Parasitic Jaegers at Wisconsin Point prior to Jaegerfest Weekend in Superior Wisconsin on September 21, 2016

I made the run up with Bill G and Ryan S to Wisconsin Point in Superior Wisconsin for a taste of what Jaegerfest, the coming weekend was all about. It was a great time watching at least 4 Parasitic Jaegers chase gulls for the food they were carrying. After leaving Waukesha at midnight and arriving at Wisconsin Point by 5:00 am we had a few minutes before a beautiful sunrise. At sun up Parasitic Jaeger action started and continued about every 15 minutes till we left around 11:00 am. The action and speed of these birds could not be captured in images, it was amazing event to see! A couple of American Avocets also did a flyby off the shore with nice views. The bird of the day for me was the Sabine’s Gulls, a flock of 2 and then 4, a state lifer! The Sabine’s Gulls stayed out very far from shore and only gave distant views. A fun day with birding friends and meeting a few new ones too. The time we were there, it was mostly sunny and mild temps in the 60’s with steady winds off the lake. Images were taken on September 21, 2016.

Parasitic Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger (3rd year sub-adult)

Parasitic Jaeger

Binomial name: Stercorarius parasiticus

Category: Skuas and Jaegers

Size: 16.5″, adult to 20″ long, 46” wingspan

Weight: 1 Lb

Parasitic Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger (3rd year sub-adult)

Parasitic Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger (3rd year sub-adult)

Parasitic Jaeger (3rd year sub-adult)

Parasitic Jaeger (3rd year sub-adult)

Parasitic Jaeger chasing a gull

Parasitic Jaeger, juvenile, chasing a gull

Parasitic Jaeger, juvenile, chasing a gull

Parasitic Jaeger, juvenile, chasing a gull

A Parasitic Jaeger disrupts a group of gulls chasing a gull

A Parasitic Jaeger comes into an area of water where gulls are sitting and the area irrupts and the jaeger typically chases a bird with food in its mouth

A Parasitic Jaeger disrupts a group of gulls chasing a gull

A Parasitic Jaeger comes into an area of water where gulls are sitting and the area irrupts and the jaeger typically chasesa bird with food in its mouth

Parasitic Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger, juvenile

Parasitic Jaeger, juvenile

Parasitic Jaeger, juvenile

Parasitic Jaeger, juvenile

Parasitic Jaeger, juvenile

Parasitic Jaeger, juvenile

Parasitic Jaeger, juvenile

Parasitic Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger (3rd year sub-adult)

American Avocets

American Avocets

American Avocets

American Avocets

American Avocet

American Avocet

American Avocets

American Avocets

American Avocets

American Avocets

American Avocets

American Avocets

American Avocets

American Avocets

American Avocets

American Avocets

American Avocets

American Avocets

Some of the gang waiting for the next jaeger to come in!

Some of the gang waiting for the next jaeger to come in!

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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

3 Responses to Parasitic Jaegers at Wisconsin Point prior to Jaegerfest Weekend in Superior Wisconsin on September 21, 2016

  1. Annie says:

    Awesome Jim. Thanks for sharing with us “back home”. I’ve read a lot about Jaeger Fest and thought….someday! Quite an experience I’m sure. Thanks for sharing your adventure.

  2. peggy Lison says:

    Great shots of Jaegers Jim but love the avocets!!
    Fantastic job and great day for you!!!

    Cheers from Peggy in Madison

  3. Cathy Heyen, Brookfield, WI says:

    Seeing these photos places a smile on my face and I’m filled with joy and excitement…thank you for taking these exisite photos!!…I plan to attend Jagerfest in the future. Hey, hope you’ll come to our 1st Ben Goss bird club of the year on Sunday, 09-25-16, and share this experience.

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