Blue Footed Boobies

The name booby comes from the Spanish term bobo, which means “stupid” or “fool”/”clown”.  This is because the Blue-footed Booby is clumsy on land. On the Galapagos you can get close to the funny birds and take some amazing photographs. The Blue-footed Booby’s diet consists mainly of fish. Blue-footed Boobies are specialized fish eaters feeding on small school fish like sardines, anchovies, mackerel, and flying fish. They also feed on squid and offal. The Blue-foot dives into the ocean, sometimes from a great height, and swims underwater in pursuit of its prey. It hunts singly, in pairs, or in larger flocks. They travel in parties of about 12 to areas of water with large schools of small fish. When the lead bird sees a fish shoal in the water, it will signal the rest of the group and they will all dive together. Surprisingly, individuals do not eat with the hunting group, preferring to eat on their own, usually in the early morning or late afternoon.

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