|Female Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens, Galápagos.|
She accompanied our boat (with many companions - see below) for kilometres,
and I don't recall once seeing her flap.
|Waved Albatross Phoebastria irrorata. Española, Galápagos.|
Albatrosses are also consummate soarers and utilise high aspect ratio wings.
|Straw-necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis soaring, Grenfell, New South Wales.|
(I love the way the two birds on the left are undertaking running repairs to their feathers.)
|Black-breasted Buzzard Hamirostra melanosternon, Uluru, central Australia.|
Many soaring birds have black wingtips, because the melanin confers resistance to wear.
|Andean Condor Vultur gryphus, Los Glaciares NP, Argentina.|
One of the great soarers!
|Galápagos Hawk Buteo galapagoensis, Santiago, Galápagos.|
|White-bellied Sea Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster, Esperance, Western Australia.|
A magnificent sight soaring along coastlines (and sometimes well inland) from India to southern Australia.
|Little Eagle Hieraaetus morphnoides, Great Sandy Desert.|
|American Swallow-tailed Kite Elanoides forficatus, Ecuador.|
One of the smaller soarers but an efficient one,
which in part uses the skill to glean prey from foliage.
|Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus, Cobbold Station, north Queensland.|
|Australian Pelicans Pelecanus conspicillatus, Longreach Waterhole, Northern Territory.|
Pelicans constantly criss-cross the continent by using rising thermals, especially over sand dunes.