Blue-footed Booby mates sky point dance, Suaraz Point, Española (Hood) Island, Galápagos, Ecuador.
A pair of male and female Blue-footed Boobies (Sula nebouxii) do a sky pointing mating dance at Suaraz Point, a wet landing location on Española (Hood) Island, part of the Galápagos archipelago, a province of Ecuador, located 972 km west of the continent of South America. The Blue-footed Booby is a bird in the Sulidae family which comprises ten species of long-winged seabirds. The name “booby” comes from the Spanish term bobo, which means "stupid" or "fool/clown," which describes its clumsy nature on land. Like other seabirds, they can be very tame. The natural breeding habitat of the Blue-footed Booby is tropical and subtropical islands off the Pacific Ocean. In 1959, Ecuador declared 97% of the land area of the Galápagos Islands to be Galápagos National Park, which UNESCO registered as a World Heritage Site in 1978. Ecuador created the Galápagos Marine Reserve in 1998, which UNESCO appended in 2001. Published in "Light Travel: Photography on the Go" book by Tom Dempsey 2009, 2010.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download