Bald Eagle Everglades
Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) or Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
Eagle is the common name of many large birds of prey of the Accipitridae family, which can be spotted at Everglades Holiday Park. Most of the sixty species of eagles are from Eurasia and Africa, but two are present in the Everglades – the bald eagle and golden eagle. Due to their immense size and power, eagles are ranked at the top of the food chain as apex predators in the avian world, seeing these majestic animals during Everglades airboat tours is truly a treat.
Bald Eagle Everglades Habitat
The golden eagle is the most widely distributed species of eagle, an Everglades tour is made all the better when our guests see them. They are best suited to hunting in open areas. The bald eagle can be found in virtually any kind of American wetland habitat including seacoasts, rivers, large lakes or marshes and other large open bodies of water. Both birds tend to avoid developed areas and are most commonly found in habitats with minimal human disturbance.
Size & Appearance
Eagles are large powerfully build birds of prey, with a heavy head and beak. Most eagles are larger than other raptors aside from some vultures, which you and your friends can see on group airboat tour or can be spotted on a private airboat tour. They have very large, hooked beaks, strong muscular legs and powerful talons. Thanks to their extremely large pupils, eagles minimize light diffraction resulting in extremely powerful eyesight. This enables them to spot prey from very long distances. Females of all known eagle species are larger than males.
As you will notice on an Everglades excursion, eagles hunt from the sky, using their superior eyesight to spot their prey and their powerful beaks and talons to catch and eat. The golden eagle preys on many small and medium-sized animals, particularly rabbit and squirrels, but is also known to hunt larger animals such as foxes and goats, though a rare sight it can be occasionally spotted while on Miami airboat tours. The bald eagle feeds primarily on fish that they swoop down and grab with their talons.
- The bald eagle is noted for having flown with the heaviest verified load carried by any flying bird when an eagle was seen flying with a 15 lb. mule deer fawn.
- The bald eagle is the national bird and symbol of the United States of America. Seeing one or a few during an Everglades boat tour is an almost spiritual experience for Americans.
- The golden eagle is the national bird of five countries – Austria, Germany, Albania, Mexico and Kazakhstan, so guests aboard an airboat from these parts of the world will also feel a certain something special if they’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse.