Frigate In Flight

Category: Nature


Photo and caption by Christina Ponjavic

I captured a still of this male Frigate bird while vacationing in the Galapagos Islands this past summer. As the Frigate flew past my group, I snapped multiple shots hoping to capture just one lucky shot of this beautiful, unique animal. I was not disappointed! Frigate birds are large, with long wings, iridescent black feathers, & deeply-forked tails. They snatch prey from the ocean surface or beach using their long, hooked bills. Males have inflatable red-colored throat pouches called "gular pouches" which they inflate during mating season to attract females.

Location: Galapagos Islands


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