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The blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) can be found in the Pacific from southern California to northern Peru and on as seen here on the Galapagos Islands. Boobies fly high above the ocean looking for schools of fish and squid. When prey is sighted they plunge headlong into the water in a swift, vertical drop. The birds thrive on the abundant area sealife, though young suffer massive mortality when food is scarce such as during el Nino events.

The birds usually nest on island cliffs, free from mammalian predators. Blue-footed Boobies have an elaborate courtship display with the male lifting its feet, spreading its webs, and slowly putting them down while standing in front of the females. Apparently the females think this highly attractive.

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Blue Footed Boobies (Galapagos Islands) by Charles Cangialosi
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