Masked Booby

Sula dactylatra

ML35509961



eBird Checklist S15804052
21.5749x-71.2481 - Nov 27, 2013, 3:26 PM
Turks and Caicos Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands
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Latitude and Longitude 21.5749, -71.2481 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags

Media notes

Observation details

***Rare; Life bird!!! 2nd record for Turks and Caicos in eBird. Hallett's "Birds of the Bahamas and the Turks & Caicos Islands" says Masked Booby is an "accidental to very rare visitor to the region and is not described". I was lying in bed when I spotted what I first thought was a low-flying airplane through the tiny window. A closer look revealed it was a black-and white sulid with a distinctive black facial mask and corn yellow bill. I grabbed the camera and binoculars and dashed up to Deck 9, where I was able to enjoy the bird for at least half an hour as it circled back and forth along the starboard side of the ship. It put on a real show for anyone looking offshore and a few people came up to me asking about the bird. I took several videos with various dance songs blasting off the ship as background music, including 'Cotton-Eyed Joe'.

Technical Information

Model
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Lens model
EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
f-stop
f/6.3
Focal length
360 mm
Shutter speed
1/1600 sec
ISO
160
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
5,083KB
Dimensions
5406 x 3378

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