Two Eagles, Two Storms and Two Choices
Victoria and Nicholas, two American bald eagles, have a story of hope in the midst of life’s storms, literally!
These two eagles, whose nest has been in our family’s back pasture for over 17 years, have felt the fury of life’s storms, twice!
Read the whole story here…
Egg Laid: 12.31.19
Egg Laid: 12.28.19
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We receive many questions about Victoria & Nicholas, the history of the nest and their lives. Many of these questions we have tried to answer below.
This eagle’s nest is located on private property, which is also a small working cattle ranch, near a large state park in southwest Florida. Eagle Country is made up of a small group of people who love God, love His people and love eagles. The ranch has been in the family for generations and the nest has been on the property for around 20 years.
Victoria & Nicholas – also affectionately known as Vic & Nic. To clarify, they are not named after characters on daytime TV, these names simply seemed to suit them! They have nested here since 2001. Their original nest and the tree it was in blew down in Hurricane Irma after 16 years. They built a new nest in an adjacent tree. That nest, unfortunately, blew down in an unseasonable storm on 12.21.18. The nest that you see now the eagles rebuilt immediately in December 2018.
We have no definitive way of knowing since we have only had cams for a couple years. However, we do know that we have consistently seen eagles come and go seasonally since their original nest was built in 2001.
It can be hard to figure out who is who! Here are some simple distinguishing features to help:
- Victoria is larger than Nicholas.
- On the left side of Nicholas’ beak there is a slight “dent” or marking that is particular to him. It is seen best when the camera is up close.
- Victoria has a lighter brown/tan coloring on the tips of her white tail feathers.
- Nicholas has darker coloring right around his eyes.
The eagles cannot see the IR light at night because it is invisible to them. In fact, if you were to stand under the tree at night, it would be completely dark outside!
This nest is located near very swampy areas of Florida. Along with swamp conditions comes times of dense mosquitos and various bugs in the air. It is not uncommon to have a short period of time in the evenings (often 15-20ish minutes) of a sort of “swarm” of mosquitos. After this, although not swarm-like, the air is still thick with flying insects. The eagles are used to it and although they shift, scratch and “wave away” much like we would, they have learned how to deal with them.
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Annual Eagle Country Stats
|YEAR||Eagle Pair||Eggs||Date Eggs Laid||Date Of Hatch||Fledge|
|2019-2020||Victoria & Nicholas||Two Eggs||1st: 12-28-19
|2018-2019||Victoria & Nicholas||Two Eggs||1st: 1-28-19
|2 Successful Fledges|