Juvenile Magnificent Frigatebird feeding

PhotographerKeith Ellenbogen
PrizeSilver in Nature / Underwater
Entry Description

Within Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve I observed one of natures most extraordinary behaviors — the aerial acrobatics of seabirds feeding. I photographed a juvenile Magnificent Frigatebird feeding. This is an over/under image of a juvenile Magnificent Frigatebird as it dives into the water after its silvery fish prey. Frigatebirds never land on water, and always take their food items in flight. This picture was taken on photography assignment with the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) focusing on the Mesoamerican Reef in Mexico.

About Photographer

Keith Ellenbogen is a wildlife conservation photographer with an emphasis on marine environments.   He has worked with numerous conservation organizations to create beautiful images and promote environmental awareness. His images have been published worldwide in newspapers, magazines, and books as well as on TV. Keith will be a Visiting Artist at MIT for the 2015-16 academic year. He is a Senior Fellow with The International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), a Fellow with the Explorers Club, and an Assistant Professor of Photography at the Fashion Institute of Technology/SUNY.  He holds an MFA from Parsons School for Design and was awarded a U.S. Fulbright Fellowship. ( www.bluereef.com )