Magnificent Frigatebird
Fregata magnificens
The Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) is a widespread tropical seabird which occurs from Florida through much of the Gulf of Mexico and into the Caribbean area. It also occurs on the Pacific coast of Mexico south to South America and the Galapagos Islands. The first 19 shots on this page were all taken in the Galapagos Islands in July, 2007 with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III. The first two shots were taken with an EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens and all the other images were taken with an EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6 L IS lens. The shot shown here shows a male in flight as he is diving towards the water.
This female passed close by the boat I was on allowing a nice shot showing the detail of the face and head.
The female in flight in the next 3 shots was making a pass near where I stood on the edge of a cliff.
The male in several of the next shots has blown up his red throat pouch in an effort to attract a female.
The female here was perched near a nest.
The next 3 shots show a female Magnificent Frigatebird (left) and a female Great Frigatebird (right) flying together. Both of these species occur side by side on some of the Galapagos islands.
The next seven shots of Magnificent Frigatebird were taken in the Galapagos Islands in August, 2010. The male at right was perched on the rigging of our boat at Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island. All these following seven shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens.
Female Magnificent Frigatebird in flight on Isabela Island.
The next five shots were taken on Seymour Island; several shots show displaying males with their red throat pouches filled with air.