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By: MaryF (offline) on Thursday, September 17 2015 @ 01:49 PM EDT (Read 1038372 times)  
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HWF welcomes you to Season 4 of the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam 2015-2016



The nest of Harriet and young M15 is located in North Fort Myers, Florida Sunny

Click on image to download - Harriet and M15 courtesy of Scylla


Link to the cams - with chat ~~ http://www.dickpritchettrealestate.com/eagle-feed.html#

Link to Facebook page ~~ https://www.facebook.com/SouthwestFloridaEagleCam

Southwest Florida Eagle Cam Nest Notes ~~ http://southwestfloridaeaglecam.tumblr.com/archive


Dick Pritchett Real Estate is pleased to continue bringing you this live look into the bald eagle nest located on their property. There are two cameras that will live stream the eagles 24/7. Camera #1 is positioned above the nest and is carefully attached to the tree so as not to damage it and is equipped with night vision or infrared light, which emits no actual light or noise. The eagles do not see or hear anything coming from the camera. Camera #2 is located approximately 100 feet from the nest in another tree and has the ability to capture images of the nest action from a distance. It is a PTZ cam which means it can be moved to catch the action. Both cameras are environmentally friendly, non-intrusive and positioned to offer a good view of the nest and eagles while preserving the beauty of the nest and its' surroundings. This season, 2015/16, we are pleased to announce that we have added a third camera which will give us great views of the pond area where Harriet takes her wonderful baths!

Click on image to download - E5 + E6 (2015)


2015/16 nest stats ~~


* Cams on -- October 1, 2015

* Eggs laid -- December 19, 4:25 pm (a month later than last year); December 22, ~5:40 pm

* Eggs hatched -- Egg#1 - Jan 26th ~~ Egg #2 - Jan 27th

* Eaglets named -- E7 and E8

* Branching -- E7 on March 29th at 10:08AM ~~ E8 on April 12th at 7:55AM

* Fledged -- E7 fledged April 16 at 7:20 AM ~~ E8 fledged May 3 at 4:29 pm

* Apparent owl attack -- something (likely a great horned owl) knocked both chicks from their perches by the nest at around 3 am on May 7; E7 returned the next day, E8 did not

* E8 found -- May 13, by volunteers affiliated with CROW (Clinic for the Rehabilitation Of Wildlife) who had searched for him/her several times before; s/he had a broken leg and was thin, dehydrated and very weak; as of May 22, E8 has had surgery to put a pin in the leg, s/he is eating soft foods, and his/her condition has been upgraded from critical to guarded; condition upgraded to fair May 25

* Last seen -- E7 - May 24, 10:10 am, soaring higher and higher until he disappeared from view


Click on image to download - Ozzie, Harriet and E5+E6 2015



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By: MaryF (offline) on Thursday, September 17 2015 @ 01:49 PM EDT  
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Some nest history ~~


Thanks to the Pritchett family for installing, maintaining and running these cams on your property. This is a family owned and run business. The cam and nest are located 60 feet up in a slash pine in a horse pasture on the Pritchett property.The cam was first installed in early September, 2012.

A mature pair of bald eagles, Ozzie & Harriet, had been coming to this nest since they built it for the 2006-2007 season until Ozzie's untimely death in September of 2015. Before building this nest in 2006, the pair had a nest on the opposite side of Bayshore Road, across the street. This location is now known as Eagle Landing. The old nest was deliberately killed by someone to get rid of the eagles nest in order to remove the tree. The nest is now occupied by Harriet and her new mate, M15.

Since the cam has been in the tree --

Two eggs were laid November 26 & 29 in 2012
Both chicks, Hope and Honor, fledged successfully

Click on image to download -- Hope and Honor (photo by Greg Hill)

Two eggs were laid Nov. 17 & 20 in 2013.
Only one eaglet, E4, fledged successfully E3 sadly passed away on Feb. 2 at 41 days old of unknown causes but most likely a respiratory problem.

Click on image to download -- E3 (photo by Greg Hill)

Two eggs were laid on November 19 & 22 in 2014
Just one of the eaglets, E6, fledged. We lost E5 on Jan 20, 2015 at due to unknown causes.

Click on image to download -- E5 on 1/14/15--scap by urdognu

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OLD NEST

The pine tree previously used by perhaps two different nesting pairs of Bald Eagles for more than a decade died. An unknown individual knocked off the bark in a ring around the tree which severs the roots from the needles and starves the tree. The county had monitored the nest since 1990 and recorded 23 eaglets, confirmed fledglings.


History of the Old nest in the "killed tree".
LE-26A: Donald road Nesting History


Year - History
90-91 Active, 2 Fledglings confirmed
91-92 Active, 1 Fledgling confirmed
92-93 Active, 2 Fledglings confirmed
93-94 Active, 3 Fledglings confirmed
94-95 Active, 2 Fledglings confirmed
95-96 Active, 3 Fledglings confirmed
96-97 Active, 2 Fledglings confirmed
97-98 Inactive-- This is perhaps where Ozzie and Harriet took over the nest but we do not know

98-99 Active, 1 Fledgling confirmed
99-00 Active, 2 Fledglings confirmed
00-01 Active, 2 Fledglings confirmed
01-02 Active, 1 Fledgling confirmed
02-03 Active, two adults observed at nest tree 4/21/03
03-04 Tree observed dead 9/29/03. ES Staff inspected the tree on 9/29/03
and found the tree had been girdled by machete or hatchet. Birds have
been observed in the territory but did not nest this nesting season.
04-05 Active, Two adults observed incubating posture in Dec '04. 1 chick
fledged about April 6, 2005
05-06 Active, 1 fledgling confirmed
06-07 Inactive *Built a new nest north of Bayshore Rd (nest #LE26B-our present nest)

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Pritchett Property Nest 2006 - present

This nest has been labeled LE-26B

Ozzie and Harriet relocated their nest for the 2006/07 nesting season to its present location on the Pritchett property.
They have had 11 fledglings confirmed from this nest on the Pritchett's property.

Year - History
06-07 Active; Built a new nest north of Bayshore Rd: 2 chicks fledged
07-08 Active; but fledglings not confirmed
08-09 Active; 2 chicks
09-10 Active; 1 chick
10-11 Active; 1 fledgling confirmed
11-12 Active; 1 fledgling confirmed
12-13 Active; 2 fledglings confirmed (Hope + Honor)
13-14 Active; 1 fledgling confirmed (E4)
14-15 Active; 1 fledgling confirmed (E6)
15-16 Active: nest now occupied by Harriet and M15---eggs, eaglets, and fledglings not seen yet



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By: MaryF (offline) on Thursday, September 17 2015 @ 01:50 PM EDT  
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Below is a picture showing the locations of nest 1 (old nest) and nest 2 (Pritchett property nest) --

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As you can see, there is a large river close to the nest, (about a half a mile away - as a bird flies) that flows into the Gulf of Mexico. It is called the Caloosahatchee River, This is a prime source of food for this nest.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, there are 128 nests in a 25 mile radius of Ozzie and Harriet's nest. Closet nest is one mile, although it was last known active for the 2009 season.

This is the fourth season Dick Pritchett Real Estate has provided the live look into Harriet & Ozzie’s (now M15's) Southwest Florida nest. We now have three HD-PTZ 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 100 feet from the nest and has the ability to capture images of the nest action outside of Camera #1. Cam #3 will be located down at the pond which is on the property where the eagles tend to spend a lot of time. All of our 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.

Click on image to download - E4, our 2014 fledgling - photo, Donna McMurrer

Click on image to download - E6, our 2015 fledgling at the pond - scap by urdognu



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By: MaryF (offline) on Thursday, September 17 2015 @ 01:50 PM EDT  
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OZZIE!! ~~ What can I say about Ozzie? We have lost the handsome, smart, wonderful Dad of our nest on September27th. Cry All of us who watch this nest and love this family are devastated sad

Click on image to download -- Ozzie by Desiree Deliz


It all started last March 17th when there was a report of an injured bald eagle on the ground by some railroad tracks not far from the nest. Was it Ozzie who hadn't been seen for s few hours on the nest cam? Our fears proved to be true. He was identified by his missing talon on his left foot. It turned out that he had 2 very important broken bones his or clacvicle which is sort of like a collarbone and the the upper part of the shoulder. He was on great hands with Dr Barron at CROW on Sanibel Island. To make a long tale short he hated being there, but did very well. After 3 months and a lot of treatment, physical therapy, and flight exercise in the big flight cage, our guy was ready to be released. OH joy!! He will be released near the nest and everything will go back to normal! It was not to be! Ozzie was released, flew well and was not seen again until much later

Click on image to download -- Ozzie at his rescuers house--photo by Heather Halle


While Ozzie was getting the royal treatment at the clinic his Harriet was left with an eaglet to fledge and a nest to defend. I'm sure she had to be wondering where her Ozzie was. Many eagles were coming around the male-less nest. One young male, who we called FV (frequent visitor) stayed, and stayed helping Harriet hang on to the nest by keeping other eagles away. She was able to finish raising E6 with his help---I would say that he also taught E6 some valuable lessons. At first she was a bit distant but as time went on our beautiful Harriet must have decided that her Ozzie was gone for good. After nearly 6 months Harriet and FV were rebuilding the nest, and bonding pretty well.

As luck would have it Ozzie finally returned to the nest. We were all elated but wondered what would happen between Ozzie and FV. Harriet seemed to be happy with FV who had just been renamed M15 for male-2015. Ozzie was not about to take this sitting down. He and M15 had altercations near the nest and out of sight. They both disappeared and we were all concerned and I'm sure that Harriet was really confused by this time. One of our viewers how lives fairly close contacted people to tell them that she had an eagle in her yard who was down on the ground after being stuck in her barbed wire fence. She got him under a blanket and onto her porch to wait for help. She was certain it was Ozzie because if his missing talon and the band numbers on his band. Two more viewers transported the eagle (Ozzie) back to CROW. He was in pretty bad shape. Upon examination he was found to have 2 broken toes and many deep lacerations---one a large hole on his hip. Despite the best care by Dr Barron and staff our poor Ozzie went downhill and couldn't be saved. How could that be? Our Ozzie was gone. We are stunned that we have lost him!!

Click on image to download -- Harriet and Ozzie-photo by Donna McMurrer

Meanwhile Harriet was at the nest wondering where her eagles were. M15 still has not been seen and we fear for him. Ozzie will have a necropsy done to try to determine what went wrong. Will this new youngster "Slim" who has appeared and seems to want to stay be her new partner? Time will tell while Harriet teaches us all more about the life of an eagle.

** Update -- Harriet seems to have chosen M15 as her new mate. They have settled down into bonding, nestorating and mating. We are looking forward to watching this new season develop!!



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Trying to add a new picture to show up in Facebook Links - this is Harriet and M15 from November 2, 2015, provided by the Pritchetts ~JudyB

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By: MaryF (offline) on Thursday, October 01 2015 @ 11:00 AM EDT  
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Post on Oct, 1 2015 by amd---moved by MaryF ----


My friends ~~~
I came home very late today, was unable to check here today due to work and was so shocked to learn
that Ozzie had slipped away overnight..... sad sad deeply, deeply heartbroken for him and for all of you that have
followed and loved this nest for so many years.....a very special family
Ozzie the great, has taught us so much.....and he will continue to live on, in the many, many offspring that he and Harriet
have brought into this world over the years.....

I find it consoling and comforting that he indeed Ozzie was not alone,
(suffering in the wilderness somewhere) and that he was surrounded by
many loving souls, doing all that they could do for him...

...I still can't believe what has happened here.....I'm so sorry Cry Hanky

hug everyone....
.....I can picture you Ozzie, gliding, soaring so high with the angels.... be at peace and you will forever be in our hearts! Red Heart



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