Frigate Birds on the island of Barbuda.
Frigate Birds are an endangered species and Barbuda has on
of the most important nesting sites in the world; the
Frigate Bird Sanctuary
is located at Codrington Lagoon on the northwest part of
Barbuda which is only accessible by boat. The picture
depicts mating Frigate Birds nesting in the mangrove swamps.
The male bird puffs up his huge red breast in an attempt to
attract a female mate. The Frigate Birds mating season is
from September to April.
Barbuda is home to some 5,000 Frigate Birds
which can have a wingspan of up to five feet. These birds
are adapt flyers but they are unable to either walk or swim.
Their main source of food is fish and other Frigate Birds
will attack in the air in an attempt to get they fellow
birds to drop their catch.