SWFL Eagles~ Softshell Turtle Lays Eggs On Pond Bank! Snowy Egrets Watch! Anhinga Photobombs 3.16.20

3/17/2020 10:59:47 PM

Lady Hawk - An anhinga is seen swimming and comes ashore and heads up to the pylon and dries off its wing in the sunshine! Over across the pond, several snowy egrets are enjoying the water as a softshell turtle is on the bank laying her eggs in the sand. Watch her cover the eggs & bury them in the sand. The babies will hatch after an average incubation period of 60 to 80 days, depending on the temperature. Young soft-shelled turtles are between 1 and 1½ inches long at hatching, and they can live off their attached yolk for up to two weeks. Softshell turtles reach massive sizes, with adult females sometimes measuring two feet across the carapace (top of the shell); males are usually much smaller than females. Female turtles lay 10-30 eggs in neatly excavated holes in sandy areas near the water's edge. Last season, we saw a softshell turtle lay her eggs in the sand but unfortunately so did the ravens. As soon as the female returned to the water, the ravens uncovered and ate her eggs. Hopefully this year that will not happen. Thank you for watching! Video captured & edited by Lady Hawk Thank you SWFEC , hosted by Dick Pritchett Real Estate, for allowing us the opportunity to view these amazing eagles. Watch live: https://www.dickpritchettrealestate.com/eagle-feed.htm