Galapagos Islands - yet more seabirds

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3 years 11 months ago #86382 by nkgray
nkgray created the topic: Galapagos Islands - yet more seabirds
For me the most photogenic of the Galapagos seabirds is the Red-billed Tropicbird.

It nests in crevices in rocks and cliffs -



- swooping in to feed the youngster in the nest



- the nestling has a pale yellow beak



A very fast yet graceful flier





Each of the Galapagos Islands is home to one or more of the 3 species of booby. All 3 breed on the island of Genovesa, the Blue-footed Boobies on the rocks and cliffs, Nazca Boobies on the ground and Red-footed in small trees and shrubs (it is the only one of the 3 that has feet that can grip branches).

Red-footed Booby - adult brown morph (95% of Galapagos population)



Adult white morph (only 1 in 20 birds)



Adult brown morph in flight



Blue-footed Booby endemic sub-species excisa - Adult and juvenile



Adults perched and in flight





Juvenile



Nazca Booby - adult on cleared nesting area



Adult on nest with very young unfeathered chick



Juvenile



Adults








Neil

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