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01-23-2013, 07:42 AM
Joined: May 2010
Location: Interior BC, Canada
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?
Boobies – Very prevelant.
Used to be called Masked Boobies
. . .
"Uhhh, apparently I'm supposed to point this way"
They don’t have many
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 pic
ture of a Blue Footed Boobie - they actually have bright blue feet
Red Footed Boobie (The random feet in the background do not belong to a Boobie . . . ) - red
et and blue beak
A young one sitting in a tree trying to cool off
nctive 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 m
ate. What some guys won't do . . .
Frigate birds fishing
before its coloring has changed. The
y are born white then gra
dually change their color as they mature.
an be quite aggressive and will steal the
young of other
s including other F
e saw a juvenile Frigate Bird try to take a young Boobie of about the same size - the Boobie was able to fight him off.
on - kind of looks like Mr Burns . . .
Short Eared Owl - likes to hid
e in caves. Can apparently catch some small birds on the fly
this was some guy's front y
ard . . .
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 Da
ied them extensively as a basis for his
They even have a
enguin here . . . some are apparently on the northern islands making them the only species of Penguin in the Northern Hemisphere.
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