Blue-footed boobies (above) and a flightless cormorant (left) exhibit a behavior known as sky-pointing. Male blue-foots sky-point as part of their courtship rituals, and also to impress other males with their superiority.
The flightless cormorant, found only on the adjacent Galapagos islands of Fernandina and Isabela, is shown here sky-pointing to dry his feathers following an underwater courtship or a search for food in the shallow waters of the islands' shorelines. The Galapagos cormorant is the only cormorant in the world that doesn't fly.
Photos 1 and 3
by Kay Davies
Photos 2 and 4
by Karina Lopez
Posted for the Sky Watch Friday meme