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Parasitic jaeger        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Jaegers are active, predatory relatives of gulls and terns.   Parasitic jaegers are intermediate in size between the delicate long-tailed jaeger and the large, powerful pomarine jaeger.   All vigorously defend their nests, but I approached slowly and one pair (near Churchill, Manitoba) got used to my presence quickly.   Other images are of a juvenile bird that appeared on migration at Bolsa Chica wetlands in coastal Orange County, California; it never came close enough for a good photo.   Others (including an adult flying with a juvenile) were photographed in Monterey Bay, California.

  • Canon 10D, 100-400mm IS lens at about 150-250 mm (flying) and 400 mm (sitting) (2003)