Blue-Footed Booby, Isla de la Plata

Blue-footed booby, Isla de la Plata, Ecuador

Standing on bright blue feet, with a claw-like beak and perfectly round lemon-lime eyes, a blue-footed booby isn’t a bird you’ll likely ever forget. The fun name helps, too.

That’s how I described these charmers that called Isla de la Plata, aka the Poor Man’s Galapagos, an island just over an hour’s cruise from Puerto López, Ecuador, home.

The image is from a 14-image gallery published previously here. For the blue-footed booby-curious, that post includes a 30-second video illustrating their raucousness. Check it out. 🙂

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Today’s Pic du Jour, the blog’s 730th straight, was snapped on Isla de la Plata, part of Machalilla National Park, Manabí province, Ecuador, on 16 May 2013.

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  1. Traveling Rockhopper says

    You reminded me, how much fun I had while taking pictures and observing blue-footed boobies on Galapagos! 🙂

    1. Bob R says

      They truly are unforgettable. I could have hung out with them all day.

  2. Les Petits Pas de Juls says

    These are my favorite ever! A great memorable encounter in the Galapagos too, like Traveling Rockhopper! I haven’t been to Isla de la Plata nor Puerto Lopez, but if they are there too, it sure is worth a trip!

    1. Bob R says

      If you make it to Puerto Lopez, there’s no reason not to make this short trip. Total cost is $25-30 thus its nickname, ‘The Poor Man’s Galapagos’.

  3. paula graham says

    Wonderful feet, markings and photo . Looks a bit like a gannet..with a beak very good for fishing and fighting.

    1. Bob R says

      Check out the short video I linked to above to get a taste of how LOUD they can be. 🙂

  4. C. J. Hartwell says

    I can’t help but wonder what the benefit is of having blue feet, evolutionary-speaking. Or is it just chic?

    1. Bob R says

      Most definitely chic.

  5. merryweathersmith says

    Hi. Thanks for the reminder of my time in the Galapagos! I like the Spanish, piqueros de patas azules as much as the English name.

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