Parasitic Jaeger

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Parasitic Jaeger.
I wrote the other day about seeing several new birds while on the boat trip. I am not as good identifying species of shore and sea birds as songbirds and raptors, so I know this is a Jaeger, probably a Parasitic Jaeger. If I am wrong hopefully someone who knows more than I do will let me know. Anyhow, these guys were like the stars of the show when it came to spotting birds. Our guide who was narrating would call out the bird and location. Everyone on the boat would go to that area. This guy actually flew right up to the stern, back of the boat, and hovered momentarily. I was back there with several students discussing “birds in flight”, when the call came over the speaker…”Jaeger, 6 o’clock”. I was at 300mm and was able to get a nice tight set of frames before the guest of honor flew off to the horizon.
I know some of you are having a meal soon or just finished, so I will keep this as bland as possible. Jaegers are clepto-parasitic, meaning they like to steal partially digested food from other birds, primarily gulls. They will force the gull under water or harass it until it…well…gives up it’s bounty. Almost like a kid stealing another kids lunch money..but not…his lunch…well you get the point.
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD lens on a Nikon D-7200, Manual Mode, f8, ISO 800, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/2500th of a second, Sirui P424S carbon fiber monopod and L-10 head, Peak Design Leash, Lowepro photo backpack, processed in Lightroom CC.

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