The “F” Bird

Today’s post features some more images captured in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez … the Magnificent Frigatebird. With it’s normal northern range limited to the very southern U.S. and northern Mexico coasts and islands, this was a “lifer” for me.

As we sailed the Sea of Cortez, we would occasionally see one or more of these beauties fly overhead. Here are a few of my favorite images that I captured during that trip.

Flying over an island, the frigatebird shows off his long tail:

Magnificent Frigatebird in flight

From another flyover, we can see the long, strongly-forked tail of the Magnificent Frigatebird:

Magnificent Frigatebird in flight

As we approached a very small island of rocks, this pair of frigatebirds were perched on one of the rocks:

Magnificent Frigatebird in flight

Photographic Equipment Used:

  • Canon 1D Mark 3 body
  • Canon 100-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens + Canon 1.4x TC
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250 and ISO 400
  • Aperture f/11
  • Shutter Speed 1/80 sec. to 1/640 sec.



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