Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Wild Bird Wednesday 3: Brown Booby

These rather pointy looking birds are Brown Boobys (Sula leucogaster).  They are resting on and having a small domestic dispute about the ownership of a marker buoy at Mackay Reef on the Great Barrier Reef.
For those of you with an eye for such things you will have noticed how similar they are to Gannets – in fact they are in the same genus.
I tried to sneak up on these birds in the water – but (surprise, surprise) they were rather suspicious of a large wet suit clad object heading towards them.
So in the end I had to be content with taking pictures from a rather rocky boat – oh the joy of digital!
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42 comments:

Brian King said...

Had to laugh about the ownership dispute comment! I haven't seen many photos of these birds, but I love their plumage!

Gary said...

Great shots of some birds that I've only read of. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

TexWisGirl said...

cool birds. i like their close cousins, the blue-footed ones. :)

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures you have taken.
Have never seen / heard of these birds.
Hanne Bente

HansHB said...

Great post. I was at the Great Barrier Rief in 2008. There were a lot of black terns to be seen in that area.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

You did well despite the distance and rocky boat. Seeing them large allowed me to see the details of their squabble better. Kinda cute!

Nancy Claeys said...

Interesting looking birds -- and territorial to boot. :)

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Very nice shots, I love their color.

Andrew said...

You have some fantastic birds down there Stewart.. and to answer your question re the Buzzards yes they are now quite common birds to see.
At least in Cheshire.

NewMexiKen said...

Handsome birds! We have to settle for comorants inland.

Mama Zen said...

Nice captures!

eileeninmd said...

Stewart, cool sighting of the Brown Boobies. They are neat looking birds. Great shots and thanks again for hosting WBW.

Carole M. said...

I've never seen these birds for myself; interesting!

Irene said...

Great shots ... and thanks for hosting!

Irene

Debbie said...

i find most birds to be very territorial, i always wonder why they think they are the boss!!

they are interesting looking fellows. thanks for hosting wbw!!

mick said...

Great birds to get photos of - no matter how you managed it!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They're prettier, but their behavior reminds me of gulls -- all that fighting over ownership!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh and thank you for hosting!

TheAL said...

Lovely shots! Have a wonderful WW!

Rebecca said...

Great shots! Thanks for sharing-and hosting :)

bailey-road.com said...

Nice shots. They're handsome birds

Liz said...

WOW! Great birds Stewart! I've never seen or heard of these. I love their plumage... and those pointy beaks!!

i stora drag said...

Never seen these birds before. Nice shots anyway and I love the colour of the water! :)

In this for the first time today with my common birds from Sweden.
Greetings from Pia

Arija said...

Stewart, your brown boobies (snikker, snikker) have such long narrow wings. That seems to be the main difference between them and gannets.

With my post, my first thought was White-Breasted Woodswallow but got confused with the white underside of the tail. Checking up again, it must be the White-Breasted since the whole head is dark and the Masked Woodswallow only has a black face. Identification can be so confusing, especially when one's brain is grazing somewhere on a distant paddock.

TheChieftess said...

I saw Blue Footed Boobies in the Galapagos last year!!! They are funny birds!!!

Fjällripan said...

Great shots of this beautiful bird I never seen. /Susanne

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joy said...

very nice catch of birds pictures. Thanks for visiting my site and have a nice day:)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Those silly birds and them not allowing you to get any closer...I could only giggle when I read about you trying to sneak up on the. In the end, you got some great images. happy rest of the week to you~

Anni said...

Wow...great images. Now, these I've never seen, ever.

Liva`s said...

Hello Stewart! Nice with Wild Bird Wednesday- i have joined you :-) Greetings from Liva - up north in Norway!

Andrea said...

I love your Brown Boobies. I am impressed with your pictures and the fact that you are out swimming by the reef in your wet suit ... no sharks? You are a brave photographer :)

Andrea @ From the Sol

Findlay Wilde said...

It must be hard to take pictures rolling about on a boat, but I really like these birds.

Faye said...

Hi Stewart--first time to visit your blog so scrolled though all your current posts and what a wonderful place you live in and so pleased to see all these treasures of the deep and on the water surface. Beautiful in its variety. I'll be back.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Wonderful shots of these birds, never have seen them myself..great location to go to..cheers...sorry I am so late, off shore.

phylliso said...

I believe you did a wonderful job getting these photos,you got really close!
I will probably never see these birds,so it`s so nice to see them here,as well as the others from other countries,thank-you for taking up the job of hosting this for us nature lovers,phyllis in USA

Les fous du cap said...

Stewart thank you for visiting us on "Les Fous du Cap";-)

Phil said...

Well that's a new one I never considered taking bird pictures while clad in a wet suit. Must try that at high tide Pilling - or maybe not. Your so right about the boobies and gannets of course, one and the same in profile.

Pat Tillett said...

We don't have these beauties around here! Nice pics!

NatureFootstep said...

wow, this meme really grew fast. :)
I hope you can cope. :)

I thought the birds was cormorants at first. :)

Candy C. said...

Great looking birds and I love how they are posturing!
We have the Blue Footed Boobys here at some of the lakes.

Larry said...

Cool action snhots of the Brown Boobys Stewart! Sneakin' up on water birds is not easy unless you're in a kayak ;-)