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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Beautiful Boobies: No Blues Today

Anyone who has read my blog this far knows I fell in love with Blue-footed Boobies when we visited the Galapagos Islands, so I promise to devote a whole Camera Critters post to Blue-foots one of these days.

Today, however, I have some wonderful shots my husband got of Red-footed Boobies and Nazca Boobies (formerly thought to be masked boobies).




After posing happily on her nest for a while, this Red-Foot thought she'd better check, just in case those Camera Folk had pulled a fast one on her. Nope, there it is, the egg, in the nest where it belongs.

This adorable Nazca Booby chick is getting hungry and looking for his mother to bring him his lunch.


Photos by Richard Schear. Posted by Kay Davies for
Camera Critters.

19 comments:

Mara said...

I kept thinking about 'the Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies' hidden inside one of René's sausages ('Allo 'Allo, British series). But the photos are beautiful!

RNSANE said...

You got wonderful pictures and I love the one of the bird checking on her egg!

Dimple said...

Interesting, now I know that there are at least 4 varieties of booby (boobie? boobies?) Anyhow, thanks for the education on these interesting sea birds and the great photos!

jabblog said...

What a shame such a beautiful bird has to be called a booby! I'm sure they don't mind. Your photos are wonderful.

Kay L. Davies said...

When ships started stopping (now there we have a nice pair of words together) -- in the Galapagos, these birds would fly out and land on the decks of the ships, because they had no fear of humans. They were very easy to catch and kill, so the sailors (the English ones, I guess) called them boobies. The birds would often land on the closed hatch of a ship, hence the expression "booby hatch" -- or, another story has it, they would kill the birds and throw them down the hatch to be plucked and cooked. For some reason, fear of humans didn't become a trait of the boobies even though they were frequently killed to feed the seamen.

ladyfi said...

What beautiful creatures - and so sad that they were killed and eaten...

eileeninmd said...

How cool and what a wonderful trip. Love the boobies. The only one I have seen is the brown booby.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great shots, interesting information. The diversity of nature just constantly amazes me.

Denise said...

Wonderful boobies. I saw a blue-footed boobie in a bird rehabilitation center in Florida many years ago. I've never forgotten him.

Dave said...

excellent capture of an amazing creature.

jabblog said...

I do agree with you about the bees - it's so sad, no, disastrous that they're threatened with disease. We need them or our world will collapse. These little creatures are so important. We'd like to keep bees but after careful consideration think we're not able to.

Nikki-ann said...

Lovely photos. Funny name for a bird :D

Sylvia K said...

Great post and I love the Boobies, I do hope they survive! I find myself saying that a lot about a lot of different animals/birds/etc. Can't help but wonder if we'll eventually destroy everything and who it'll be blamed on and what excuses given! Enjoy your weekend, Kay!

Sylvia

Kay L. Davies said...

I know, Sylvia. They'll probably blame the Baby Boom generation (that would be me, at the leading edge of the boom) and who can blame them? We realized there was a problem and did little, if anything, to stop it or solve it. Not enough, anyway. Chances are I won't be around when the panda, the tiger, etc. are extinct, but I often wonder what kind of world we're leaving to the babies being born today.
K

Boom Nisanart said...

This is cool captured, Kay
For me it's pretty private to captured with the eggs and the babies !
I'm enjoy your posted today : )
Please have a great Sunday

Quilt Works said...

Your trip sounds fantastic - great shadows too!
Thank you for well wishes, much appreciate it.

Quiltworks

Kay said...

This is so cool. I just love all your photos. Wow! You got to go to the Galapagos? I was wondering what that would be like.

Francisca said...

What a wonderful post, Kay... I have NOT been to the Galapagos Islands! :-)

Kay L. Davies said...

@ Kay -- the Galapagos Islands are unlike anywhere else in the world.

@ Francisca -- if you haven't been there, you should go. It is an amazing experience.