Last week, Chiara told me that her grandpa wanted a live eagle cam of some baby eagles on his website. I didn’t understand why on earth anyone would want a live camera feed on these baby eagles, but it’s his site, so I added it for him. Apparently these baby eagles are a pretty big deal down here in Southwest Florida. I didn’t really understand it until today.
As I was leaving Raintree today to pick up Chiara from the airport, her grandpa stopped me and asked if I could take some pictures down at the eagle’s nest. I told him that it wouldn’t be a problem, especially since it was on our way back from the airport anyway. I picked Chiara up from the airport, we stopped for some breakfast at IHOP, then headed to see the eagles.I have to admit, when we first pulled up I was still a little worried about these pictures and if I’d be able to capture anything anyway. Especially considering I was on the ground, attempting to take pictures of an eagle’s nest that was nestled high up in the treetop. I stood around for a little while taking pictures of the momma eagle sitting perched in one of the nearby trees.
She was sitting there, watching over the land from her perch high above everything else. I’m sure she was wondering why there were so many people standing around, pointing things at her and her babies who were still hanging out in the nest. I stood there for a short time, taking a few pictures before she took off, flying away. I began walking back towards the car at that point. I couldn’t get any decent shots of the babies in the nest at all. No surprise there. As I was walking back towards the car, I stopped to talk to an older gentleman who was looking at the birds. Turns out, he was a biologist from New Jersey who had seen these eagles on the internet via the live cam and decided to make the trek down to see them in person!
As we were standing there talking about eagles and birds in general, the momma eagle came flying back. The gentleman from New Jersey made a comment about being surprised she didn’t have any food with her. As he was talking, I took the opportunity to get some pictures of her flying in and landing near the nest. She didn’t have any food with her; she just sat guard over her babies for a while.
After watching these eagles for a short time, I can kind of understand what the appeal is all about. There’s just something majestic about the Bald Eagle. The way they soar in the sky as if they didn’t have a care in the world; something to be envious of indeed. That said, I’m not sure I’d drive thousands of miles just to see them. Especially since you can see the baby eagles via the live web cam! Since I was already down there though, it was definitely worth stopping in to see it firsthand.