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Eagle cam updates must-see viewing

December 26, 2013
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Southwest Florida "Eagle Cam" has received more than 19 million views over the past couple of years.

People from more than 150 countries logged on last year alone to watch a parent pair of American bald eagles tend their two babies as they hatched, grew from nestlings to fledglings, and then took wing.

We had to check it out and did, quickly becoming enthralled.

If you missed it, you have another chance this year to join the fan club. Ozzie and Harriet, aka dad and mom, are the proud parents to two new, fluff-covered eaglets, still unnamed, that were born Dec. 23 and Christmas day.

Both babies can be seen moving about the nest as the majestic - and protective - parents tend their young.

As those of us who have visited the site repeatedly have learned, it's, well, kind of addicting.

That is, no doubt, the reason the live feed at is drawing repeat visitors by the hundreds of thousands each day.

As it was last year, the cam is made possible through landowner Richard Pritchett, whose property off Bayshore Road in North Fort Myers has been home to the nesting pair for more than 20 years. The birds have laid eggs numerous times but last year's hatch was the first caught via the soundless camera. Mr. Pritchett had hoped the eagle cam would provide a learning experience for those interested in the live version of our national symbol.

It did all that and became an international sensation to boot.

The nest is readily visible from the road but viewers are asked to visit online so as to better protect the eaglets.

We thank Mr. Pritchett for again making the cam public.

And we invite you to log on again this year - it's certainly a sight to see.

- Breeze editorial



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