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.