Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Booby

I am linking up my  post with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

How do you like my catchy title? You would never guess it is about birds right? Ha!Ha! It is all about birds!  I know I have shown my Brown Booby (taken from a boat on the way to St Johns)  before but not so sure if I ever put up my Blue-footed Booby from Panama.


Above is my Blue-footed Booby seen in Panama 2011.  The Boobies are aerial divers and a pelagic bird.


 It is not the best photo, the bird was in flight and I was on a boat heading into the Panama Canal.  I am not the best taking photos of birds in flight and it is even harder when you are moving too.


I was a little luckier with this Brown Booby flying by. I was sitting down on the side of the boat (turning green)  when the bird flew right along side the boat. This fly-by was meant for me, I am sure! On this day we were on a tour to St Johns from our cruise ship which was docked at St Thomas.

 They were both lifers at the time and very exciting birds to see. I have not done much birding lately at home so I am diving into my archives to do this post. Other Boobies are the Masked Booby and the Red-footed Booby and I read both of these could be seen at the Dry Tortugas in Florida. I am researching a possible trip to Florida and adding lifers to my list will be exciting too. I guess that means another boat ride is necessary, I will have to take some seasick pills to see these other boobies.


To see more beautiful and wonderful bird photos please visit:
 Stewart's Wild Bird Wednesday and Michelle's  Nature Notes.
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday and thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes.
I wish everyone a happy week ahead and Happy Birding!


54 comments:

AVCr8teur said...

All the booby birds have such unique features. How awesome to see one so close.

mick said...

Great to see and photograph the Boobies. We have them here in Australia also but they are usually north from where I live.

Kusum Sanu said...

Nice! Birds in flight are a delight to shoot, I mean photograph!

Steve Borichevsky said...

Whoo-hoo! What fun! Thanks for taking us along.

EG CameraGirl said...

I have never heard of Boobies before. How cool!

Kerri said...

Those birds are so cool! I would LOVE to see one!

TexWisGirl said...

i'd probably be turning green, too. :) that last shot is really good, considering!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Love your photos of the boobies! Haha :) I had to!

So cool that one of them flew right by you. I bet that was awesome!

bailey-road.com said...

What an incredible experience to be able to see and photograph these birds!

Tammy said...

Nice Boobies, Eileen! Love the great close up shot! I haven't seen any boobies yet, except a few injured ones at the rehab center in the Keys.

Rohrerbot said...

Super sweet shot Eileen. Love these birds out in the wild. If you come to Arizona, we have to talk:) I've got ideas for you. Lots of birds to be seen here:) Of course it might require a road trip to Rocky Point, Mexico for more boobies:), willets, etc etc.....Your post has me excited for this summer. Too many birds to be seen and enjoyed:)

Marie said...

They are so interesting! Great close-up of the brown one!

Island Rambles Blog said...

a fun bird with a funny name!!

Happyone said...

What a cool looking booby. : )
Really that last shot is great!!

Maria said...

Great observations of this rare bird!

Carole M. said...

fabulous shots of a bird I'm unfamiliar with and what a bonus picking up bird opportunites when out cruising the ocean!

Indrani Ghose said...

Wow! great captures of the birds in flight!

Bush and Beach (Australia) said...

Your Brown Booby shot is super ~ well done!! Thanks for dropping by my page also.

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures - the last one is super nice.
Thank you for sharing it with us :)
Hanne Bente

Carletta said...

That last shot is a wonderful capture Eileen!

I can only imagine the kind of visits you might get through the search engines with that title.:)

Findlay Wilde said...

That last picture is brilliant. From Findlay

Carola said...

Glad that I came here. I love Boobies, my favorite bird! While traveling on a small sail boat we saw a lot of them. In the harbor (Galapagos, Marquesas)and fare out at sea, so fare out I would have never expected to see one. They are amazing!
Thanks for your many visits!

Bob Bushell said...

Your Booby is unique, lovely bird.

Crafty Green Poet said...

they're such impressive birds! That last photo is brilliant!

Phil said...

Good to see your boobies, especially that close-up Eileen! As more of a tropical species the only member of the booby family we get over here is the Gannet.

confusedmind said...

Nice shots!! The last one is really wonderful.
Have a great day!

Stewart M said...

OK - you started this!

I saw lots of Brown Boobys when I was in Queensland - they are much larger than the Great Tits we used to get in our garden in the UK. In the winter we used to get Blue Tits as well!

(all of which is true!)

cheers and thinks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne

Elaine said...

Lovely shot of the brown booby, and very obliging of him to fly right alongside the boat for you. I can emphasize with you as I have a lot of problem with motion sickness too.

Eden said...

Great shots of the birds in flight.Love the photos.

Amanda said...

Love the last shot! I also had a juvenile chuckle at the last line 'I will have to take some seasick pills to see these other boobies' and all the comments of people that haven't seen boobies.

I too have never seen a boobie.

diane b said...

Its a funny name for a bird. The last shot is magic you must have been pleased to see that.

Dan Huber said...

Wonderful Eileen, birds I hope to see someday. Love the closeup!

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of the boobies. Beautiful birds in spite of their names.

Gary said...

Great close up of the brown. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Pam :) said...

Nice fly-by capture! Great series of Boobies, Eileen.

rainfield61 said...

Both booby and you are lucky.

Maurizio Riccio said...

Birds in flight are always a challenge but you did well!

i stora drag said...

I like the flying booby in the last photo! Really good! I'm not so familar with this bird but I think it looks very cool!
Greetings Pia

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Eileen, We are enjoying the beach in beautiful Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. I saw some sea birds today while walking --but just the 'ordinary' ones. I will think (or thought) of you today at 12 minutes and 12 seconds after 12 noon on 12/12/11.... Unbelievable.

Hugs,
Betsy

Tricia Hays said...

Ohhh weee that's a cool close up shot

grammie g said...

Hi Eileen...your boobies and you turning green must have been attractive ; )
Enough of the silliness.. Thanks for showing these to us ..always nice to see birds from other parts of the world!!
Grace

Montanagirl said...

Beautiful shots! I have never seen one.

DIMI said...

Ηallo Eileen!Great shots!The Boobies birds looks fantastic!Have a lovely day my friend!
Dimi..

Ken Schneider said...

Don't a[p;pgoze-- that flight shot was very good. Such an interesting trip!

NatureFootstep said...

aouch. now I have a brown booby on my wish list. :)

Debbie said...

oh i just love exciting moments like these!!

that third image is perfection!!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Much fun! I know what you mean. If these danged critters would stand still.... :-)
Cheers from Cottage Country!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Elieen: Love that third photo of the boobie.

missing moments said...

The boobies are definitely on my list. As well as the Dry Tortugas.

Rambling Woods said...

I didn't know what they looked like. Nice post for Nature Notes.. thank you Eileen.. Michelle

jewaicious said...

What beautiful captures...love the last one...you can see the smile on its face.

Wally Jones said...

It would be great to be able to add these to my life list, let alone get the shots you did! Good work!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Such a wonderful flight shot -- and even though flying, the picture really shows off what his face looks like. Great pictures. And, yes this bird does have a silly name!

laura.forestdreams:) said...

bOOby!!!!
that last 'in flight' shot is amazing! i can never get such good flying shots...even when standing very still!!

flying boobies! sounds like a monty python movie!!