Bald eagles are known for being very sensitive to humans, especially while nesting. The Southwest Florida Eagle Cam Foundation has made sure that the cameras do not interfere with the eagles. One camera is mounted six feet about the nest. One of the greatest things about this camera is that it is equipped with an infrared night vision lens, which allows the camera to stream for 24 hours without disturbing the eagles. The second camera is located 100 feet from the nest and can capture activity occurring outside of the scope of the first camera. Both cameras are environmentally friendly and non-intrusive.
Ozzie and Harriet’s nest is very close to the Caloosahatchee River, which is their primary hunting ground and source of food. Bald Eagles usually eat fish from the river such as mullet, catfish, red fish, snook, and gar. Sometimes they have been known to eat small rodents as well. While the Bald Eagle was once an endangered species, the population has rebounded and was officially removed from the list in 1995. Ozzie and Harriet’s nest and chicks have been monitored since 2007. See below for a chart on the hatchlings.
We know it can be hard to tell these eagles apart so we have provided a list of differences. Let us know if you see Ozzie or Harriet more at the nest!
• Much larger than Ozzie
• Inverted V in front neck ruffles
• Dark circles around eyes
• Thick/larger beak, larger gape
• Black speckles high on tail
• Dark heart shape on head, back right
• Has a Longer middle talon than O
• Slimmer head
• Smaller than Harriet
• Interspersed sprinkles of white on right back shoulder
• Inverted V above beak, brow line
Support the Bald Eagle Webcam
To learn more about, or to support this cam, please visit the homepage of the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam Foundation. On their site, you can also learn how you can visit this beautiful family if you’re in the area!