USA: blue-footed booby seen

This video from the Galapagos is called Blue-Footed Booby Mating Dance.

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in the USA:

Birders are flocking to Skagit County, where a blue-footed booby was reportedly sighted — and photographed — in recent days.

It was the first sighting in Washington state since 1935 for a species native to the west coast of Mexico and the Galapagos Islands.

“The photos are pretty conclusive,” said Bill Tweit, fishery manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“Anglers fishing between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands should keep an eye out for a goose-size seabird. … It’s an immature bird, so its feet are white rather than blue.”

Wild animals age, too: Researchers study senescence in blue-footed booby: here.

Boobies´relatives, gannets, in Scotland here.

More gannets, including hearing a colony, here.

7 thoughts on “USA: blue-footed booby seen

  1. Wed Dec 6, 11:42 AM ET

    To: National Desk, Photo Editor

    Contact: Erika Viltz of World Wildlife Fund, 202-778-9542 or

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 /U.S. Newswire/ — The blue-footed booby has waddled its way into the top five list of most sought after holiday animal adoptions, easily beating out better known animals like the gorilla and penguin in World Wildlife Fund’s holiday gift-giving program.

    Topping the list for WWF holiday gift adoptions is the polar bear — quickly losing its icy habitat to climate change — followed by the endangered tiger, snow leopard and giant panda — all threatened by illegal poaching or habitat loss — and lastly, the audacious blue-footed booby.

    Top 5 Animals Adopted in the WWF Online Adoption Center:

    1) Polar Bear

    2) Tiger

    3) Snow Leopard

    4) Panda

    5) Blue-Footed Booby

    The booby is a tropical seabird known for its blue webbed feet, its clumsiness on land and an unusual name, which is derived from the Spanish term “bobo” meaning “stupid fellow.” Some say it got its name because of its unusual bravery — rarely scared of humans or other danger that comes its way. Unlike the holiday bird of choice for Americans, the blue-footed booby is rare and can only be found in the
    Galapagos Islands and other parts of the Pacific coast of South America. WWF has been working to protect the array of wildlife in this area for over 40 years.

    The blue-footed booby and 39 other animals, each unique in its own way, are available for adoption through WWF’s symbolic animal adoption program, which allows gift-givers to adopt an animal in honor of a friend, colleague or loved one. Adoption levels range in price from $25 to $250 and for the month of December, all adoptions of $50 or more will get free priority shipping. Gifts ordered by 10 p.m. on Dec. 17 will arrive before Dec. 25.

    All adoptions come with a formal adoption certificate, a color photo of the adopted animal and a species description card. In addition to these items, adoptions of $50 or more come with a soft animal plush representative of the species adopted and adoptions of $100 or more come in a WWF panda logo gift box with a custom frame to display the adoption certificate and photo.

    In addition to the gift package sent in the mail, all online adoption donations of any amount come with a free online premium package, which includes a personalized electronic adoption certificate, screensavers, wallpaper and AIM icons all customized to the animal adopted. The online package can be sent anytime — even on Dec. 25 — with the mailed items to arrive later.

    Gifts can be purchased online through the WWF Online Giving Center at or by calling 800- CALL-WWF. Faxed and mailed orders are also accepted through the WWF Holiday Gift Catalog, available in print and through an interactive virtual catalog on the website. The catalog is filled with exclusive photos from WWF photographers along with information about conservation issues and fun facts about the animals the funds support.


    PHOTO EDITOR: A high-resolution, publication-quality photo supporting this story is available for free editorial use at:


    About World Wildlife Fund:

    World Wildlife Fund is the largest conservation organization in the world. For 45 years, WWF has worked to save endangered species, protect endangered habitats, and address global threats such as deforestation, overfishing and climate change. Known worldwide by its panda logo, WWF works in 100 countries on more than 2,000 conservation programs. WWF has 1.2 million members in the United States and nearly 5 million supporters worldwide. For more information on WWF, visit


  2. Pingback: Music inspired by animals | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: President of Ecuador says Galapagos islands in danger | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. Pingback: Blue-footed booby invasion in California | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  5. Pingback: Saving endangered Mexican plants | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  6. Pingback: Paraguay’s mammals on camera traps | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  7. Pingback: Blue-footed boobies video | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.