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Bald Eagle Watching in Southwest Florida

A lot of people are not aware of it but Southwest Florida is a great place to view bald eagles.  Our beautiful and graceful national bird has made an amazing comeback after being declared Endangered in the early seventies.

 

photo credit: futurowoman via photopin cc

photo credit: futurowoman via photopin cc

With more than 2,000 active nests Florida’s nesting population constitutes over eighty percent of the entire bald eagle population in the southeastern United States. Florida is home to more breeding southern bald eagles than any other state in the U.S. Southern Bald Eagles are much smaller than northern usually weighing eight to ten pounds and have a wingspan of six to seven feet.

According to the 2012 survey there are about 50 documented active bald eagle nests in Lee County alone. Bald Eagle Nesting Season is from October 1 through May 15 and you can check the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Comission’s Eagle Nest Locator to find an eagle nest near you.  We made a search and found that there are over 20 active nests in a 10 mile radius around our home!

Southern bald eagle nest in Southwest Florida. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All Rights Reserved.

Southern bald eagle feeding her chick in nest located in North Fort Myers. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All Rights Reserved.

We where able to observe and get some pretty great pictures of the bald eagle nest located in North Fort Myers.  This nest is pretty famous in the are as it has a live cam installed, which is on 24hrs. It is home to two chicks: Hope and Honor. We watched in awe as they where fed by their parents and stretched their wings in the sun.  This was a wonderful experience for the whole family and after “meeting them in person” we went back home to watch Hope and Honor on the live cam.

Bald eagle in her nest in North Fort Myers. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All Rights Reserved.

Bald eagle in her nest in North Fort Myers. Photo: Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz. All Rights Reserved.

Here is a list of suggestions from The Eagle Institute regarding Bald Eagle observation etiquette:

When you head out to see eagles, keep in mind that human presence can stress the birds and cause them to waste precious energy that they need to survive. To avoid being disruptive, follow these basic tips:

• Stay in or near your vehicle at roadside viewing areas

• Move quickly and quietly to observation blinds, where you will be safely hidden from the birds’ view

• Avoid making loud noises, such as yelling, slamming car doors and honking horns

• Use binoculars or a spotting scope to view the birds from a comfortable distance

• Never attempt to make an eagle fly

You can watch Hope and Honor on the Bald Eagle Cam in North Fort Myers HERE. and follow them on their Facebook Page.

You can find active eagle nests in your area on the Eagle Nest Locator HERE.

 

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Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

Paula is a freelance writer, translator & marketer. She started her writing & publishing career as the editor of Bebé y Mamá, the first parenting magazine in Guatemala. She is the founder of www.GrowingUpBilingual.com and www.365thingsswfl.com and writes articles in Spanish and English for both magazines and the web on subjects ranging from travel and food to parenting and bilingualism. She enjoys traveling, good food and is always in search of new things to do and in Southwest Florida.

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  1. Brian

    Awesome photos, I really like wildlife photography as well.
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  2. Ashley B.

    LOVE Bald Eagles! Wish I lived closer to Florida so I could see some. Such an amazing bird!
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  3. Pam

    Beautiful photos and great information. We have Bald Eagles where I grew up also and they are awesome to watch.
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  4. Amanda Sikes

    I have gotten to see bald eagles in person once and it was an amazing experience that I won’t forget. Great pictures!
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  5. tanya devenney

    great post and photos, they are majestic birds and are gigantic to see in person

  6. Vernon

    I have never been to the USA, but I would love to one day have the chance to see bald eagles and a number of other American birds.

    It was interesting to read a bit of their conservation story in your blog post I never knew that Florida was such a good place to see them.
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