Thursday, November 18, 2010

Doing the Booby Dance!

Yay, mom, now it is time for the Boobies!  
Blue-Footed Boobies, that is! 

  Mom met these new friends of mine on North Seymour Island in the Galapagos Islands.  And guess what?  They love to dance!

The male must impress the female so he does the best dance he can, and often kicks up his Blue-Footed heels!
An interesting fact, is that the females are always larger in size than the males.

The female is now noticing the male.  She thinks he has some spunk in his step.....

.....and his feet are quite blue!  
The males with the bluest feet, usually wins the attention of the females.

When the female started to respond to the male, they exchanged twigs as gifts.

The male was super excited to get the female's undivided attention, so he shook his tail feathers!

Then they walked off into the sunset.....and the rest is history.

Once the male and female have mated, the female lays 2-3 eggs, and the male and female take turns incubating the eggs.  
Can you see the egg in this picture?

And eventually after 41-45 days, out of the egg would come a tiny baby, who would turn into fuzzy wuzzy white little Booby!

The male and female Boobies make great parents and take good care of their babies till they can survive on their own.

Thank you mom, for this wonderful report on such interesting new "dancing" Blue- Footed friends!

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Can I Pop It, Mom?

The next island that mom went to on her Big World Assignment to the Galapagos Islands was North Seymour Island.

What kind of birds are those and what is that red balloon I see behind those branches? 

Can I pop it, mom?  Can I?  Can I?
I found out that I probably should not pop it.  
These birds are Magnificent FrigateBirds, and this red pouch becomes puffed up like this on the males when they are in breeding season and trying to impress the LadyBirds.

When not puffed up it looks like this.
Purrsonally, I would still like to pop it.

The females have different coloring and don't have red pouches because they don't need to impress the males!

 Mom said that the animals in the Galapagos Islands were so unafraid of humans, especially on this particular island.  Mom almost stepped on this Land Iguana!

Even little birdies, like this Yellow Warbler, were unafraid.  All the animals and birdies came right up to my mom and said they wanted to  be my friends!

Ok, mom, these are great new friends, but where are the BOOBIES?  I want to see the Blue Footed BOOBIES!

Before you go, please sign my GUESTBOOK here, and stop by JB's SMALL WORLD too, thanks!