A baby eagle has emerged from its shell, just in time for New Year’s Eve.
The eaglet, known as E9, hatched at 7:33 a.m. Saturday for all the world to see.
The Southwest Florida Eagle Cam, sponsored by Dick Pritchett Real Estate Inc., has maintained a constant vigil on the 60-foot-high nest of mother eagle Harriet and mate M15 as they have tended to their two eggs in a North Fort Myers tree. The camera was set up four years ago to monitor the nest and has been viewed by more than 16 million people worldwide.
“SWFEC is excited to announce the first hatch of the 2016/17 season,” the camera’s website announced Saturday. “E9 hatched at 7:33am on 12/31/16! Welcome to the world E9!”
Excitement has been building since Thursday afternoon when a crack, or pip, was observed on one of Harriett’s two eggs. Harriet laid her first egg Nov. 22; the second …