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Old May 14, 2005, 06:11 AM
JakBQuik
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Birds in Cancun

I can't be sure, but I would guess what you saw were frigate birds. They are famous for attacking other gulls etc, which will drop, or even regurgitate any fish onboard.
Old May 14, 2005, 06:11 AM
Ray Hayes
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Re: Birds in Cancun

Frigate was my guess too, they are black and have extreme high aspect ratio
wings, with a very distinct dihedral crook in the wings and long forked
tail. They can thermal out in the lightest of lift leaving see gulls and
etc. to flapping. My favorite Sea bird to watch fly.


Ray Hayes
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Subject: [RCSE] Birds in Cancun


I can't be sure, but I would guess what you saw were frigate birds. They
are famous for attacking other gulls etc, which will drop, or even
regurgitate any fish onboard.


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Old May 14, 2005, 10:11 AM
Steve Meyer
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Re: Birds in Cancun

Yes, Jak and Ray are correct. Thank you very much. Google found many good
sources and pics.

The Magnificent Frigatebird
<http://www.enature.com/fieldguide/showSpeciesFT.asp?fotogID=568&curPageNum=8&recnum= BD0056>

Very entertaining to watch, an effortless soaring bird. A regular
residence of the Mexican Caribbean. I awoke one morning at sunrise to
watch a whole line of Frigatebirds up and down the coast. Below them was
an Eagle sloping the buildings, hunting for fish. Below that Pelicans
workings the various sloping opportunities close in, swooping down and
skimming the surf taking advantage of the "ground effect". Then the plunge
for a fish. All to the sound of pounding surf and a warm sea
breeze. Think I will Zen out for a moment before heading to Iowa for a
contest.....

But first... I have heard of many Bird names used for sail planes but not
the Frigate.
Eagle, Pelican, Stork, and Black Hawk come to mind right away. How many
more are there?

Cold, cloudy, and windy here in Chicago

Frigatebirds in Cancun http://www.stevenmeyer.net/CANCUN-05.../DSC03846.html


Steve Meyer
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LSF IV


At 05:15 AM 5/14/2005, Ray Hayes wrote:
>Frigate was my guess too, they are black and have extreme high aspect ratio
>wings, with a very distinct dihedral crook in the wings and long forked
>tail. They can thermal out in the lightest of lift leaving see gulls and
>etc. to flapping. My favorite Sea bird to watch fly.
>
>
>Ray Hayes
>http://www.skybench.com
>Home of Wood Crafters
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "JakBQuik" <jbriscoe2@austin.rr.com>
>To: <soaring@airage.com>
>Sent: Saturday, May 14, 2005 5:07 AM
>Subject: [RCSE] Birds in Cancun
>
>
>I can't be sure, but I would guess what you saw were frigate birds. They
>are famous for attacking other gulls etc, which will drop, or even
>regurgitate any fish onboard.


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