Northeast Florida Eagle Cam (NEFL) is home to American Bald Eagles, Samson, and Gabrielle. The American Eagle Foundation streams this eagle cam to millions every year. This is a wild eagle nest and anything can happen. While we hope that all eaglets hatched in this nest will grow up healthy and successfully fledge each season, things like sibling rivalry, predators, natural disasters as well as territorial disputes can affect this eagle family and may be difficult to watch at times.
From AEF: As viewers will remember since 2008 Gretchen Butler has been keeping records of this Bald Eagle nest, located in NE Florida. The pattern of life in Hamlet was predictable, with resident eagles, Romeo & Juliet, returning in early Fall to begin a new season, lay their eggs and raise eaglets to fledge. At the same time, they protected their nest from all intruders, keeping eggs and eaglets safe. They maintained a 100% success rate over 10 seasons, raising 19 eaglets.
However, the 2018-2019 season was very different, as several large mature eagles disturbed the peace and tranquility of this nest. The expectations of the season ended in heartache as Juliet returned to the nest with an injury and was subsequently driven from the nest by a rival just days before the eggs were to hatch, leaving Romeo to do the work of two. When an egg hatched on Christmas Day 2018, a female eagle following Romeo to the nest swooped down and took the hatchling. The following day, Romeo left the area and neither Romeo nor Juliet has been seen since.
Eventually, a male eagle began appearing with regularity and was subsequently identified as Samson, an offspring of Romeo & Juliet from the 2013 nesting season. Different female eagles appeared at various times, sometimes with Samson; sometimes alone. One very vocal yet peaceful eagle, in particular, appeared to have his attention more than others, and she was initially called A2. By photo comparison, it was determined A2 was not the eagle that took the hatchling. In the 2019-2020 season, the NEFL team was given the honor of naming A2, and they chose “Gabrielle.”