Frigate Birds - Sydney area

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Subject: Frigate Birds - Sydney area
From: "Mike Simpson" <>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2003 19:10:04 +1100
I was just reading through Chris Chafers Illawarra bird lists and came across his notation that Frigate Birds had only been listed twice off the Illawarra coast, and I was wondering how often they appear in the Sydney area.
My main reason for asking is that I am familiar with frigate birds having lived on Ascension Island, S.Atlantic for 2 years and the Ascension Frigate Bird was an everyday sight there, waiting for the brown boobies and gannets to catch a fish, attacking the boobies in mid air causing them to drop their catch, then snatching the fish in mid air.
When I came to Sydney in the early 1970s, I worked high in an office block in Macquarie Street, overlooking the Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbour. One day I clearly saw a pair of Frigate Birds circling over the harbour and watched them for about 15 minutes. I had not been in the country long, and was not all that interested in bird watching, so thought no more about it.
Thanks - Mike.
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