Florida continues to give us beautiful gifts. The dude who broke into a stranger’s home to pet their cat. Or the hero who tried to stick it to the man and ride a manatee into glory. Or the woman who fought for her right to keep a pet alligator named Rambo and let it ride a motorcycle.
People finding new ways to interact creatively with wildlife is what Florida does. Luckily, you can partake in this tradition from the safety and comfort of your own home with the Southwest Florida Eaglecam, based in Fort Myers. And who doesn’t love a good Eaglecam?
The cam’s been operational since 2012, watching the lives of Harriet and her various mates. Then, it was Ozzie. But her mate met a sad fate when he got into a brawl with another male eagle, and was killed. Wildlife experts studying Harriet and this nest believe that the murderous male is her current mate, dubbed M15. An endearing name for a homicidal eagle.
WABC-TV spins the tale of this feathered soap opera drama:
“After an incident involving a car a few months earlier, Ozzie was sent to an animal hospital for rehabilitation. During this time, several suitors reportedly made a run at Harriet, including M15, who became a regular. When Ozzie returned, numerous altercations occurred, eventually ending in his death.”
But let’s focus on the future, not dwell on the past: Harriet’s new eggs are due to hatch any day now. She laid them on November 22 and November 25, and they’re at the end of their incubation period now. Nearly 28,000 people are watching the live feed as of this story, and the official twitter account is keeping a steady eye on her every move and the subtle movements of the eggs.. Keep an eye on the cam, and you might catch their first moments out in the world.