Ultimate Galapagos

On Location: A Non-Birder's New Favorite Bird

Zegrahm Contributor|June 25, 2010|Blog Post

As a person who identifies as a non-birder, I don't usually go over-the-top when it comes to seeing a bird for the first time. I've seen magnificent frigatebirds on the covers of brochures, and in our image library. I've seen them in books and on Blu-ray DVD. But I had never seen the bird in the wild until yesterday on our first Galapagos My Way expedition. Extremely nimble flyers, with graceful lines (and, even if they didn't have those big red gular sacs, they would still be high on my list), they look almost prehistoric from a distance. The angles of their wings are unlike any other bird I've seen. After learning that these birds have the highest wingspan-to-body-weight ratio of any other bird, I could see why they were able to float so effortlessly on the updrafts. Lovely birds that have to be seen to be believed.

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