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p.1 #1 · Jaegers - The Winged Pirates


Thanks for looking.

Jaeger is a German word meaning HUNTER. Jaegers just love Gulls! Why? Because these powerful, strong-flying birds are masters at stealing their food.

In order to find Jaegers, you must find Gulls. Where do you find Gulls? One place Gulls hang out is by a shrimp boat.




Jaegers fly low over the water like a cruise missile. Notice their overall Gull-like appearance with the exception of its Falcon-like wings.




Once these fearless feathered pirates spot a Gull the GAME IS ON!




Jaegers are relentless in their pursuit of Gulls and don't give up. The Jaeger banked and was back on the Gull in no time.




This is right before the Jaeger rammed the Gull from behind.




The Gull had enough of the Jaeger's harassment and gave up his fish. The fish is falling from the Gull's mouth as the Jaeger looks on with his mouth wide open.




The Jaeger picks up the fish from the water leaving the Gull to hunt once again.

So, are these feathered Pirates lazy for not always hunting their own prey or are they smart for letting others do their work?




A tagged Brown Pelican sitting on the Jetty Rocks. The first I've seen.




Lagniappe




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Happy New Year,
Tom




Dec 29, 2012 at 10:39 AM
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p.1 #2 · Jaegers - The Winged Pirates


Very nice images with a great narrative


Dec 29, 2012 at 11:29 AM
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p.1 #3 · Jaegers - The Winged Pirates


I enjoyed both the words and the shots Tom ~ Ron


Dec 29, 2012 at 11:59 AM
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p.1 #4 · Jaegers - The Winged Pirates


Interesting. I guess just a smaller version of eagles chasing other eagles who already caught a fish because it's easier to let another eagle to do all the work. Nature. Who knew? Great to catch these pics.


Dec 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM
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p.1 #5 · Jaegers - The Winged Pirates


Wonderful narrative and pictures ! Had no idea, very interesting .

Birdie



Dec 29, 2012 at 02:29 PM
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p.1 #6 · Jaegers - The Winged Pirates


Really nice shots and story Tom - I enjoyed them all and even got to learn a new word

- jim



Dec 29, 2012 at 02:44 PM
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p.1 #7 · Jaegers - The Winged Pirates


Interesting set Thomas.


Dec 29, 2012 at 02:50 PM
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p.1 #8 · Jaegers - The Winged Pirates


Well done Thomas!
Douglas



Dec 29, 2012 at 03:09 PM
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p.1 #9 · Jaegers - The Winged Pirates


Happy New Year Tom. Wonderful narration, I never knew of this. The action is well documented. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Tim



Dec 29, 2012 at 03:48 PM
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p.1 #10 · Jaegers - The Winged Pirates


Superb narrative with the shots, Thanks for introducing me to these little pirates.


Dec 29, 2012 at 04:48 PM
 

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p.1 #11 · Jaegers - The Winged Pirates


Nicely done.
Last one my favorite .



Dec 29, 2012 at 04:56 PM
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p.1 #12 · Jaegers - The Winged Pirates


Nice action series Thomas.

Paul.



Dec 29, 2012 at 05:06 PM
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p.1 #13 · Jaegers - The Winged Pirates


gshawus wrote:
Very nice images with a great narrative


Much appreciated gshawus!



Dec 29, 2012 at 08:27 PM
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p.1 #14 · Jaegers - The Winged Pirates


surfnron wrote:
I enjoyed both the words and the shots Tom ~ Ron


Hiya' Ron,

Thanks! I'm glad you liked the pics / narrative.



Dec 29, 2012 at 08:29 PM
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acjd wrote:
Interesting. I guess just a smaller version of eagles chasing other eagles who already caught a fish because it's easier to let another eagle to do all the work. Nature. Who knew? Great to catch these pics.


Thanks kindly acjd. Mother Nature's thieves run wild.



Dec 29, 2012 at 08:30 PM
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birdied wrote:
Wonderful narrative and pictures ! Had no idea, very interesting .

Birdie


Actually we heard Razorbills were rounding Florida due to the Hurricane and heading west so we were hoping we might sight some from my friend's boat as there are no documented records of this species in Louisiana.

If we saw no Razorbills we were hoping for Gannets or Jaegers. We saw no Gannets but were lucky to see 5 Pomarine Jaegers and 2 Parasitic Jaegars. We were overly excited about the Parasitic Jaeger as it they are on the Review list.

Best,
Tom



Dec 29, 2012 at 08:38 PM
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jwestfall wrote:
Really nice shots and story Tom - I enjoyed them all and even got to learn a new word

- jim



Thanks a lot Jim !!



Dec 29, 2012 at 08:38 PM
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p.1 #18 · Jaegers - The Winged Pirates


KCollett wrote:
Interesting set Thomas.



THANKS !!!



Dec 29, 2012 at 08:39 PM
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douter wrote:
Well done Thomas!
Douglas



Thank you kindly Douglas!



Dec 29, 2012 at 08:40 PM
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Tim Kuhn wrote:
Happy New Year Tom. Wonderful narration, I never knew of this. The action is well documented. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Tim



Hi Tim,

I'm glad you liked it. This was my first time to see Jaegers and witness their behavior. It was an enjoyable day and a special bird to share.



Dec 29, 2012 at 08:42 PM
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