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Blue-footed booby

Sula nebouxii


81 cm long and 1.5 kg. Amazing to see them fish. They bullet rocket toward the water and close their wings only when almost hitting it. Their name of course comes from the color of their feet and because of them being very tame.


Rocky shores in the Galapagos and other places.

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The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

the beauty of Galapagos is that animals are not afraid of humans and you can approach them..the rangers there are very careful that people does not cross the line and bothers the animals..they do an excelent job in preserving the natural environment in these islands!

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Thanks, Patricia!

Ceci 8 years ago

Lovely picture Marta and beautiful blue-footed boobies!

windmustache 8 years ago

I love your fourth shot especially. Your look is similar to booby's. :)

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Oh, they were really calm..they are very tame in these islands :-)

wow such patient models, great marta!

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Many thanks! I have no idea why such colorful feet. And there are also the red footed ones..may be is meant for sensing health before mating. A theory for the long colorful peacock´s tail is that it shows females the male is healthy to mate with. Males with parasites or sick may not have beautiful feathers so is a way to assess the genetic pool of the individual you choose for mating. In boobies both male and female have the same display but perhaps it tells each sex how healthy the other bird is, before choosing as mating pair...

animaisfotos 9 years ago

Nature really takes some unusual turns... Blue feet? Went trough the reference to try and understand and... Unique! Wonderful world this is. Thanks for sharing. Love the sequence and the way they've let you get that close.

SarahWhitt 9 years ago

Very cool birds!! :)

SheaEckert 9 years ago

I've never seen anything like it! Sweet spotting!

Hema 9 years ago


CynthiaMHori 9 years ago

My favorite bird in the world and this is such a great photo!

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Yes, they have these colorful feet and i was dressed in kind to meet them :-)

Carolina 9 years ago

That blue is beautiful!

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Spotted on Sep 8, 2005
Submitted on Jun 16, 2011

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