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!


  1. Stephen Barnard
    Posted December 27, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Very nice.

    By an odd semi-coincidence, I named the breeding pair on my ranch Desi and Lucy.

  2. rcs
    Posted December 27, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Hello all –

    At Prof Ceiling Cat’s request, I am posting a link to Phoebeallens.com. Phoebe is a non-migratory Allen’s Hummingbird and she has had this nest in this homeowner’s rose bush for just over seven years. She has two eggs and hatch watch starts today. There already appears to be a pip in one egg!

    • rcs
      Posted December 27, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

      The link didn’t show up, but the website is http://phoebeallens.com/

      • Taskin
        Posted December 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

        Fabulous, thanks for the link!

        • rcs
          Posted December 29, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

          Both hummingbird eggs hatched this afternoon!

  3. Posted December 27, 2013 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    If a pair of eagles is comfortable raising an average of more than a chick a year that close to a four-lane interstate highway, I’m going to hazard a guess and suggest that one guy with a camera from about the same distance isn’t unethically disturbing an eagle whose family has lived on his property for generations.

    Even if his camera + lens weighs over eight pounds.



  4. Mary L
    Posted December 27, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    I check in on the camera daily, and see them live every two weeks, when a neighbor takes me to the supermarket. There’s a church parking lot next to the pasture; many people stop there to watch the eagles. Ozzie and Harriet are probably our two most popular winter visitors.

  5. Merilee
    Posted December 27, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    Our “petulamt reader” will be horrified to learn that in our family we have traditionally called the young of all animals “poopies”, ever since my mother referred to her poopie puppies being housebroken on The Wall Street Urinal. I recently forwarded that picture from this site of the baby platypus to my daughter with the subject line: poopie platypus. My mother is no longer around to share in the fun.

  6. paxton
    Posted December 27, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    The chick in the foreground is much more active than the other. Is there reason to fear for the survival of the other?

    • Mary L
      Posted December 27, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

      Sometimes, one doesn’t survive. But these two so young, it’s hard to tell.

      • Posted December 27, 2013 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

        Also, it could be that the other one got fed first and is now busy digesting its food….


        • Mary L
          Posted December 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

          Oh, sure. And, lots of things can happen.

    • ladyatheist
      Posted December 27, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

      It may be the first one born, and therefore a bit stronger.

      • ladyatheist
        Posted December 27, 2013 at 8:01 pm | Permalink

        ….and before someone else says it, I meant “hatched”

        • Mary L
          Posted December 27, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

          Well, I left out a verb, so I wouldn’t have said anything.

  7. marksolock
    Posted December 29, 2013 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on Mark Solock Blog.

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