Overhead, a flock of frigatebirds
ascended into the darkening sky.
Full protection of 443,000 square kilometres of ocean around the British overseas territory will safeguard green turtles, swordfish, sharks, tuna and marlin as well as frigatebirds
It was designated a national park more than 20 years ago by the Mexican government so the loggerhead, green, hawksbill and leatherback turtles that rely on the island as a breeding ground are protected, along with the frigatebirds
, pelicans and cormorants that nest there.
The Christmas frigatebirds
are large black seabirds measuring up to a meter in length.
Watch male marine iguanas fight over territory and females; see frigatebirds
steal food and nesting materials from other birds; witness the courtship dance of a pair of blue-footed boobies; go underwater to glimpse a GalEipagos sea lion pup playing with its mother; and observe a baby Pacific green turtle enter the water for the first time.
Concerning magnificent frigatebirds
, significantly higher Cd (p=0.033), Cu (p=0.014), Se (p=0.041) and Mn (p=0.045) were found in adults than in juveniles (Table 1).
"If we see a tern or frigate bird that's cruising low then we will circle around that bird and see if we can get a visual of the fish." Frigatebirds
are a dead giveaway when there is a fish presence; they will appear to be dropping from the sky as they pick up bait flushed from below.
Fascinating creatures, birds like albatrosses, frigatebirds
, shearwaters, and puffins fly or swim out to sea for weeks, months, and sometimes years at a time, and we have little understanding of what they do out there.
Clouds of sleek brown noddies wheel and screech between the keys, massive brown pelicans plunge into the shallow water after fish, and magnificent frigatebirds
, prehistoric and alien with their enormous wings and long forked tails, drift ominously overhead.
Pelecaniformes (pelicans, tropicbirds, cormorants, frigatebirds
, anhingas, gannets).
Brown pelicans and frigatebirds
that had been foraging over the water before the eclipse left the bay 13 minutes before totality and didn't return until 12 minutes after the solar disk was fully revealed.
One study found populations of frigatebirds
, terns, and penguins were less startled by drones observations than human counters.