“Dandy” Hatch: 3.6.19 // “Spur” Hatch: 3.8.19
1st Egg Laid: January 28th
2st Egg Laid: January 31st
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Dandy & Spur – First Few Days
A Friendly Warning To Friends of Eagle Country:
Viewing an eagles’ nest can be very graphic in nature!
When you watch a National Geographic show, whether it’s about orangutans, great white sharks, lions of the African plains or American Bald Eagles, you are always in for surprises. You are brought right into the daily lives of the animals and experience “first hand” what it’s like to live in their nest, den or ocean depth. However, nature is wild, untamed and unfiltered. So, in one sitting you may witness some of the most incredible beauty and in the next moment, some of the greatest tragedy – all up close!
We get many questions about Victoria & Nicholas and the history of the nest and their lives. Many 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. 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.
We have no definitive way of knowing since this is our first season with cams. 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.
- Victoria has a lighter brown/tan coloring on the tips of her white tail feathers.
- Other viewers have had noted features that help them distinguish them as well. Feel free to post if you know of some other feature!