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Discover the James Bald Eagle Tours

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Richmond, VA, USA
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About Discover the James Bald Eagle Tours
The James River runs through it ... through the City of Richmond. And just minutes downriver is an incredible opportunity to see resident bald eagles, who live on the river all year long, in their natural habitat. This 2-hour, tidal river pontoon boat tour takes you into the midst of an ecosystem rich with wildlife, abundant in history and beautiful scenery. Discover the James' Bald Eagle Tour travels a five-mile stretch of the James River known as Jefferson's Reach, through five territories of resident bald eagles. Discover the conservation success story of bald eagles on the James River, where less than forty years ago there were none. Today, in 2016, over 260 pair of resident bald eagles call the James River watershed home making our river the site of the greatest comeback of the bald eagle in the entire North American continent. Ride aboard the Discovery Barge II, a comfortable 24-foot pontoon boat and experience majestic bald eagles closer than you may have ever seen them.
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CanonRandy wrote a review Nov 2019
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina47 contributions11 helpful votes
This was my most exciting eagle experience ever! Captain Mike is extremely knowledgeable of the area, and knows the eagles of the James River. There is no way you could be disappointed with the excitement and face to face experience he affords you with these beautiful birds. He does everything possible to ensure that the photographers in the group will have the best light, and best angles to capture the best shots possible. I will definitely be back.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Lovestoread 1982 wrote a review Sep 2019
37 contributions3 helpful votes
Seeing bald eagles has been on our "bucket list" and since coming to Richmond VA, home of the James River, we were excited to be going out on the James with Captain Mike. He started spotting eagles immediately. We were able to see so many different birds while on the river. We also watched carefully to see a sturgeon jumping up from the water - apparently they also are seen doing this quite frequently. Captain Mike got the boat safely close to the eagles. They are truly majestic. We learned a lot of great information about the birds, the habitat and the river. I am ready to go again!!!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Regina wrote a review Aug 2019
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Loved this experience. Was able to see and take lots of pictures of the eagles in their nature habitat along with lots of other birds and animals. The view of the river and the eagles was amazing and Captain Mike is very knowledge about the eagles. He makes this trip a great experience. I would recommend this trip to everyone!
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Date of experience: September 2018
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johnaalex wrote a review Jul 2019
Greenford, United Kingdom173 contributions28 helpful votes
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I am lucky enough to have done several wildlife viewing trips from spotting tigers in India to whale watching off Vancouver Island. This trip was one of the best for the following reasons; brilliant sightings of bald eagles and osprey, a very knowledgeable and friendly skipper, small numbers of participants ensuring a very personal experience and a comfortable boat. A great way to spend a couple of hours!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Exploration555390, Owner at Discover the James Bald Eagle Tours
Responded Jul 29, 2019
Thanks so much for the kins words and glad you enjoyed the James River, the eagles and everything else out there.
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MadMay0419 wrote a review Jul 2019
27 contributions4 helpful votes
We had a terrific 2-hour tour with Captain Mike. His knowledge of birds along the James is encyclopedic and he speaks about resident eagles like they are old friends. We saw many nesting pairs, along with cormorants, egrets, ospreys, vultures and several terns. His boat is very comfortable and not intrusive. Truly fantastic trip that I hope to repeat again. Thank you!!!!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Exploration555390, Owner at Discover the James Bald Eagle Tours
Responded Jul 22, 2019
Thanks so much for the kind review.
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