Thursday, September 25, 2008
SKYWATCH FRIDAY (Galapagos skies)
I wasn't inspired by Chicago skies this week so I decided to use it as an opportunity to post some more of my husbands beautiful photos from the trip we took to the Galapagos Islands earlier this year. Whilst travelling between the islands by boat we were very often accompanied by frigatebirds.
These stunning birds have the most amazing wing size to body weight ratio that allows them to hang effortlessly in the sky for hours at a time without flapping their wings.
There are two types of frigate bird that occur on the islands. The Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens which is distinguished by a stunning purple sheen on the feathers on its back. And the Great Frigatebird Fregata minor which has a green sheen on its back. (The way I remembered it was G for green and G for great!)
These birds do have a reputation as the pirates of the air for their rather questionable tactics of grabbing other birds in flight and dangling them upside down until they reguritate their fish! But I suspect when you look this spectacular you can get away with a certain amount of bad behavior!!!
Most of the birds that flew with the boat were either female or juvenile but incase you are in any doubt about their spectacular looks, here is one of the males.
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Photo Credits - Dominick V
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