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Old 01-23-2013, 06:42 AM   #230
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Jan 5 – 12 Boobies!

Well, that’s what I thought too. However, turns out on Galapagos they are referring to three species of birds. Who’d a thunk it?

Nazca Boobies – Very prevelant. Used to be called Masked Boobies . . .

"Uhhh, apparently I'm supposed to point this way"

They don’t have many predators on this island so the Boobies just make their nest on the ground. Mom not only can warm the egg by sitting on it, she can keep it from overheating by standing up and shading it.

Will provide shade for the babies also.

There was literally thousand of them standing around like this

This is a crappy picture of a Blue Footed Boobie - they actually have bright blue feet

The Red Footed Boobie (The random feet in the background do not belong to a Boobie . . . ) - red feet and blue beak

A young one sitting in a tree trying to cool off

The distinctive split tail of the Frigate Bird

best known for the bright red chest of the male who blows it up like a balloon during mating season to attract a mate. What some guys won't do . . .

Frigate birds fishing

A juvenile before its coloring has changed. They are born white then gradually change their color as they mature.

Frigate Birds can be quite aggressive and will steal the young of others including other Frigate Birds. We saw a juvenile Frigate Bird try to take a young Boobie of about the same size - the Boobie was able to fight him off.

Galapagos gull

Lava Heron - kind of looks like Mr Burns . . .

Galapagos Short Eared Owl - likes to hide in caves. Can apparently catch some small birds on the fly

Red-billed Tropicbird

Thought this was some guy's front yard . . .

Flamingos get their distinctive color from eating shrimp in the mud

There are a couple dozen species of Darwin Finches - one of the more important birds of the islands as Darwin studied them extensively as a basis for his work

They even have a Penguin here . . . some are apparently on the northern islands making them the only species of Penguin in the Northern Hemisphere.

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