Date: 1/30/17 4:34 pm From: David Gardner (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Re: Sea Bird ID question?
I would love for it to be a Manx - that would be a lifer, but at least with Sibley, it appears that the Shearwater wings appear much straighter than the wings of the bird i observed, which is why i got a slight impression of a Frigate bird. I will say, the coloration does match perfectly, it's just the shape of the wings that seems contrary. David
On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 6:37 PM, Jack Rogers <jack...> wrote:
> 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 >