|Mocking Bird - a cheeky fellow free loading off crumbs|
My focus was on the Blue Footed Booby. I saw one on the coast a few years ago, but it was dead and had no head. I really wanted to see a live one and we lucked out, as it was mating season, so we got to see their goofy (yet strangely sweet) mating dance. The key components involve the male showing the female that he has clean feet, is parasite free (he does this by flashing his wings up) and can whistle a pretty tune. His song sounds a little like a whistle that's missing the bead inside.
|Clean feet all round|
It was also Albatross mating season, so we got to see their moves as well. This was more of a line dance, bow to your partner kind of thing that involved making a kissy-kissy head movement. The was some waddling and foot showing. I didn't realize that Albatrosses had eye brows, but they do - the males' being more prominent.
The romance didn't end there. The Frigates were at the tail end of their mating season as well, so we got to see the males with their red throat pouches inflated and the females looked on, seemingly unimpressed.
But the bounty doesn't end there. There are Mocking birds, Fly Catchers, Oyster Catchers, ducks (with babies!) and the sweet little Galapagos dove.
|Our Mocking Bird friend|
|Red Billed Oyster Catcher|
|Female Frigate on the lookout for a red necked hottie|
|Swallow Tailed Gull, nesting|
|Nazca Boobie (aka the brother killer)|
|Great Grey Heron|
Did I forget to mention the flamingos? I think I did. Our guide, who has been doing his job for almost 30 years had never seen flamingos mating and we got to see the job getting done. (It was very fast and I missed the shot, only getting the last part, where the male flies away and the female is left wondering what the heck just happened.)
|And then he's off...wham bam thank you ma'am!|
|Adult and juvenile enjoying the sun with us|
I'll talk about penguins in the next installment, as they're amphibious. Stay tuned!