Magnificent Frigatebird

Fregata magnificens

ML31664471


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Nancy Overholtz
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eBird Checklist S30864364
Lake Crowley
Mono, California, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 37.6066, -118.7464 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags

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Observation details

Initially seen by Rick Ziegler earlier in the day. We spotted the bird from Sandy Point. It was across the lake to the south, above the horizon directly above the white cliffs with the caves. I first saw a large, all dark, soaring bird that I could not identify but Ron and I agreed it was not the Frigatebird. When I got back to the scope, a second bird had appeared above the unidentified bird. It was black with an all white head and breast to about its belly. It dwarfed the bird below it which was probably a vulture or eagle. The bill was extremely long, thin and hooked. The wings were unlike any raptor in that they were very narrow, long and sharply angled. The tail was deeply forked. It soared effortlessly and there was no dihedral as in the flight of a vulture and unlike the broad wing with fingers of an eagle.

Technical Information

Model
DSC-HX400V
Lens model
4.3-215mm f/2.8-6.3
f-stop
f/7.1
Focal length
177 mm
Shutter speed
1/1000 sec
ISO
640
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
144KB
Dimensions
865 x 1100

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