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So we was exploring Bahia San Gabriel, just north of La Paz, when we saw this huge stack of frigate birds. So we walked underneath it, on the beach.p1060090

Frigate birds are legendary for their soaring ability.

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Supposedly they can stay aloft for months.

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But these guys would swoop down and dip into the brush and weeds.

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First we thought they were eating the legendary Baja Face-Eating-Spiders, but then we saw one come up with a mouth-full of grass. Nesting!

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The next day, completely by accident, we found the rookery. Hundreds of these magnificent birds stuck in bushes and acting like idiots. Sex was the only plausible explanation.

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Clearly, aerodynamics is not the only part of this bird affected by his…desires.

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There were lots of birds trying to be this magnificent, but most couldn’t find their footing.

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This guy did OK, though.

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This may be some sort of prep area, where they get their game straightened out.

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Epic. Really, truly epic.

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