Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)

Rare but annual in NC, one needs to be in the right place at the right time, usually along the coast, to see a frigatebird in North Carolina.
Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)
Cape Hatteras at Buxton, NC
26 May 2006

This bird spent several hours cruising back and forth along the east beach just inside the Buxton town limits!

Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)
Cape Hatteras at Buxton, NC
26 May 2006

Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)
Cape Hatteras at Buxton, NC
26 May 2006

Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)
Cape Hatteras at Buxton, NC
26 May 2006


Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)

On 5 Nov 2005 an unprecedented 5 individuals (at least!) were seen along Cape Hatteras National Seashore from Cape Point to Pea Island. On the following day (6 Nov 2005) I found this one cruising overhead along the Old Nags Head Rd., Dare Co., NC

This photo was taken with a Nikon CoolPix 4500 at a zoom of 4X.
Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)
Collier Co., FL
29 December 2005

In south Florida, flocks of frigatebirds are not uncommon.

Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)
Collier Co., FL
29 December 2005

The red throat patch is exhibited by males.

Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)
Collier Co., FL
29 December 2005

Immatures frigates have white heads.


Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)
Falls Lake, Durham Co., NC
18 July 2004

These terrible photos are for rare bird documentation only!

Magnificent Frigatebird (Fregata magnificens)
Falls Lake, Durham Co., NC
18 July 2004

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