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Frigatebirds Drifting Effortless On The Wind

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Magnificent Barbados Frigatebirds drifting effortless on the wind at Accra Beach and the Boardwalk. A remarkable sight and experience that awaits you in Barbados. What are you waiting for?

Effortless Freedom – Barbados Awaits You

The majestic Frigatebird glides like an albatross in the air. With its massive 6-foot wing span, it floats in the air and catches the updraft current to soar high into the sky and drift down into the crystal blue.

She feels the trade winds’ soft breeze over the coconut palms and sees the eels and garfish lazing in the silver-blue sea as she makes the sky her very own. She swoops to snatch her prey and escapes the pursuers that she has proudly outdone in her majestic forage in the silver dawn.

Take time out to relax and marvel at these magnificent, effortless air travellers as they float and drift with the wind and tropical breezes, gracefully shifting with updrafts and currents.

Life on the Wing

These magical Frigatebirds live along the coasts of the Caribbean
islands and islands in tropical and subtropical waters. In Barbados, they nest in the mangrove along the Graeme Hall Nature Sanctuary. They find refuge along the coral reefs and in low trees and shrubs around the island.

As they migrate, they can fly for months at times and will sleep by taking short naps in the air as they glide effortlessly along.

A new study about the Great Frigatebird, published earlier this month in Nature Communications, attests to the fact that the frigatebird’s aerial feats are astonishing.

Their research found that, “on their wandering flights, frigatebirds can stay aloft for up to two months without touching down on land or water.” They can float on the sea to take a break but they can’t swim. Although they live by the sea, they are not water birds and will get waterlogged and drown.

Niels Rattenborg of Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Ornithology studied their sleep patterns by implanting electroencephalographs (EEGs) into some of the birds. They found that frigatebirds “do sleep while flying. They sleep very little—about 45 minutes each day in short ten-second bursts, usually after dark.”

Frigatebirds in Flight

While on land, the Frigatebirds sleep one minute at a time throughout the day and night for a total of roughly 12 hours each day.

Video – Frigatebirds Owning The Sky

“They will fly for months and sleep as they drift on the back of the wind.”

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