Date: 1/30/17 3:38 pm
From: Jack Rogers <jack...>
Subject: Re: Sea Bird ID question?
Not a Manx Shearwater, was it? Certainly matches your description.

On Mon, Jan 30, 2017, 6:36 PM David Gardner <carolinabirds...> wrote:

> Hi Folks,
> I'm staying on Jekyll Island, GA (I know not technically carolinabirds
> territory, but figured you could help with the ID).
> I was on the beach just before sunset (sun behind me - if that helps
> understand the lighting), and saw what appeared to be a black/very dark
> brown backed and winged bird with very pointed wings, white or pale belly
> and dark neck and head, flying very purposefully with powerful wing beats
> about 10ft off of the water.
> The first species that came to mind was a jaeger species - but I
> definitely did not see the white patches on the wings on the top or
> underside of the wings. Thinking that that rules out the jaegers (I may be
> wrong), the next thought was an odd looking Frigate bird. I say that just
> to give you an idea of the overall impression, because I'm pretty convinced
> it was not one. Key things that it didn't have was - it did not have an
> exceptionally long tail, and even though it had very aggressively angled
> wings, the wings did not appear long enough to be a frigatebird. Also, I
> did not notice a significant bill.
> So, my conclusion is a jaeger without the white patches, but I don't know
> if that is possible. If that's the case, then which jaeger (Pomarine?). Any
> thoughts, insights on this would be helpful.
> Thanks,
> David
> Sent from my iPhone


Jack Rogers
Mt Pleasant, SC

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