Frigatebird Dinnertime at Darwin Bay Beach on Genovesa in Galápagos, EC - Encircle Photos

24 Frigatebird Dinnertime at Darwin Bay Beach on Genovesa in Galápagos, EC

The breeding season for frigatebirds – from initial bonding until the end of parenthood – is typically two years. Each monogamous pair will produce and raise only one chick during this period. However, because frigatebirds are colonial, it is common to see several chicks huddled together in sparse brush along with other seabirds. Although the chicks are fed regularly after hatching, the frequency is lessened as they grow older. So, after not eating for one or two days, you can imagine the ruckus these youngsters make when a parent swoops in with dinner. The noisy chick is silenced as it sticks its head inside of the adult’s bill while receiving the regurgitated food.

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Great Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island, Galápagos, Ecuador

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