Red-footed Booby

Sula sula

ML367640981



eBird Checklist S94296755
Morro Bay Harbor Entrance
San Luis Obispo, California, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 35.3589, -120.8777 Map

Age
Not specified
Sex
Not specified
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags

Media notes

Observation details

This bird flew out of the fog with a gull chasing it and circled around the boat before heading away with a couple of gulls behind it. It returned maybe nine more times sometimes flying right overhead and always with gull in pursuit. At the time it was clear the bird lacked the dark head and breast of a Brown Booby, but the overcast conditions made it impossible to see color. After returning home and lightening photos it is clear that the bird is a Red-footed Booby. The photos show a pinkish colored bill with a dark tip and blue around the eye which has a amber (?) colored iris, a warm brown head and chest, and no white in the underwing coverts. The bird showed worn outer primaries and inner secondaries, is missing/molting in P6, and retains a couple of worn retricies.

Technical Information

Model
NIKON D7100
f-stop
f/9.0
Focal length
190 mm
Shutter speed
1/1250 sec
ISO
1000
Flash
Flash did not fire
Original file size
213KB
Dimensions
800 x 584

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