Reader Amy has clued me in to the Southwest Florida Eagle cam (click on one of the two cameras at the bottom, or choose a split screen), which has a parent and two newly-hatched chicks.
The eagles are called Ozzie and Harriet, and have been nesting in this same spot for seven years (site information starts here). Over that time, they’ve laid nine eggs and fledged 7 chicks, with the two newest ones not counted; so things look propitious. This will be a cam to watch over the next several weeks.
Amy also enclosed a YouTube video of the chicks being fed by Ozzie for the first time yesterday, along with her note:
I guess it’s breeding season all year long in Florida! Teensy top-heavy babies [JAC: “eaglets” for our petulant reader] getting a meal from dad.This is my favorite stage of eagle baby-raising. The parents are some of the strongest birds alive but they are so gentle and precise when feeding their little nestlings. And they lie on top of them without hurting them!