It’s been a tumultuous yet miraculous season for the Southwest Florida Eagles. Streaming live from Fort Myers, Florida, the 2019-2020 season marks the eighth for Harriet who was first mated to Ozzie. After his passing, the beautiful eagle paired with M15. In November 2019, Harriet laid two eggs. One never hatched — the other hatched on Dec. 19, 2019.
Unfortunately, the eaglet, named E14, passed away on January 14, 2020. It was later determined the eaglet died from rat poisoning. It seems Harriet must have eaten and fed contaminated meat to her baby eaglet. Due to Harriet’s size, the poison didn’t have the same effect on her as it did on E14.
It was a sorrowful time and many mourned the loss of E14, but who would have ever thought that Mother Nature would provide a miracle!
On February 22, 2020, Harriet laid another egg — a second egg was laid on February 25, 2020. Now Harriet and M15 are back at work preparing for their new eaglets!
The Southwest Florida Live Cam is up and running and you can watch the excitement below.
Here is an announcement from the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam’s Twitter page when the eggs were laid.
Southwest Florida Eagle Cam viewers are thrilled that Harriet and M15 are trying again this season. The cam is up and running 24/7 and it’s already beginning to see the momentum of past seasons.
Viewers were left heartbroken after E14’s death and now there is plenty to rejoice about. Those who come to watch the live eagle cam on a daily basis find that they are practically bonded to the eaglets — even if it is only for a short while.
Technology gives us the ability to look in the nest and watch every moment from mating and hatching until the eaglet branches out, learns to fly then takes that final departure into the sky.
Many times, juvenile eagles return to the nest and though you may never know exactly which eagle it is, you know that one of Harriet’s and M15’s children have decided to return home — if only for a brief moment.