The talons on a Bald #Eagle are absolutely impressive. On males (like this bird here) they can be 1 1/4 inches long while on females they can be up to 2 inches long. The talons are made of keratin, just like a human’s fingernails and are similar in composition to dog’s nails. In addition to the sharp talons, the bumps on the toes of the eagle help it to hold on to the slippery fish they typically eat. Throw in a grip that is 10 times stronger than that of humans and you have some the makings of a very impressive hunting machine. Image taken in Longmont, Colorado.