Bird Break! Blue-footed Booby


Sometimes WC just has to take a bird break.

The Blue-footed Booby is pretty uncommon on the central coast of Peru, but we were lucky enough to see one at Pucusana Harbor. It happened like this:

Wait, is that a Blue-footed Booby?

Wait, is that a Blue-footed Booby?

Sure looks like a Blue-footed!

Sure looks like a Blue-footed! (Photobombed by lovely Inca Terns)

Yep, those feet are certainly blue!

Yep, those feet are certainly blue!

Can you hold it up? Thanks!

Can you hold it up? Thanks!

This species “dances,” with the males displaying the vivid blue of his feet to the female, demonstrating his health and fishing skills. They also do it when they are nervous, as when a boat is getting too close. We left without disturbing the bird further.

WC last saw this species – a different subspecies – in the Galapagos Islands in 2002, so it was a treat to find them again and to photograph them with better gear.

We’ll get back to the world’s crises soon enough. WC just needed a bird break.

 

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