Friday, February 13, 2009

Red Footed Booby - day 2

The 5th photograph from the top, is of special interest. I Managed to photograph a booby just about making a Guano deposit.
Like I told yesterday, the boobies are mostly white, like featured in the first photograph but they also appear in a variety of color morphs. The colours range from individuals that are all white except for blackish on the wing, to individuals that are entirely dark brown,like the last photograph. Some birds fail to fit neatly into any of the typical colour morph categories and many variations exist. Colour morphs do not segregate these birds reproductively or geographically and individuals representing several morphs breed in a single colony and live together just like what I encountered and have featured in these photographs.
When I referred my dictionary for the etymology of the name for this bird, it said this "It is so called on account of its apparent stupidity -- unafraid of men, it allows itself to be caught by a simple and undisguised approach"

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