FORT MYERS, Fla. - After an active and captivating nesting season, the web camera that features the famous Fort Myers eagles, Harriet and M15, along with their newest arrival, E9, which was born in December, the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam is taking a break.
The cameras will be removed Thursday, repaired, and restored before the summer rains begin, a post on the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam Facebook page said.
"The eagle family is a part of us all and we hope to bring this experience back in the future if H & M allow," the post said.
In the meantime, they will continue to post updates on the Facebook page and on Twitter, they wrote.
Eagles normally mate for life, and Harriet was typically seen with her mate "Ozzie," but Ozzie died from an injury in 2015. Harriet has now taken up with a younger bird.
The reproductive cycles of most bald eagles are not normally recorded and viewed by more than 42 million people across the globe. But these are no ordinary eagles: M15 and Harriet are two of the most well documented birds in Florida.
Harriet is an older female that has fledged dozens of offspring since the early 1990s.
This past season, Harriet laid two eggs, but only one of them hatched. The other egg was nonviable, but stayed in the nest and was never removed per federal guidelines.
The eagle cams sit on land owned by Dick Pritchett Real Estate, where it has been for five seasons.
There are three different camera angles, none of which disturb the birds, and all of which can be watched on the Dick Pritchett Real Estate website while the cameras are operating.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.