This morning at 7:33 a.m. the first of two eaglets hatched into the world on live video feed in Southwest Florida. The eaglet now know as E9 is doing well since the hatch. At noon today mother Harriet could be seen feeding the young eaglet.
The 24/7 live video feed of the nest has been sponsored and maintained by Dick Pritchette Real Estate since October of 2012. There are three cameras in place. One focused on the nest, another some 60 feet away, and yet a third camera that focuses on the nearby pond.
Harriet, the female bald eagle, has been monitored from this nest by Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) since the 2006-2007 nesting season, with her original mate Ozzie, and now with current mate named M15.
Since video monitoring began Oct. 2012, and with over 16 million viewers, Harriet has laid 10 eggs and hatched nine in the nest. (We are all patiently awaiting number 10)
So far, all but two have thrived. Eaglet E4 passed away of unknown causes in the spring of 2014 and E5 passed away Jan. 2015, also of unknown cases.
The original bald eagle pair to be monitored were Ozzie and Harriet.
In March of 2015 Ozzie was found injured by FWC and treated for 97 days for those injuries before being release back into the wild. Later, in Sept., Ozzie was seen fighting with another male eagle in the area and again admitted for treatment for his injuries. Sadly, Ozzie passed away just a few days later.
After weeks of courting, Harriet again found a new companion, known as M15. The pair mated and Harriet produced her first two eggs with M15 on Dec. 19 and 22, 2015.
In May of 2016 the nest was attacked by an owl and eaglet E8 was injured and had to be admitted for care to his injuries. After three months of treatment E8 was released back into the wild.
Harriet and M15 mated again and Harriet laid two more eggs in November 2016. The first eaglet hatched this morning at 7:33 a.m. and the much anticipated hatching of the second egg is being watched on live feed by some 60,000 viewers, on average.
View the live feed here:
For more information on the pair and their nest please visit www.dickpritchettrealestate.com.
You can also view recordings of the nest at Southwest Eagle Cam on YouTube.