Birds: Albatross and Boobies
This handsome bird is an albatross.
We came across a site which had scores of albatross such as this pair.
We were especially delighted to see this pair doing their courtship dance - a rather elaborate dance with head wagging and beak clicking and such. It went on and on and was a lot of fun to watch... Too bad though that it was behind some small trees.
Here is another nesting site, this time of blue-footed boobies. They make their nests right on the ground, as do the albatross, and sometimes right in the path!
A closeup of a blue-footed booby. They do not seem to be the least bit afraid of people and happily pose for pictures.
Here is a pair getting ready for the courtship ritual. This is before...
This is during...
And this is After!
Not all boobies are blue-footed, though. The red-footed boobies make their nests in the trees, one way to avoid conflict with the blue-foots.
And here are some Masked boobies, the third kind of booby on the islands.