Within a half hour, almost deciding to pick up the lines and go home, Manny spotted a frigatebird
flying high and hovering over the same area.
From graceful frigatebird
that can nap while soaring in the air, to the hibernating grizzly bear, horses that sleep while standing up, and the dolphin whose brain is half asleep and half awake, these amazing animal facts may astound adults as well as little ones.
Catch Great Frigatebird
soaring from the cliffs in the north of the island, or spot the enigmatic Seychelles Magpie Robin -- once deemed the rarest bird in the world.
The news marks the success of a project that has cost British taxpayers more than 500,000[pounds sterling] (812,610) and has involved the eradication of hundreds of feral cats that had been eating frigatebird
The magnificent frigatebird
(Fregata magnificens)isa synchronously breeding and colonial-nesting seabird that has the longest period of parental care among all seabirds.
From one viewing point we watched the feeding habits of the Magnificent Frigatebird
, whose clever trick is to attack a smaller bird in flight and shake it until it vomits.
Perhaps the biggest arrival for the North West was ironically one which few got to see - Britain's first magnificent frigatebird
, found exhausted in Whitchurch in November and ferried to Chester Zoo for treatment.
Readers may be amused by such images as a male Great Frigatebird
preening for potential mates, his inflated gular sac looking for all the world like a bright, red beach ball tucked beneath his bill.
occidentalis Linnaeus, brown I R pelican Family Phalacrocoracidae (cormorants) Phalacrocorax auritus (Lesson), I O double-crested cormorant Family Fregatidae (frigatebirds
) Fregata magnificens Mathews, I R magnificent frigatebird
Order Ciconiiformes (herons, ibises, storks, and allies) Family Ardeidae (bitterns and herons) Ardea alba (Linnaeus), great I O egret Ardea herodias Linnaeus, great I C blue heron Botaurus lentiginosus (Rackett), I R American bittern Bubulcus ibis (Linnaeus), cattle I R egret Butorides virescens (Linnaeus), I C Butorides virescens (Linnaeus), green heron Egretta caerulea (Linnaeus), little blue heron I R E.
Species included Cory's shearwater, Calonectris diomedo; magnificent frigatebird
, Fregata magnificens; cliff swallow, Hirundo pyrrhonota; Bonaparte's gull, Larus philadelphia; Pomarine jaeger, Stercorarius pomarinus; masked booby, Sula dactylatra; brown booby, Sula leucogaster; and red-footed booby, Sula sula.
Other birds that nest or roost in the refuge include the enormous Laysan albatross, which has a 6 1/2-foot winspang; the great frigatebird
(males have inflatable red pouches beneath their long beaks); long-tailed tropic birds; and the wedge-tailed shearwater, which skims the waves in search of small fish and squid.
Some of the species represented include the Iberian hare, lions and giraffes, the Emperor penguin, peafowl, the African bullfrog, the Frigatebird
, the Red-Crowned Crane, the Guanaco, and the Grey Seal.