Keeping Up with the Eagles: Birdwatching 2.0

Alessia Andreotti
January 10th 2017

Indulge in this live stream video of a Bald Eagles family nesting in Florida. Harriet and M15, an eagle pair watched online by millions, are raising their newborn, E9, who hatched out of its egg on New Year's Eve.

The Pritchett family owns the land where Harriet and M15 nest and they catch all the action using three cameras that film the birds 24/7 and stream live video day and night. In 2012, they started broadcasting the birds' fascinating daily life on the Internet for the nature lovers all over the world. This is the fifth season they have been streaming the eagles' nesting and the plot is worthy of a soap opera.

In the first few seasons, Harriet was captured on video with her old mate, Ozzie, raising their two eaglets. Ozzie passed away in 2015 after being found with injuries caused by a fight with a male eagle, M15, when the two sparred for Harriet's companionship. Harriet settled on the new mate. Today, after witnessing nine hatched eggs, an owl attack and six eaglets taking wings, the audience is in suspense because one egg has not hatched on the due date. "Folks do get emotional" Virginia Pritchett said. "They see how E9 is flourishing and they want to see that for this other egg, but we tell everyone that wildlife isn't always warm and fuzzy". 

The website that hosts the stream has counted more than 72 million viewers, with over 32.000 computers tuned in at any given moment. Regarding possible real-life visits to the nest, the website warns: "Please remember the closer you are to the nest, the less you can see. The best viewing location is from your desktop at home".

This successful reality is birdwatching 2.0 and definitely more educative than the Kardashians!

Sources: 11 AliveSouthwest Florida Eagle Cam

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