Naska Boobie posturing for a mate
He flaps his wings to get her attention
If she can’t see him maybe she can hear him
Ever vigilant he scans constantly
She appears out of nowhere
When he finds her they rapidly make their bond….
…and announce it to the colony
And pretty soon its time to feed a newly hatched chick
These aerial acrobats make their living by stealing food from other birds, often times Boobies and Tropical birds. They have a vivid courtship display which you will see on this page.
They are aerial acrobats and have amazing flying abilities
They steal food from their other birds by harassing them so much with their tremendous flying ability that the other bird
drops its mouthful of fish to stop the harassment.
This frigate in the top right of the photo is taking a branch from the mouth of a blue-footed Booby in the lower left
The Booby is now on the right with the branch in its mouth
The victorious frigate
Many will glide just a few feet above your head. This is a female.
The male with throat sac partially deflated
As you hike around the colony you start getting close to them. This female is resting.
The courtship process is fascintating to observe. These 3 males are trying to impress a lone female.
A male without an inflated throat pouch
A couple of puffs of air and the transformation is apparent on this different frigate
Another example of a prime male specimen!
Another male put on quite a display in his attempt to attract a female
Unfortunately for him he attracted another male intent on taking his perching spot
A few choice words and the intruder left
His charms worked because a female soon landed
And the courtship began
The look of love
Soon after the coursthip the stork drops off a fluffy package
And now the work begins keeping this chick’s stomach full.
It was a good spot for us surfer dudes to practice our technique
The hotel had a beautiful garden setting
The fisherman took their boats out daily
You could walk along the beach and watch the locals doing their “local” thing
Large flocks of pelicans would congregate over the beach. Scarlet Macaws squawked by almost daily.
The jungle was just outside our door
This dragonfly was one of the multitudes of insects we encountered on our hikes in the jungle
Leaf cutter ants were numerous…..
….along with spiders
We passed this sign as we drove to Manuel Antonio National Park so I had to take it
This park is right on the water and abounds with monkeys and reptiles
Our first sighting was a sloth and its infant
When the monkeys were not trying to steal your food they actually sat still for a photo op
A red eyed frog
We saw lots of spiny iguanas
After Manuel Antonion we went to Carrara Reserve.
We timed it right with the Macaws when they came in to eat the palm tree nuts
It was like a mini Africa trip with crocodiles…
…and strange looking birds called boat-billed herons
Green Kingfisher scanning the water for fish
Ahinga drying its feather
Amazon Kingfisher with its dinner
Dappled leaves in a slow moving stream
After a week of relaxation it was time to pack up for Antarctica