The Southwest Florida "Eagle Cam" has received more than 5 million views, with people from more than 150 countries logging on to watch a parent pair of eagles and their two nestlings, a press release from Dick Pritchett Real Estate announced this week.
We had to check it out and did, quickly becoming enthralled: An adult eagle - mom or dad, we're not sure which, with two tiny, fluff-covered eaglets, eeping sounds and all, moving around a nest replete with the next meal or two; a fish and something well, less recognizable.
The contrast of the majestic parent, feathers ruffling slightly with the wind, and the two babies kind of bopping about the nest made for a minutes-long awwww moment.
That is, no doubt, the reason the live feed at www.dickpritchettrealestate.com is drawing repeat visitors at the rate of some 190,000 per day.
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, Harriet and Ozzie, for more than 20 years. The birds have laid eggs before but these, hatching in the new year, are the first caught via the soundless camera. Mr. Pritchett hopes the eagle cam will provide a learning experience for those interested in the live version of our national symbol.
The nest is readily visible from the road but viewers are asked to visit online so as to better protect the eaglets, especially now as they are beginning to move around the nest.
We thank Mr. Pritchett and the environmental group, EcoPlanz, Inc., which is assisting in the monitoring process, for making the cam public.
And we invite you to log on - it's certainly a sight to see.
- Citizen editorial