We all remember the first time we’re surrounded by countless boobies. You know, the blue-footed variety. Mine came four years ago today on Isla de la Plata, the so-called ‘Poor Man’s Galapagos’, an island and national park that sits about an hour by boat from Puerto Lopez, Ecuador.
Regular visitors will know that I enjoy posting images of these wonderfully odd winged creatures [ gallery | post 2 | post 3 | post 4 ]. Nobody’s complained so don’t expect me to stop any time soon.
Today’s, at top, actually presents something new, about 80 seconds worth of long lost footage that’s resurfaced just in time to mark my Blue-Footed Booby four year anniversary, one that certainly deserves noting. Lucky you.
And below, a shorter clip posted previously, in case you missed it and are looking for 17 seconds of calm followed by a five second burst of utter Blue-Footed Booby mayhem.
The birds have no real predators on Isla de la Plata or on the Galapagos so are used to having humans observe them up close. And they don’t seem to mind. For that, researchers love them. Here’s more in a New York Times piece published in March 2017.