Frigate In Flight
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