Barbuda - Fascinating frigate birds
Tue 22 Mar 2011 02:31
There are up to 5000 frigate birds in the lagoon’s mangroves, with as many as a dozen birds roosting on a single bush. The sight of the males inflating their blood red pouches to attract females was rather spectacular, as were the chicks, which hatch after 7 weeks, but take nearly 6 months to learn to fly. Frigate birds have a distinctive forked tail and a 6ft wingspan and has the lightest weight to wing-span ratio of any bird and they are able to soar at great heights for hours on end. Although they are not able to dive into water, they are known as aerial pirates as they harass other seabirds until they release their catch. These are quite remarkable birds.
The following 10 photos are taken at the frigate bird colony