Sunday, June 27, 2010
Blue Footed Boobies
I went with Natural Habitat Adventures, an eco-friendly nature travel company that I took a polar bear trip with last fall. was once again happy with them. I selected a newer catamaran with a max of 16 passengers, and my group had 12 people and 2 guides. I was pleased with the trip and would go again....if there were not so many other places to see!
I saw the mating dance of the blue footed boobies. The boobies pick up their feet and wave them at each other, give each other little sticks and stones, look away and back at each other, make cooing noises, and eventually, if all goes well, build a nest and raise a chick together. The birds show no fear or concern for man, laying nests on the walking trail used regularly by tourists, dancing literally at your feet, and in some cases requiring one to walk around or step over them.
It was very cool, and very interesting, to see the boobies. We saw them on several of the islands, but especially closely on one early morning walk on an island that contained a rookery.