TROPICBIRDS   -   PHAETHONTIDAE


Red-billed Tropicbird - Phaethon aethereus
Red-billed Tropicbird
Phaethon aethereus mesonauta
Swan Cay, Bocas del Toro province, Panama.
This beautiful seabird is found locally in tropical waters in the Pacific, Atlantic, Red Sea, and Persian Gulf. This photo was taken at a small nesting colony that I visited on a day trip from Tranquilo Bay Lodge, and it was a great spot to try to get flight shots of these elegant birds. (S8)


Red-billed Tropicbird - Phaethon aethereus
Red-billed Tropicbird
Phaethon aethereus mesonauta
Espaņola Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.
A common nester on many of the Galapagos Islands. (S5)


Red-billed Tropicbird - Phaethon aethereus
Red-billed Tropicbird
Phaethon aethereus mesonauta
Espaņola Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.
(S5)


Red-billed Tropicbird - Phaethon aethereus
Red-billed Tropicbird
Phaethon aethereus mesonauta
Floreana Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.
This bird landed on our yacht to rest while we were cruising between islands during the night. It took off shortly after dawn. (S5f)



Next page
Previous page
Back to gallery index










Website design and all photos copyright Nick Athanas
For questions, comments, or photograph licensing info, please email