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Magnificent Frigatebird

Magnificent Frigatebird
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-11-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-11-25 13:51
Viewed: 2637
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From my recent vacation in Costa Rica
Magnificent Frigatebird - female -(Fregata magnificens)

The frigatebirds are a family, Fregatidae, of seabirds. There are five species in the single genus Fregata. They are also sometimes called Man of War birds or Pirate birds. Since they are related to the pelicans, the term "frigate pelican" is also a name applied to them. They have long wings, tails and bills and the males have a red gular pouch that is inflated during the breeding season to attract a mate.

Frigatebirds are pelagic piscivores which obtain most of their food on the wing. A small amount of their diet is obtained by robbing other seabirds, a behaviour that has given the family its name, and by snatching seabird chicks. Frigatebirds are seasonally monogamous, and nest colonially.

Frigatebirds are found over tropical oceans and ride warm updrafts. Therefore, they can often be spotted riding weather fronts and can signal changing weather patterns.

These birds do not swim and cannot walk well, and cannot take off from a flat surface. Having the largest wingspan to body weight ratio of any bird, they are essentially aerial, able to stay aloft for more than a week, landing only to roost or breed on trees or cliffs.

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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Hello Mario

Great in-flight shot of the Magnificent Frigatebird,
its long wings covering all the image
with the pose of its flight it is
adding dynamism to the image, TFS



Well named bird! Magnificent action shot too. Perfect POV and SS. Wondered what a WS could do for showing more detail under the shaded wings. WS attached. TFS.


Lovely composition and good details in the shadow. the open beak is a treat to watch .. lovely picture
Goutham R

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-11-26 6:40]

Hi Mario,
Perfect capture of flying frigate. Very good composition and sharpness details. Fantastic contrast against the blue background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-11-26 14:57]

Hi Mario,magnificent fregata and spectacular capture! What a timing to take this specie in the best wings position,so imposing and georgeous!! Fantastic details,colors and exposure,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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