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