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Long-tailed jaeger        Images © Mark A. Chappell

As a group, jaegers are active, predatory relatives of gulls and terns.   Long-tailed jaegers are the smallest and most graceful of the group.   They breed on the tundra but spend the northern winter at sea, far to the south (as far as the southern hemisphere).   The adults were photographed in Churchill, Manitoba and in in Denali National Park, Alaska.   The more brownish and heavily-banded juvenile birds were migrating through Monterey Bay, California; in a couple of photos feeding bluefin tuna can be seen.   Numerous seabirds were attracted to the sardines the tuna had driven to the surface.

  • Canon 10D, 1D Mk. II or R7, 500 mm f4 IS or 100-400 Mk. II zoom, some with 1.4X converter, some with fill-in flash (2003, 2005, 2022)