Diving Blue-footed Booby at Eden Island near Santa Cruz in Galápagos, EC - Encircle Photos

4 Diving Blue-footed Booby at Eden Island near Santa Cruz in Galápagos, EC

Blue-footed boobies are awkward and clumsy on land. They are designed to be master aviators. Their five-foot wingspan allows them to soar over water in search of small fish such as sardines and anchovies. When a school is spotted, the booby becomes a rocket. It can plunge from over 100 feet and hit the water going 60 mph. Cranial air sacs cushion the impact. This amazing bird can swim to depths of 75 feet to catch and eat their prey. Within seconds, the booby bursts above the water in flight. Then it returns to the nest and feeds its young through regurgitation.

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Isla El Edén, Ecuador

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