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Blue-footed Booby

Blue-footed Booby
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Copyright: Selen Ediger (SelenE) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of South America, 50-59 points Chapter 7, Birds of Ecuador, Fauna of NEOTROPIC (Central & South America) Reg. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-04 16:56
Viewed: 8721
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Galapagos is home to three varieties of booby the Blue-Footed, Red-Footed and Masked Boobies. This famous one is the Blue-Footed Booby. Photographed in the north shore of the Santa Cruz Island in the mangrove lagoon called the Black Turtle Cove, accessible only by sea.

They are excellent divers,it was amazing to watch them hunting.When they spot a fish they break into a graceful dive, and they make almost no splash as they enter the water. Unfortunately I couldn't catch them during that action... You can check this one in order to have an idea :o)

Blue-footed Booby
Sula nebouxii
Endemic subspecies

*As its name suggests, the chief identfying feature of this booby is the bright blue feet. The plumage is brown above, white below, with the wings being a darker brown than the rest of the body. Juveniles are completely brown. The sexes can be identified in four rather subtle ways. The female is larger, has an apparently larger eye pupil than the male and ‘honks’ as opposed to the male’s ‘whistle’; she also generally has rather darker blue feet. These distinguishing features are most apparent when a couple are together, though the ‘honking’ and ‘whistling’ is recognisable on its own.

Blue-footed boobies are found throughout the islands and breed on all the islands.

*Source: Wildlife of the Galapagos
Julian Fitter,Daniel Fitter,David Hosking
Princeton Pocketguides, ISBN 0-691-10295-3

Exposure program: Manual
Exposure Time: 1/250
F-Stop: f/7.1
ISO Speed Ratings: 400
Focal Length: 130 mm (full frame)
Date Taken: 2007-04-28 16:25
Metering Mode: Pattern

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-04 17:02]

Hi Selen

I really like this picture. The pose is great and the light simply wonderful - you have turned the harsh Galapagos light to your advantage. Great POV and DOF also.


Hi Selen,
A great capture of this blue booby!
It's amazing the light blue of their feet, it really calls the attention.
It's very good the illumination here, with the reflection of it in the down part of the bird's body.
You got a nicely blurred and beautiful background.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Selen.
Very nice shot. Great feet. Impressive shot. Well done. tfs. Stev

Derinlik,keskinlik,ayaklarındaki renkler ve özellikler gagasından sızan ışık harika ellerine sağlık Selen

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-04 17:46]

merhaba selen ;oldukça güzel bir kus calismasi ; arka plan ve komposizyon oldukca hosuma gitti, renkler ve detaylar göz alıcı ,göz teması ve bakıs acısı cok hos olmus ,tebrikler

iyi geceler Selen.
gayet net,dogal ve güzel bir fotograf,özellikle gözlerde olan canlılık vede buz mavisi ayaklar işi bitirmiş paylaşımın ve bilgiler için teşekkürler

Buen enfoque de esta preciosa ave. Luz justa y acertada. Saludos Selen.

Hi Selen, this is just too cool. Those feet look like flippers I used to own. This is an excellent composition you have with the Booby on the rock. Your depth of field is great, isolating him from the background. The colours expecially and the detail are very good.

Thanks, John

very nice, TFS Ori

Hi Selen,

A very good image of a beautiful subject. I like the note too. Well done.


Merhaba Selen,

Una gran captura de esta curiosa ave. Has captado muy bien los contrastes claros y oscuros en la toma de la luz. Una gran foto, de un viaje por lugares maravillosos.

Un saludo.

José Luis

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-05 5:03]

Hello Selen,
This is a bird I've always wanted to see! Excellent frontal view showing those big blue feet. Excellent sharpness and fine colours. It looks very beautiful against the mangrove in the background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-05 10:06]

Hello Selen,
the blue footed booby is really a terrific bird. The blue is so intense. I like the light in this picture. Maybe a off centered position would have been nicer in terms of composition.
Cheers, Jacob

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-06-05 14:05]

Hello Selen,
When I was in Ecuador last year I didn't have visited the Galapagos. (Afraid of great waters)
Now I see what I have missed. This Boobie contrasts perfectly with the BG. Very sharp photo with good POV and DOF.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-05 16:41]

Hi selen. Great shot of the Booby. very good colour and detail . i like the pose . good detail and sharp focus. a nice POV and DOF . the lighting is good in the eyes . well done TFS. great notes to,


Hello Selen,
Great shot lovely bird so diferent with the blue feets, vivid colors and POV well composed TFS

Hi Selen,
This is probably one of the most famous residents of the Galapagos. Such a strange sight to see a bird with blue feet. You captured him beautifully, with great care of details, DOF and exposure. My only really small nit is the central placement of the bird. I would prefer a slightly more dynamic placement. In this case more toward the right.

Hola Selen
Una gran toma de este "piquero de patas azules" con una bonita y agradable luz.
Un saludo,

Hi Selen,
I think this is the blue-footed:-)
Wonderful capture..

merhaba Selen,
Galapagos deyince benim aklıma hep Mavi ayaklı boby veya sümsükkuşları gelir. İlk galapagos fotoğraflarınızdan beri acaba o da varmı diye bekledim ve tahminler doğru çıktı. Elinize sağlık, bu güzel türü çok başarılı görüntülemişsiniz. renkler, duruş ve netlik harika. teşekkürler ve selamlar

Excellent in the wild capture Selen. You were close at 130mm :)
Very good sharpness, detail, DOF, and exposure..
Perhaps a bit less space right IMHO.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2007-06-07 13:40]

Hello Selen , What a fantastic shot you came ,realy great capture from this bird ,the deatils and the colours ar amezing ,tfs Greetings Teunie .

Hello Selene,
I love the shoes! This could be next years new fad, anyway, Fantastic capture this is a nice and clean capture that shows the boobys characteristics off the best. :)

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-06-07 18:16]

Merhaba Selen,
Love those blue feet. I'm impressed by the sharpness and contrast. Excellent work.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-08 9:35]

Merhaba Selen,
Mavi ayakları çok hoş,şirinlere benziyor:).Işık kullanımı,netlik harika.Ellerine sağlık!

Hello Selen
Your image of the Blue-footed Booby is so sharp and detailed. I like the pose he is giving you as he stares away from the camera. The colours are rich and lighting is soft. Excellent note.
TFS Janice

Selen merhaba , koyu arka plan kuşu ortaya çıkarmış , detaylar ve renkler nefis , eline sağlık.

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