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Peruvian Booby - 1st TN Posting

Peruvian Booby - 1st TN Posting
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Copyright: James Parker (Jamesp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 2, The Wildlife, Plants and Scenery of Chile [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-10-06 11:55
Viewed: 5577
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As ever this was taken from a boat with my 300mm 2.8 + 1.4x converter. I did a search on the site and this is the first posting of this species.

The Peruvian Booby, Sula variegata, is an endemic bird of the Peruvian current whose distribution is restricted to the west coast of South America from Punta Pariñas (4.6°S) in Peru to Concepción in Chile (Harrison 1988). It is the second most abundant seabird species that inhabits the Peruvian Coast and the second most important guano-producing seabird. During the mid-twentieth century, the Peruvian Booby population reached 3 million birds.

After ENSO 1982-83, less than 0.2 million birds were left. Peruvian Booby population was recovering since 1984 and reached in 1996 more than 2.6 million birds. ENSO 1997-98 started after most boobies finished the breeding season and caused a southward migration of birds. The number of Peruvian Boobies in Peru decreased through 1997 in about 87.1% due to this reason, few birds were found dead along the coast.

Peruvian Boobies breed throughout the year. Main breeding season occurs during the austral spring-summer period (September to March) and most pairs may attempt to breed for a second time during the year depending on food availability. Peruvian Boobies clutch size varies from one to four eggs, but clutches of two or three eggs, pale blue in color, are usually found. Eggs are incubated during approximately 4 to 5 weeks, both adults share the nest attendance. The rearing period lasts about 3 months. Breeding success depends on food availability and is related to colony location, colony size and timing of breeding.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-10-06 11:58]

Hi James . Congrats on the first posting of the Peruvian Booby posted on TN. You have a natural talent for taking pictures from a boat. I am sure this is not as easy as you make it look. Quite an unusual looking bird which you have taken with fine detail and natural looking colours. well done TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-10-06 13:21]

Hello James,
What an nice bird! That's so cute! Very good colours & details. Lighting,clear details and composition are wonderful.Very well done.Best regards Siggi

Hello James,

a very nice picture with good pov, dof and composition.
Fine natural colours.


Hi james,
Congratulations for this postiing, interestin species and note. Excellent capture of th nice Peruvian Booby.
TFS. Ferran

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-10-06 17:24]

Hi James,

I'm jealous - I have always wanted to see a Booby and never had the opportunity. A wonderful pose showing off the marvelous wings and the fine profile. The blacks and whites are wonderful and the details are excellent. I love the natural setting and the composition. Congratulations on being the first to present this bird on TN.


hello James

congratulations for this first timer bird on TN,
an excellent shot of the Peruvian Booby with fine POV & DOF
and appropriate framing, but James i think a little bit more space
in front of the bird where his looking the photo would be more excellent,
the focus is superb with great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-10-06 19:41]

Hello James,
It's great to be critiquing one of your magnificent images from one of your great adventures. Congratulations on this TrekNature first what a splendid species, captured superbly by your camera work. Cheers Jmaes.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-10-06 21:04]
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Congratulations, James, on introducing a new species to the TN Ark. : )
A very handsome booby presented with excellent details and POV.
How do you get such sharp pictures from a boat?
TFS. : )

Hi James,

Its been while since I was here, finally got back home after a five week break.

Excellent shot of this Peruvian Booby, and congratulations on introducing a new species to TN. The detail in the plumage and the exposure in the whites is perfect.

Superb work, shows great camera skills shooting from a boat with a 300mm 2.8 and a converter as well.

All the best, cheers Rick :)

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-10-07 3:56]

Hello James,
Congratulations with this new species on TN. And how!! Fantastic sharpness and details, which is not easy in all the blacks and whites; and from a boat. Beautiful natural colours, pose and POV. Excellent DOF and BG.

Woowww...Congrats! this 1st on TN capture of this beautiful booby Big Brother James!
Thanks to you, now i learnt an additional natural element!
As usual you presented this beauty in great way, writing a great notes on it.
TFS and have a nice day brother!


Hello James
Nice to see another new species for TN; congratulations on the first posting of the Peruvian Booby. Its shot is great, with focus, POV/DOF, exposure and composition. it is very beautiful with red eyes. thanks for sharing, with good informative notes. best wishes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-10-07 9:48]

Hello James,
A lovely capture of this rarely seen Booby showing it in a nice pose. Great focus on the red eye and very fine details of the plumage. A beautiful bird!
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

Hello James, great shot of this lovely booby with excellent sharpness and composition.
TFS and regards, Bahadır

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-08 7:40]

Hello James,
I'm glad I saw this, great capture of this rare species of Booby, the Peruvian. Well taken from a boat from a great POV that shows all its features with fine sharpness and colours.
Congratulations on this TN first!

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