Perched Red-footed Boobies at Darwin Bay Beach on Genovesa in Galápagos, EC - Encircle Photos

26 Perched Red-footed Boobies at Darwin Bay Beach on Genovesa in Galápagos, EC

Your initial reaction to seeing a red-footed booby for the first time is, “that’s adorable!” Then avid bird watchers will notice something peculiar. They tend to perch on trees. This is a common practice among birds with separate digits but an oddity among webbed birds. Yet these crimson feet are equally adept at grabbing branches as they are propelling the bird underwater at depths reaching 100 feet (no pun intended).

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Great Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island, Galápagos, Ecuador

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