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Blue Footed Booby
19-NOV-2012 Dick Keely

Blue Footed Booby

Santa Fe Island, Galapagos Islands

The Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) is a member of the Sulidae family, which includes ten species of long-winged seabirds. It is of the genus Sula, which comprises six boobies. It is easily recognizable by its distinctive bright blue feet, which is a sexually selected trait. Males display their feet in an elaborate mating ritual by lifting one and then the other up, while strutting before the female. Both males and females prefer mates with brighter feet and adjust their parental investment based on the attractiveness of their mate. The natural breeding habitat of the Blue-footed Booby is tropical and subtropical islands of the Pacific Ocean. Their range extends from the Gulf of California down along the western coasts of Central and South America to Peru. Between 33% and 50% of all breeding pairs nest on the Galápagos Islands. Reference: Wikipedia

Nikon D800E ,Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED VR AF
1/640s f/14.0 at 122.0mm iso1000 full exif

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rousselziak13-Dec-2012 07:11
Incredible ! Well seen ! -V-
lou_rozensteins13-Dec-2012 05:34
Great shot!
The blue footed booby really exists!!
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