Three magnificent frigate birds (Fregata magnificens) flying in formation beneath the moon, the Baja Peninsula and Sea of Cortez, Mexico.
I often watched them feeding as aerial pirates, chasing other birds and forcing them to drop or disgorge their food. They forage in the air, swooping close to the water to take things from or near the surface, making very little contact with the surface. It never swims and forages in the same way over land, taking prey from beaches without landing. It feeds mainly on small fish, also squid, jellyfish and crustaceans. It also takes hatchling turtles, young terns, other birds and their eggs.
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- Duncan Murrell
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- Kayaking the Sea of Cortez, Mexico