Masked Booby

Sula dactylatra

ML263113861


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Tom Johnson
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eBird Checklist S73646042
Cold Spring Inlet (Cape May Harbor mouth)
Cape May, New Jersey, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 38.9392, -74.8659 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
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Observation details

***MEGA; first photographed record for New Jersey. Discovered and photographed earlier today by Melissa Laurino on the Cape May Whale Watch boat. 2nd year (sub-adult) bird standing on south jetty with mixed gulls and cormorants; flew around several times and rested on water briefly before returning to jetty. Mostly white Sulid with extensive blackish-brown flight feathers, greater upperwing coverts, and tail, including many trashed/worn feathers; dull blue-gray bill becoming yellowish toward tip, blackish at base; eyes dull yellow. Body plumage mostly dull white but with retained brown mottled rump, scattered dark flecks in wing coverts and back. At least 2 generations of flight feathers (trashed juv outer primaries, fresher inners). Distinguished from Nazca Booby by stout, dull bill lacking pink-orange tones, and fully black tail. Gave an abrupt, nasal quack-like call several times when squabbling with other birds. Many photos.

Technical Information

Model
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Lens model
EF400mm f/5.6L USM
f-stop
f/5.6
Focal length
400 mm
Shutter speed
1/3200 sec
ISO
640
Flash
Flash did not fire
Original file size
762KB
Dimensions
1500 x 1000

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