Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens

An extremely rare vagrant to Europe. Storm-driven birds are often recorded well outside of their usual range within North America but very few seem to survive crossing the Atlantic. Other species of Frigatebird have been recorded in Europe so if you are lucky enough to find one here do not assume it is necessarily Magnificent (but good luck to you identifying it)!

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Magnificent Frigatebird, Marco Island (Florida, USA), 14th April 2013

 

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Magnificent Frigatebirds, Key Largo (Florida, USA), 19th April 2013

 

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Magnificent Frigatebird, Stock Island (Florida, USA), 19th April 2013

 

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Magnificent Frigatebirds, from MV Playmate to Dry Tortugas (Florida, USA), 20th April 2013

 

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Magnificent Frigatebirds, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas (Florida, USA), 20th April 2013

 

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Magnificent Frigatebirds, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas (Florida, USA), 21st April 2013

 

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Magnificent Frigatebirds, Long Key, Dry Tortugas (Florida, USA), 21st April 2013