FORT MYERS, Fla. — The second of two bald eagle eggs hatched Wednesday evening at a famous eagle nest in Florida.
About 12,000 people were watching online Tuesday morning when an eaglet known as E10 broke through its egg shell. E11 followed Wednesday just before 4:30 p.m.
The tiny gray birds are still resting in the warmth of the nest.
"And I believe I saw a fish on the nest, so E10 got his first meal from M15 (the father)," said Virginia "Ginnie" Pritchet McSpadden, whose family owns the land where the eagles live and operates the stream camera system. "Over the next couple of days we'll see many more fish brought into the nest, and both mom and dad will take turns feeding the little guys."
The eggs are the offspring of Harriet, the bald eagle, who been in the spotlight for six years when an "eagle cam" was placed above their nest in North Fort Myers, Fla.
On Tuesday, we got word that both eggs are pipping. Pipping is when the eaglet pokes a hole in the membrane separating it from the air bubble in the egg shell. From there, the eaglets will scratch their way out.
For the past month, Harriet and M15 haven taken turns incubating the eggs, keeping the necessary 105-degree temperature.
The lives of these eaglets and their parents will be streamed online for the next several months as the eaglets, should they survive, grow from tiny little fluffs of eaglet to full grown but still unskilled juveniles.
Harriet and M15 are broadcast on the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam, which is in its sixth year.
The series started with Ozzie and Harriet, a long-time North Fort Myers pair that may have started breeding as early as the 1990s, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission records.
Below is video of last time Harriet and M15 had an eaglet.
The first egg was laid on November 19. The second, on November 22. The normal gestation period is around 35 days, which means we're right in the hatching window.
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