
Please remember the closer you are to the nest, the less you can see. The best viewing location is from your desktop at home. Visits to the nest are closely monitored. If you can see the nest please remember you are being watched and recorded, even at night. We are a working office and your compliance with the eagle watching etiquette is most appreciated.
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