Daily tours from Victoria & Port Renfrew. Call us or book online!

Captain’s Blog

The Magnificent Bald Eagles of the North Pacific Coast!

May 26, 2021


Photo Credit: Rachael Merrett- Orca Spirit Marine Naturalist

Bald Eagles are an icon of the Pacific Northwest. Whether they are soaring high above, perching in a tall tree, or clutching a fish from the ocean, they are always spectacular to see. Bald Eagles are a large raptor species that prey on fish, birds, reptiles, and terrestrial & marine mammals. They also practice kleptoparasitism (stealing food from other species) and scavenge the remains of dead animals.

Giant But Light Weight

  • Bald Eagles have a wingspan of 180-230 cm (6- 7.5 feet).
  • Their perch height is 75- 100 cm (2.5 – 3.5 feet).
  • They have poor senses of taste and smell.
  • Bale Eagles have hollow bones that only weigh half as much as their feathers, which tallies just 250- 300 grams (just over 1/2 a pound).  Their feathers collectively weigh approximately 585 grams (slightly over 1 pound).


Photo Credit: Rachael Merrett- Orca Spirit Marine Naturalist

Eye for Detail

  • Bald Eagles have highly developed vision with 2 centres of focus called foveae, enabling them to focus both forwards and sideways.
  • Humans see in 3 basic colours, Bald Eagles see in a whopping 5 colours. They can also see ultraviolet light, but they do not have good night vision.


Photo Credit: Rachael Merrett- Orca Spirit Marine Naturalist

Monogamous Lovers

  • Bald Eagles mate for life and couples build their love nests high up in tall trees. The size of the nests can become very large as the couple builds up the nest each year.
  • If they do not have access to trees, they may build their nest on the face of cliffs or even on the ground.
  • Bald Eagles reach maturity at 4- 5 years old.
  • They lay 2- 3 eggs each year, with eaglets hatching between mid- April to early May after a 35 day incubation period.
  • Both males and females have an average lifespan of 20 years.


Photo Credit: Rachael Merrett- Orca Spirit Marine Naturalist

Bald Eagles are a common sight on many of our whale watching tours. We often see them soaring above the treeline, diving for fish, consuming their prey on the tops of small islands, or even stealing food from other species!


Photo Credit: Rachael Merrett- Orca Spirit Marine Naturalist

If you love Bald Eagles and other interesting marine wildlife, be sure to join us on an excursion where you can see the wildlife flourish in their natural habitat and capture some amazing photos of your own!





aboriginal peopleAboriginal People BCalbino orcaaquariumsBald EagleBamfieldBC west coastBC whale watchingbe a touristbear watchingbehaviourbigg's killer whalesbirdsblack bearBlackberryBlackfishbreedingBritish Columbia Whale Watchingcalifornia sea lionscalvescanada daycaptivitycareerscoast salishCorey VinkCorkycruise adventuresCruiser TourCruiser whale watching toursDall's porpoiseDawn Brancheaudealsdivingdolphinsecholocationelephant sealsfalse killer whaleFamous Killer Whalesfamous orcafeedingfeeding & foragingfirst nationsfirst whale watchingfood chainGlobal Ghost Geargrannygray whalegreat white sharksgrey whaleHarbour AirHarbour porpoiseHarbour Sealhuman encounters with killer whaleshumans and orcashumpback whalehumpback whalesIkaikiinteresting sh!*InvisibiliaJ PodJ-2J-Pod namesJ-Pod resident orcasJim DarlingK PodKasatkakiller whale factskiller whale vs great white sharkskiller whaleskiller whales huntingkiller whales in the wildL Podl pod orcaslpod orcasLuna the Whalelunge feedingMickMick Millermigration patternsminke whalenatural habitatnaturalistNootka SoundNorthern Elephant Sealnorwegian cruise lineoldest killer whale on earthOrcaOrca Adventuresorca attacks sharkorca communicationorca encountersorca familiesorca feeding habitsorca historyorca kayak videoorca languageorca lessonsOrca photographyOrca SpiritOrca Spirit Naturalistsorca whaleorca whale encountersOrca whale fightOrca Whale Toursorca whalesorcasorcas and humansorcas and peopleorcas in captivityorcas in whytecliff parkorcas of j-podPacific Salmon Press releasepinnipedPorpoises Vs. Dolphinsport renfrewrace rocksrace rocks ecological reserveRace Rocks LighthouseRachael MerrettRaptorresident j-pod orcasresident orcasResident orcas of J-Podresident whalesresidentsresidents orcassalmonscholarshipsea ottersea otterssealsealionsealsSeaWorldSeaworld OrlandoSeaworld San DiegoSheenah DuclosSightingssouthern resident killer whalesSpringerstaff profilesstellar sea lionssteller sea lionsSummer Whale Watching VictoriasuperpodTaylor ChapdelaineTilikumTillikumtransient orcastransientsTumboUlises Killer WhaleUniversity of AlbertaVacation IdeasVancouverVictoriaVictoria Whale WatchingVictoria whale whatchingWest Coastwest vancouverwhalewhale evolutionWhale Watcher's ScholarshipWhale Watchers Scholarship 2018 Contestwhale watchingwhale watching experienceWhale Watching VancouverWhale Watching Victoriawhaleswhytecliff parkwild renfrewworld's oldest orcaZodiac TourZodiac ToursZodiac whale watching tours
Show more tags

Leaders in responsible Eco-Tourism

Close Menu Book Tour