An adult Red-footed booby (Sula sula) following the National Geographic Endeavour in the tropical South Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil. This bird has an ingeneous hunting tactic: to glide near the bow and wait until the forward progress of the ship forces flying fish to try and avoid the ship by flying, the booby then dives after the fish attempting to escape in the air! The red-footed Booby is the smallest of all boobies at 71 cm (28 in) length, 137 cm wingspan (54 in). Red-footed Boobies are spectacular divers, plunging diagonally into the ocean at high speed. They mainly eat small fish, including flying fish.


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Red-footed Booby | Sula sula

An adult Red-footed booby (Sula sula) following the National Geographic Endeavour in the tropical South Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil. This bird has an ingeneous hunting tactic: to glide near the bow and wait until the forward progress of the ship forces flying fish to try and avoid the ship by flying, the booby then dives after the fish attempting to escape in the air! The red-footed Booby is the smallest of all boobies at 71 cm (28 in) length, 137 cm wingspan (54 in). Red-footed Boobies are spectacular divers, plunging diagonally into the ocean at high speed. They mainly eat small fish, including flying fish.
Credit to: BluePlanetArchive / Michael S. Nolan

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