WATCH LIVE: Eagle family takes care of baby eaglet

(Courtesy: Dick Pritchett Real Estate)
(Courtesy: Dick Pritchett Real Estate)

You can watch the livestream above this story or click here if you can’t see it from the News 2 app.

UPDATE (2:48 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16) – The Southwest Florida Eagle Cam returned Monday after a short hiatus over the weekend where the nest camera was malfunctioning.

The Southwest Florida Eagle camera officials said in a Facebook post that the family was perfectly healthy and happy while the camera was down.

There is currently no word on what caused the camera to malfunction, but WFLA is happy to report we have the beloved family back up live on our Facebook page.

UPDATE (1:50 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13) – Little eaglet E9 has been exploring the nest. One viewer who has been watching the eaglet closely reported seeing the little tyke became tired and use a fish in the nest as a pillow. How cute is that?

If you’ve been worried that E9 will fall out of the nest, the experts at the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam say that rarely happens.

“At this age most of their weight is in their lower body and they just don’t have the muscle or strength to pull themselves to the top edge of the nest.

Eaglets are curious about their surroundings, but hardly will explore too close to the edge of the nest. It is rare they will fall over at this age. Two competing instincts – curiosity and fear keep them from getting too close to the edge,” said a moderator on the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam website.

UPDATE (1:50 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12) – Little eaglet E9 is growing fast and is becoming a bit more independent and adventurous. Yesterday, E9 ventured completely out of the nest bowl!

PREVIOUSLY REPORTED:

FORT MEYERS, Fla. (WKRN/WFLA) – The first of two baby eaglets has hatched from its egg in the bald eagle nest in Fort Meyers, Florida.

The egg began to hatch last Thursday afternoon, according to the staff at the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam. Harriet, the mother, stood up to re-position herself when officials noticed.

Then around 4:15 p.m. on Friday, a hole was visible inside the egg and you could see movement inside as the eaglet began to peck through.

The eaglet fully hatched Saturday morning around 7:25 a.m. It’s fluffy feathers were first seen when Harriet stood up a short time later.

(Courtesy: Dick Pritchett Real Estate)
(Courtesy: Dick Pritchett Real Estate)

WFLA reports eaglets usually hatch within 24 hours of “pipping,” or the first break in the egg–and according to the National Eagle Center, eaglets have a special tooth on their beak to help with them hatch.

There have been no signs of hatching in the second egg so far. Keep an eye on the livestream above this story or click here from the News 2 app.

People across the country have eagerly awaited the hatching of the eggs for over a month now. The two eggs were laid on Nov. 22 and Nov. 25, and it generally takes about 35 days for the eggs to hatch.

The eggs belong to American bald eagle Harriet and her mate M15. The two took turns incubating the eggs in their 6-foot wide nest located 60 feet up a slash pine tree.