Ozzie and Harriet's nest is a short 1 mile flight away from the Caloosahatchee River, which serves as their primary food source. The pair of eagles rely mostly on fish from the river (Mullet, Catfish, Red Fish, Snook, Gar), but may also eat small rodents if the opportunity presents itself.
According to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Service, who tracks Bald Eagle nests, Ozzie and Harriet have 133 neighbors in a 25 mile radius. Their closest neighbor is 1 mile away.
Ozzie and Harriet's nest has been tagged by the Florida Fish & Wildlife Service as LEO26. It was last monitored in 2009.
About Ozzie and Harriet
Ozzie and Harriet are a mature and actively mating pair of Bald Eagles. They have been coming to this nest since 2006.
Ozzie is a male Bald Eagle, identified by his smaller and less pronounced beak line and white spots on the back of his neck. Harriet is a female Bald Eagle, who is larger than her male counterpart, has a more pronounced and larger beak, and does not have any white spots on her neck. Harriet is also distinguished by her Inverted V in the front of her neck and dark circles around her eyes.
Ozzie and Harriet have been using the current nest each October - May since the 2006-2007 season. They have produced the following offspring:
About the Camera
The camera is securely mounted to the trunk of a Slash Pine tree using a specially designed mounting harness which does not use screws or nails. The tree is unharmed during this process. The camera itself is equipped with an infrared night vision lens, allowing it to stream live 24/7 without disturbing the eagles.
The 2012-2013 season is the first for the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam. During the 2012/2013 season Harriett laid 2 eggs, one on November 26th, 2012 at 1:47pm and the other on November 29th at 6:38pm. The first egg hatched on January 1st, 2013 at 10:44pm with the second egg 2 days behind on January 3rd, 2013 at 9:49pm. After a close Facebook poll, the fans of the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam chose to name the newly hatched eaglets Hope and Honor.
Visiting the Nest
While we allow viewers to visit the nest - please remember the following when visiting:
-Park in a safe location and remain in or immediately next to your vehicle while viewing.
-Parking at the Church (6781 Bayshore Road N. Ft. Myers, FL) is recommended for best viewing the nest and area.
-DO NOT for any reason cross the fences or approach the nest. It is unlawful and you may be prosecuted.
-Respect Private Property.
-Avoid loud noises, such as yelling, door slamming, or horn honking.
-While the horses love attention, do not feed them
-Be courteous of others in attendance. It is a learning environment for all.
-Bring binoculars or a spotting scope to get the best in-person view.
-Do not attempt to alarm the eagles or try to make them fly.
-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 all want to enjoy these beautiful birds for years to come so please be respectful of the nest and the eagles.