Bald Eagles in Olympic National Park

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Bald Eagle. Photo by Jeff Vanuga

These huge birds of prey—they can weigh more than 14 pounds, with a nearly 7-foot wingspan—are most frequently spotted roosting in trees along the Olympic coast.

Adults are easy to recognize: Look for a dark brown body with white tail feathers and a “bald” white head. Juvenile eagles are brownish with brown heads.

Bald eagles hunt for fish, waterfowl, reptiles, and amphibians, but they’re also frequent and opportunistic scavengers, sometimes stealing the prey of other animals.

See Bald Eagles in Olympic

Year-round at Shi Shi Beach, Second Beach, and Third Beach. The easiest way to spot one is to scan the dark treetops for the eagle’s white head.

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