- Sandra Nortunen Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Update: The second of two bald eagle eggs hatched Wednesday evening in Fort Myers.
The family is now complete with parents Harriet and M15 (dad); along with their eaglets, E10 and E11.
The little ones will stay in the nest, 60 feet above the ground in a slash pine tree, for about 11 weeks before learning how to fly.
Harriet’s mating and nesting activities have been recorded on the live cams since 2006, when she first shacked up with a different mate, Ozzie.
Check out the happy couple on the popular live 24/7 video stream below:
Original story: Just in time for the new year, one of the most popular bald eagle cams in Florida has a present for its viewers.
One of two eggs has hatched, and it’s being recorded live on the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam from Dick Pritchett Real Estate.
The parents, Harriet and M15, began seeing one another after her former beau, Ozzie, passed away in fall 2015, according to the real estate website.
Harriet and Ozzie began nesting at the North Fort Myers site, 60 feet above the ground in a slash pine tree, in 2006.
In September of last year, Harriet and M15 began working on the current nest, and by the end of November, two eggs had been laid.
A recent blog post included this information on their activities: “Harriet and M15 seemed to keep near to their nest over the week. M15 took some turns incubating longer into the night shift, which is usually the time Harriet is on the nest.
“They shared a few rare moments perched together to maintain their bond to each other. They each benefit from time away from incubating duties relaxing, visiting the pond and soaring in the skies.”
Three cameras capture their daily activities. One camera has night vision and infrared light.
Once hatched, the eaglets will stay in the next for about 11 weeks before learning how to fly, according to Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission.
As of this week, views of the Southwest Florida live cam on YouTube has reached 112 million. The company began live streaming of the eagles in 2012.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed the bald eagle from the list of federally endangered and threatened species in 2007, but it is still a protected species.