WATCH LIVE: Florida bald eagles enjoy arrival of one eaglet

Posted at 6:01 AM, Dec 27, 2016
and last updated 2017-01-03 07:49:41-05

UPDATE | One American Bald eaglet has hatched.

The fuzz-ball popped out of his or her shell shortly before 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The eaglet is called E9.

There is no sign the second egg has cracked, so far. With over 40 days passed since the egg was laid, it is now unlikely to hatch.

ORIGINAL STORY | All eyes are on an eagle nest in North Fort Myers as American Bald Eagle Harriet and her mate M15, await the arrival of their two eaglets. 

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PHOTOS | Check out photos from Eaglet Watch 2016

A live camera, provided by Dick Pritchett Real Estate shows the nest as the eagles take turns keeping their eggs warm. 

One egg was laid at 5:03 p.m. on November 22 and the second egg was laid at 6:13 p.m. on November 25. The eggs typically hatch 35 days after they are laid. 

Thousands have tuned in to our live stream to watch the eaglets hatch.

On Friday, just after 4 p.m. we noticed one of the eggs has a hole and the eaglet could be seen moving.



The Eagle Story

The eagle cam was launched in October of 2012 and over 16 million viewers watched Eagles Harriet and Ozzie raise their two eaglets. 

Ozzie and Harriet continued to expand their family in the Fall each year and the video camera was there to capture it all. In March of 2015, Ozzie was found by the FWC and taken to a clinic for rehabilitation after he showed signs of disorientation and injury. He was treated for 97 days and released back into the wild near the nest. 

Ozzie was seen near the nest on Saturday, September 19 of 2015 and on September 27 he got into a fight with another male eagle in the area. Ozzie was injured and passed away two days later. 

That's when M15 came into the picture. Harriett and M15 (male 2015) bonded in October in 2015 and Harriett laid two eggs which successfully hatched. 

Dick Pritchett Real Estate provides this live look at the Southwest Florida nest from three cameras near the nest. 


From Dick Pritchett Real Esate: "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."