The Magnificent Frigate Bird in Black and White
The Magnificent Frigate bird (Fregata magnificens) is a seabird of the frigatebird family. They can be identified by their huge wingspread, forked tail, pterodactyl shape against the sky, and their soaring over the ocean, looking like a ….OK, frigate. Thus their name.
A distinctive feature is that they can fly for weeks, even a month or longer, without landing. They don’t swim so they swoop down to the ocean, grab their fish dinner, either from the water or from another bird, and keep flying. But one thing you’ll never see is a frigatebird floating on the ocean. Because their feathers — unlike those of nearly all other seabirds — are not waterproof. They can’t get their feathers wet. They’ll fly into a cumulus cloud and ride the updraft up, often over 2 miles up in the air!
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