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Blue-Footed Boobies

Blue-Footed Boobies
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-12-12
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Galapagos Islands
Date Submitted: 2013-12-31 23:38
Viewed: 1461
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sula nebouxii

Blue-footed boobies are aptly named, and males take great pride in their fabulous feet. During mating rituals, male birds show off their feet to prospective mates with a high-stepping strut. The bluer the feet, the more attractive the mate.

These boobies live off the western coasts of Central and South America. The Galápagos Islands population includes about half of all breeding pairs of blue-footed boobies.

Like other boobies, blue-foots nest on land at night. When day breaks, they take to the air in search of seafood, sometimes fishing in cooperative groups. They may fly far out to sea while keeping a keen eye out for schools of small fish, such as anchovies. When their prey is in sight, these seabirds utilize the physical adaptations that make them exceptional divers. They fold their long wings back around their streamlined bodies and plunge into the water from as high as 80 feet (24 meters). Blue-footed boobies can also dive from a sitting position on the water's surface.

Blue-footed boobies also use their webbed feet to cover their young and keep them warm. When a typical brood of one to three chicks hatches, both parents feed and care for them.

All half-dozen or so booby species are thought to take their name from the Spanish word "bobo." The term means "stupid," which is how early European colonists may have characterized these clumsy and unwary birds when they saw them on land—their least graceful environment.


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Hallo Manyee
My wish for you are ample photographic opportunities, and for you and your loved ones harmony, good health, joy and prosperity in 2014. This is just too cool, those feet looks like flippers. I like the pose, as if the birds are looking back into 2013. Good detail and sharp focus.
Best regards

Oh now isn't this CREATIVE!!! love the presentation and greeting and especially those BLUE FEET!!!!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2014-01-01 5:25]

Thanks and wish the same to you...
Beautiful image of this interesting bird...good composition. tfs.

Hallo Manyee
Nice and interesting note about this lovely bird.
Great capture.
Best wishes,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-01-01 8:06]

Hi Manyee,
Nice photo. Amazing colors and sharpness details.
Happy New Year 2014.
Regards Jiri.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-01 11:46]

Hi Manyee,a very original specie and a beautiful way to celebrate the new year whishes,i never seen these blue foot,a great surprise and a very useful post,i like it! All the best,Luciano.

Hallo Manyee
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
第一次見到這樣羽毛顏色華麗 很新奇
尤其是它的腳是藍色 表情可愛 眼神發亮
構圖美麗 背景深遂

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