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A Stow-Away on Board...

At the jetty early one morning, I noticed a shrimp boat on the channel.  As often as I go there, I tend to 'know the ships'  but...this one I hadn't seen before. It was large, and colorful, and I wanted to find out what the owner named it. The name was Morning Lord. Huh? Just what does that mean? That they get up before daybreak, and out to sea...being the 'lord' of the morning...or a greeting out at sea...like... G'day Lord? Who knows? Actually, you probably don't even care! But I took a photo of it...mainly 'cause it's RED. When I got home, I got the photo...took it off the camera card, and noticed something there that I didn't see when at the jetty!!! I then cropped it to enlarge the bird! See it? [notice the arrows I added]....way too large for a seagull or a pelican. If I would've paid more attention and actually saw it, I'd taken more photos; I've only seen them in the wild a couple of times before this; flying, in search of its meal, over water...






This particular bird is a SEA bird....meaning, it rarely is found on land!! Always on the water...fishing for food, or, I've even read before they can be 'pirate birds' meaning the steal from other birds. 

Except when breeding....they are then found far out on the oceans/gulf, on islands.

The "stow-away" has a species name of... Magnificent Frigatebird - and very rare to sight them so near my area of Texas!!  This one I spotted by accident, is probably a female or a juvenile....the male of the species has the bright red throat that is displayed during courtship.

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  1. How cool is that??? You have such a keen eye!

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    1. I didn't at the time...wish I woulda noticed when I was just yards away from it!

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  2. What a cool find. Too bad you didn't spot it while you were out there. I always wonder how people come up with the names they give their boats

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    1. Some boat names make you wanna shake your head in wonder?!

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  3. You sure do have a good eye.... and what a wealth of knowledge.. Had you made it as part of your educational background or self taught?

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    1. Self taught! Lots-a reading & live birding trips!

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  4. Hello, I love the shot of the birds flying around the fishing boat. Neat sighting of the Frigatebird. Enjoy your day and weekend!

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    1. I like to view that kinda scene too!

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    2. PS, thanks for linking up your post. Much appreciated!

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    3. Thanks Eileen, & thanks for hosting.

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  5. Interesting bird. And I think the boat name works best with a comma between the two words. :-)

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  6. WOW! Great find! I love it when there is a surprise in a photo. I had one this week, too. Not nearly as cool as yours, though! Happy Saturday!

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    1. Oh I think the hogs in your surprise was great too.

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  7. That is exciting! I love the picture of the shrimp boat and its name as well. To top it you have the sighting of the frigatebird! Yikes!

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    1. Wish I'd paid more attention to the birds tho.

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  8. I would never have noticed that bird. the name applies, I have not heard of these before either... now I am curious about the name, maybe he is saying Good Morning Lord, or his boat is Lord of the Morning, but then why not name it that.. we could look up the boat and ask him... lol...… great find in ship and bird...

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    1. I am inclined to be lord of the morning. lol

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  9. No that is a cool capture, and spotting. I just adore that ship too!

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    1. Glad you hopped aboard Karen

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  10. Here we say 'Morning, Lord' at each new dawn instead of 'Good Lord, Morning Already!' :)
    Have a great weekend!

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  11. That is amazing...and a great photo! I like that you found one with a little arrow pointed right at it...hahaha! Just kidding! Thanks for 'pointing' things out for us! Hugs!

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  12. wow! I have heard of Frigatebirds, and seen them on T.V. So is this type of Frigate a different kind, or the same kind? The boat is beautiful!

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  13. The 'stow-away' looks out of place with the smaller birds.

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  14. Having the picture be unexpected made it even more special. - Margy

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  15. Good for you for spotting that bird. Great photos!

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    1. Thanks...it would be sweet if it returned again. lol

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    1. High five with you...thanks.

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  17. All that riggin would confuse me.
    Coffee is on

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  18. Wow! How exciting to see that magnificent frigate bird!

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    1. Wish I'd known it was there before it was too late.

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