This beautiful flyer was our first real siting in the Galapagos. As we initially got on our boat and worked our way up to the observation deck, we were greeted by a male frigate “wind surfing” along with the boat. He remained with us for the entire first leg of our trip – soaring just beyond reach above the deck and providing lots of opportunity to take our first wildlife photos in the Galapagos. My wife also characterized the session as a chance for all of the photographers to compare lens sizes….as males are inclined to do.
When we arrived at our first stop the next morning we were treated to many more frigates in their environment and “strutting their stuff”. This first photo is again a male, showing off his incredibly red “pouch” for the females flying overhead.
I like the next shot of the female (red ring around the eye and white chest) approaching the male who appears to be perplexed about what to do next. In any case, we’ll leave that to your imagination.