Blue Footed Boobie

John and Mary MacDonald just posted on their blog about seeing the Blue Footed Boobies in San Jacinto this past week. While walking this morning Joe and I spotted one just sitting on the sand at the beach in San Clemente.

San Clemente 6.16.2014 007I was within just a few feet and he allowed me to get closer.

We have noticed a great deal of birds around the shore the last few weeks, diving, soaring and diving again feasting on the fish that are bountiful near the waters edge. I have been told that the change of weather has drawn different fish to our shores making the birds who follow them more interested in our area. Blue Footed Boobies are normally only found in and around the Galápagos Islands.

10 thoughts on “Blue Footed Boobie

  1. Great Video Nancy!

    Some of the readers above wondered if the boobie was injured. I wondered the same thing about the one I saw the other day, as he was sitting still mostly and when he moved he seemed sluggish, but after about a half of an hour on the shore, he simply spread his great wings and with little flapping lifted off and headed south. I think they might be tired or simply glutted from eating so much and use some down time on the beach to prepare for flight.

    I get a kick out of videos we make at the beach. They always sound like we have gale-force winds ripping around us! My camera does the same thing picking up and amplifying wind noises!

    • Mary and John, I guess I should get a real video camera instead of using the small one but who is going to carry it around with them, not me, ha ha…I know nothing about these birds so I would not know if they were injured or not….I did not see this bird on the shore this morning so I guess he took off by himself, Nancy

  2. W are seeing boobies this past week on the Canoa beach which have not been here before during the 8 months we have been here. Some have flown others have not, 2 injured and a couple of dead ones.
    We have seen both adult and juvenile birds. “The Birds Of Ecuador Field Guide” states they are common on the whole coast.

    • Hi Dannielle, I have only seen one other and that was almost two years ago. They are not an every day occurrence here in San Clemente. Nancy

  3. HELLO GUYS, THIS IS CC ADLER, I BEEN THINKING ABOUT YOU DURING THE EARTHQUAKE IN ECUADOR.HOPE EVERYTHING IS OK AND YOU ARE SAFE,, I WENT TO CALCETA AND PORTOVIEJO AS A MEDICAL VOLUNTEER, IT WAS VERY SAD, BUT IM GLAD I DID IT.BACK TO USA LAST THURSDAY, AND BACK TO WORK YESTERDAY FRIDAY, BE SAFE.

    On Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 9:42 PM, Finding our Paradise in Ecuador wrote:

    > nanlevin posted: “John and Mary MacDonald just posted on their blog about > seeing the Blue Footed Boobies in San Jacinto this past week. While walking > this morning Joe and I spotted one just sitting on the sand at the beach in > San Clemente. I was within just a few feet a” >

    • Hi CC, glad to hear from you. I thank you so much for your assistance here in Ecuador, we as a country could not have taken care of such a large catastrophe by ourselves. I pray you find peace after your experiences here. Joe and I are happy for all our blessings and having such great people who care so deeply about us. Nancy nd Joe

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