Photography of Birds – Set # 199

Set # 199


Black Skimmers


Black Skimmers

Black Skimmers


The Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) is a tern-like seabird, one of three very similar birds species in the skimmer genus Rynchops in the gull family Laridae. It breeds in North and South America. Northern populations winter in the warmer waters of the Caribbean and the tropical and subtropical Pacific coasts, but the South American races make only shorter movements in response to annual floods which extend their feeding areas in the river shallows.

Magnificent Frigatebirds


Magnificent Frigatebirds

Magnificent Frigatebirds


The Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) or man o’ war is a seabird of the frigatebird family Fregatidae. With a length of 89–114 centimetres (35–45 in) and wingspan of 2.17–2.44 m (7.1–8.0 ft) it is the largest species of frigatebird. It occurs over tropical and subtropical waters off America, between northern Mexico and Perú on the Pacific coast and between Florida and southern Brazil along the Atlantic coast. There are also populations on the Galápagos Islands in the Pacific and the Cape Verde islands in the Atlantic.

© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

13 thoughts on “Photography of Birds – Set # 199

  1. Photo wonderful photos of both species, HJ! I especially love seeing the frigatebirds. We’ve seen them occasionally here in Florida, and once watched them fly over in Panama on a trip once as well. They really are magnificent!

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