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 Southwest Florida Eagle Cam, North Fort Myers, Florida - 2012/2013 - Bald Eagle Cam
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By: urdognu (offline) on Monday, October 22 2012 @ 11:56 AM EDT (Read 621493 times)  

Southwest Florida Eagle Cam - Winter Bald Eagle Cam 2012/2013

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Thank you Dick Pritchett Real Estate for installing, maintaining and running this cam on their property. This is a family owned and run business. The cam was installed in early August. Eggs could be laid anytime in November, more likely around Thanksgiving, according to Andrew Pritchett, Dick's son.

These bald eagles have been coming to this nest since nesting season 2006. They reside in this nest between the months of October and April. Before building this nest in 2006, the pair had a nest on the opposite side of Bayshore Road. This location is now known as Eagle Landing. This mature, mating pair continue to make Southwest Florida their winter home and have graced us with their presence year after year.
This year the Pritchetts are excited to have a live look into their Southwest Florida nest. They have installed a camera that will film the birds 24/7 and stream live video directly to this site. The camera is positioned 6 feet above the nest. It is attached to a tree limb using no screws or nails in order to preserve the tree. The camera's night vision is an 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.
The objective of this camera is to bring these beautiful birds into our homes. The Pritchett's goal is to foster appreciation, admiration and respect for these magnificent creatures. Their intentions are to learn from these birds so we may better understand them and their habits. The Pritchett's hope that you enjoy this free live video feed.

The nest resides 60 feet above the ground, in a Slash Pine tree.
The camera faces South East.
The camera is a Brickcom with built in IR lamps
The three dead trees near the nest were struck by lightning, which is why they are dead.The cam was struck by lightning shortly after the install in September.They were able to fix it before nesting
season began on Oct 1,which is why we hear the constant ringing sound. It was thought it may have been the decoder, but it is actually coming from the cam.
They may consider taking the cam down during the summer months next year and then reinstall it for the next nesting season.
The eagles have had their names ever since they moved onto our property in 2006/2007.
Ozzie and Harriet
Nesting season begins here in South FL Oct. 1. The eagles stay until late April or May.
This nest is on DPRE's private property which is a 140-150 acre piece of pasture land that is home to the office and a horse barn. It is situated next to a pond. There is a 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.
The eagle cam was paid for and put up by Andrews father Dick Pritchett because they have had the eagles nest on the property for the past 6 years. There have been 7 chicks observed since that time, with a total of 4 chicks confirmed to have fledged.
They are thrilled that the popularity of this nest is growing at such a fast pace; faster than they had anticipated.

The old nest was deliberately killed by someone to get rid of the eagles nest. Read story here... ... 3630114231

There are 128 nests in a 25 mile radius. Closet nest is one mile.

This nest is labeled LEO26B of the Florida State Monitoring Program. The pair have been coming to this location for 6 years. The pair relocated the nest in 2006/07 to its present location.

LE26B: Donald Road Nesting History
Strap Number: 30-43-25-00-00008.0000..

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

History of the Old nest in the "killed tree".
LE-26A: Donald road Nesting History
Strap Number: 30-43-25-04-00005.0000

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
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 (LEO26B). 2 chicks fledged at LEO26B
11-12 Inactive

2012 - 2013 Season:

cam on: September, 2012
eggs laid: 1st egg 11/26 1:47pm, 2nd egg 11/29 6:38pm
hatched: 1/1/13 10.44pm, 1/3/13 9.54pm
out of the nest bowl: both January 9 (8 and 6 days old)
eaglets named by viewers: Hope and Honor aka E1 & E2.
branching: March 8-Honor and March 10-Hope
fledged: Both fledged on March 25, 2013: E1/Hope Accidently fledged at 7:51 am, E2/Honor fledged 8:23 am.
first return to nest: Both returned to the nest the same day.
last seen: Hope was last seen at 8:35 PM on May 9, 2013
E2/Honor was last seen at 8:45 AM, Thursday, May 16.

Introducing...Ozzie and Harriet
S'cap taken Oct. 25, 2012 by urdognu
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Picture from Southwest Florida Eagle Cam FaceBook Page
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Picture taken by Greg Hill Fall, 2012
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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Audubon Center for Birds of Prey/Florida

Thanks Twizzkid for letting us know about this cam.


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By: urdognu (offline) on Monday, October 22 2012 @ 11:56 AM EDT  

The nest is located on the Dick Pritchett Real Estate Property
(photo by the Pritchett Family)
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I was able to find this map on google maps, which gives a very good perspective of the surrounding area.
The red dot with the letter A at the upper right hand corner is where the nest is located.
As you can see, there is a nice 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.
(by urdognu)
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This is a picture taken from Andrew's office. If you look in the Pine tree in the middle towards the back of the picture you will see the nest clumped up at the top. This is the pond where they see them very often drinking and bathing.
(photo by Andy Pritchett)
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Courtesy of wskrsnwings...Thank You for putting so much effort in making this wonderful slideshow.
How To ID Ozzie and Harriet ... %20Harriet

"The eagles are wild birds, and anything can happen in the wild. SWFL Eagle Cam does not interfere or intervene, and allows nature to take its course. You'll see life and you might see death, but this is real nature in action!"

Eagle Watching Etiquette (recommendations for avoiding disturbance to nesting eagles):

- Park in a safe location and remain in or immediately next to your vehicle while viewing.

- Do not approach the nest directly or attempt to make an eagle fly.

- Avoid loud noises, such as yelling, door slamming, or horn honking.

- Use binoculars or a spotting scope instead of trying to get a little bit closer.

- Persons on foot can be disturbing to bald eagles.

- Respect private property.

- Maintain a buffer of 330 feet from the nest and respect restricted areas.

- If you feel you must visit the nest, view from sidewalk across the street near commercial parking (south side of Bayshore Rd).

- Please remember the closer you are to the nest, the less you can see. The best viewing location is from your desktop at home.

We want all to enjoy these beautiful birds for years to come so please be respectful of the nest and the eagles.


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By: urdognu (offline) on Monday, October 22 2012 @ 11:56 AM EDT  

Dick Pritchett Real Estate Office is the building just above the circular pond, at the top of the picture.
The nest is below the pond, between the pond and the road, in the pine tree just below the three dead trees.

This is a blown up version of the map in the previous post. The red arrow shows the nest tree on the DPRE property.

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Thank you to eaglette999/Nancy for making this clickable banner for Dick Pritchett Real Estate that was added to the cam web page.
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Greg Hill's Photo Album
Ozzie & Harriet 2012-13 Nesting Season ... amp;type=3

Kathy Gillentine Photography: ... #h55534b6e


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By: urdognu (offline) on Monday, October 22 2012 @ 11:57 AM EDT  

Family portrait - Ozzie, Harriet, E1/Hope & E2/Honor.
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Hope and Honor
before fledge.
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Hope and Honor
after fledge.
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Pictures taken by Greg Hill.


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By: urdognu (offline) on Monday, October 22 2012 @ 12:17 PM EDT  

The nest yesterday, Oct 21, 2012
This is my first time to watch this cam.
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The nest today, Oct. 22.
New clump of bedding was delivered to the nest sometime this morning.
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I was told by Andrew Pritchett
that the eagles are seen in the morning until around 10:30 and again in the late afternoon around 3:00 or 4:00. Activity should start picking up as they are getting close to egg laying.

Of late (October 23), we have been seeing them just before dark...around 6:00. It appears that they are perching in or near the nest tree at night as we have been hearing eagle calls close to the microphone.

As Of October 26, the pair are spending a great deal of time at the nest.
Harriet has been laying in the nest bowl a lot now.


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By: golden1 (offline) on Monday, October 22 2012 @ 02:41 PM EDT  

Nice find Twizz and Judy. This is a really nice view of the nest and the area. Smile

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By: MaryF (offline) on Monday, October 22 2012 @ 02:49 PM EDT  

Another cam!! Faint When will we ever rest??! Rolling on floor laughing Just kidding Twizz and JudyL. We haven't had a Florida cam since Tesoro went dark. It will be nice to have some early beautiful baby eagles!! love Donna is right--this looks like a nice cam. Can't wait to see these eagles in person! That was a pretty fast contact, Judy!!! Left thumb up


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By: urdognu (offline) on Monday, October 22 2012 @ 04:38 PM EDT  

Hi Donna and Mary... Yeppers, another cam. It really is great to have a Florida eagle cam available once again.

4.35 (nest time)
I hear an eagle calling right next to the cam. It must be perched right next to it.
I can't wait to get to see one of the eagles live for the first time.

Around 5ish, the pair were seen perched in the tree above the nest.

5:40 More calling. They must still be perched above the nest.


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