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Brown Booby

Brown Booby
Photo Information
Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII, Canon EF 300mm f2.8 USM IS
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Christmas Island [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-10-24 8:34
Viewed: 5425
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) is a large seabird of the gannet family, Sulidae. The adult brown booby reaches about 76 cm. (30 in.) in length. Its head and upper body are covered in dark brown, with the remainder being a contrasting white. The juvenile form is gray-brown with darkening on the head, wings and tail. While these birds are typically silent, bird watchers have reported occasional sounds similar to grunting or quacking.

This species breeds on islands and coasts in the pantropical areas of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. They frequent the breeding grounds of the islands in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. This bird nests in large colonies, laying two chalky blue eggs on the ground in a mound of broken shells and vegetation. It winters at sea over a wider area.

Brown Booby pairs may remain together over several seasons. They perform elaborate greeting rituals.

Brown Boobies are spectacular divers, plunging into the ocean at high speed. They mainly eat small fish or squid which gather in groups near the surface and may catch leaping fish while skimming the surface. Although they are powerful and agile fliers, they are particularly clumsy in takeoffs and landings; they use strong winds and high perches to assist their takeoffs.

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Hello James
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Perfect details,composition and lighting,
Superb shot,Welldone.


Hello James,
Very good pose captured of this Brown Booby!
good DOF with perfect clarity, natural colour and so much details in it!
thanks so much for the wonderful useful notes regarding this bird

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-10-24 10:51]

Hi James
Nice capture.Good vertical POV.Sahrp iamge whit nice details and color.
TFS Michel

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-24 11:36]

Nice shot of this Brown Booby.
+++ Superbly composed with a superb POV... excellent eye-contact. Very sharp with crisp edges. Nice colours aswell. A perfect BG to show it's a coastal bird.
--- Nothing ;)
Well done James,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-10-24 11:39]

Hi James. What a fine looking bird. You have captured a fine pose with it lokking out to sea. good detail and natural colours. well done TFS. good notes too.

Hi James,
Well exposed, sharp focus, good contrast and composition, with nice catch light in eye. TFS. Mustafa

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-10-24 15:45]

Hi James,

Nice shot of this Booby. The pose is wonderful and he looks great in profile. Good natural colors and good details. The sky is a perfect background.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-25 1:02]

Hi James,
Nice capture of this brown booby with a good POV, nice composition and colors. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi James,
A beautiful capture of this Brown Booby. Excellent details and a very good composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-10-25 1:36]

Hi James,
whata great looking bird, excellent DOF and a a lovely composition. Of all the places you've been that i know of, this has to be the one i'm most jealous of. Christmas Island has long held a fascination for me..If anyone on here should be doing a travelogue, it's you my friend!

Hi James,
The blacks of the Booby look great against this varied blue bokeh, I like it.
Nice details, a difficult exposure scenario here.
Well done.

Hi James.
Excellent shapness and detail, he sure stands out against the blue sea, beautifully done. He sure has a wonderful pose for you. Great exposure and colour,


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-10-25 2:38]

Hello James,
These are wonderful birds and your capture is excellent. I like its pose and the sharp profile. It looks good against the blue sky!
We've seen them off the coast of Tobago.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-25 4:30]

Hi James,
Just marking it and will come back in a while with a proper critique.

For whatever reason when I saw the photo's title on my favorite's alert I read it as Bobby Brown and I couldn't figure out why Whitney Houston's ex-husband was pictured at Treknature!

A wonderful shot...very good pose.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-25 10:10]
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Hi James.
What a cute bird, interesting back POV, brilliant reproduction of the bird and (and what ? :- ))) substrate. It is funny but I don't know what I BG: cloudy sky or blurred water surface. In any case shot is wonderful. My best wishes and TFS.

  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-10-25 12:22]

selam james; excellent shot and very good composition of this lovely booby .nice pov and dof with splendid colours. well presented pose
Well done ! PT
Regards ridvan

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-10-26 11:07]

Hello James,
Beautiful clear colours in this photo. Great DOF, BG, POV and composition.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-10-26 19:31]

Hello James

Ok so not so much "brown" on this booby.LOL.But still a wonderful shot with excellent focus and sharpness of detail.Well composed against the beautiful blue water and sky.The colours are natural and well saturated.TFS

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