Bald Eagles are huge!
Bald Eagles are seen often on our kayak tours. There are a pair of adults and a couple of juveniles that live in the trees in Rudee inlet. On our guided kayak tours we always try to take you to where the eagles are known to be. We see the eagles very frequently and sometimes get an airshow! There were many kayak tours last summer where our group would paddle right up underneath the tree that the adults are standing in. Until you get really close to a Bald Eagle it's hard to imagine just how huge they are. The females are larger than the males. The female is close to 36 inches tall with a wingspan of over 6 feet! They are very precise fishing birds and on many of our tours we would have the honor of watching them hunt fish. There were many tours when I can recall seeing the Eagle leap from its perch and fly out over the inlet with a purpose. It would fly straight and then turn and swoop very low to the water with its large yellow talons outstretched and strike the water with force. Sometimes it would have the fish and other times it would take a few passes. I like when it takes more than once because it is fascinating to watch. We have had the great pleasure on our guided kayak tours of seeing this aerial display happen within 50 feet of our boats! It is a memorable experience.