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Red-footed Booby

Red-footed Booby
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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-05 1:58
Viewed: 8291
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my second post of this Red-footed guy here on TN. It is from same location and it is the same bird but on this one booby boy is showing all his beauty.

The place where I found this guy was a little island called Half Moon Caye which belong to the Belize and is part of Caribbean sea. This guy was resting in the top of this beautiful trees. I get only 30 min to look a round the island when rest of my group was snorkeling. We arrived at south and all birds was at north part of island. I know that in the north part was observation tower with possibilities to see all this birds so I decided to take quick visit. I found construction after 10 min fast walking in the dark and wet forest. I claimed up and found metal floor but without any roof. It was 1:00 PM and sun was really strong. I left my shoes @ the boat and the floor was really warmth so I burned my feet's... Well that life and I hope you like this shot :)

The most famous inhabitants of this island are its Red- footed Boobies which nest in the Ziricote thicket at the western end of the caye.
The Boobies live on the caye for about 10 months of the year. Nesting starts around mid-December and the young hatch around March. Chicks are full grown in a matter of months and then its off to the open sea. Flying fish are their favourite food, caught at night when the fish are nearer the surface. Half Moon's Boobies are a bit special because most are white, instead of the much more normal brown colour found around the Caribbean. So even though they look so different, they are still the same species, because they can still interbreed and produce fertile off-spring (this is the definition of a species)...

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2008-02-05 2:54]

Hi Ralf,
This is a great shot, the red shoes are so cute I like the POV and BG.

hi ralf
perfect colors!!!
amazing bird
very good focus and composition

aleks ;-

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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2008-02-05 4:23]

Hi Ralf
Excellent shot of this Red-footed Booby.

very nice colors.great sharpness and detail.beautiful shot!

Hi Ralf
Excellent capture
There was a movie about penguins called
happy feet,they should make one about boobies called funny feet tfs jon

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-05 5:55]

Hej Ralf,
Terrific shot showing this Red-footed Booby against a background of red flowers that match perfectly! I love its pose and the light is excellent. Great sharpness and lovely colours too. Well done!
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-05 6:00]

Hi Ralf,
I will be back later with a proper critique. Sorry friend.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-02-05 7:41]

Hi Ralf,

A nice capture of a bird I never seen in the real before,I knew of their existance,but only captured the blue footed version on the galapagos Island some time ago,well captured in a natural surrounding,



Isn't just kind of fun to say "Booby" :) It's like saying "Magma" or "Mufasa" :) Seriously though, this is a nice shot. He is well composed and in sharp focus. Well Done.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-02-05 8:59]

Hi Ralf,

Wow! This is a fantastic shot of the Red footed Boobie. I would love to see one for real one day. The pose is wonderful - Nice of him to smile for the camera. Beautiful colors and superb sharp details. A wonderful composition with him in such a lovely setting.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-05 12:44]

Hello Ralf,
Fantastic photo of this Red-footed Booby. Excellent POV and composition with very good details and fantastic colours.

Hi Ralf,
Amazing capture!
This bird is so uncommon, with those vivid colours on the beak and feet.
I like the flowers seen at the background, as it combines with the almost same color of the feet.
The fill flash worked great to get this extra details on the plumage and head.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-02-05 18:33]

Hello Ralf,
Splendid, splendid image with amazing colors, especially the feet and tack sharp focus. This is an superb posting Ralf, thanks.

Hi Ralf,
What a stunner, the colours are beautiful, exposure is perfect, excellent light and detail, well framed and composed, all the best Cheers Rick :)

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2008-02-05 20:08]

Hi Ralf, great composition on this one. There could be no better way to have this guy show off those red feet of his, than to have him stand on a branch like this. You could almost have him saying something in caption, with that open beak of his. Colour and clarity are good throughout. Nice presentation.

Thanks, John

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-06 0:54]

Hi Ralf,
I remember your earlier shot of this bird- with a flower above its head. This one is also very nice. Good POV, details and composition. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Ralf,
this is extra ordinary beutiful red-footed booby capture. All thing perfect. I like it very much. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-02-06 13:43]

Hi Ralf

This is really a very beautiful and colorful bird!
I really love the vibrant tones that its legs and beak have...they really bring the bird out of the environment here (and i guess they could make this fellow stand out well from any habitat :))
The details are great - as always - and the exposure is very well controlled with a fine fill-in work of the flash (i think).
Sorry to hear about your feet getting burned...i just hope they weren't so red as the booby's :) But...in the end it was all worth it i guess :)
Wonderful work!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Ralf, lovely bird with strange feet, splendid colors, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, bravo, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-02-08 11:27]

What a great bird Ralf, well composed, very good details and great pose, very well done, thanks!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-14 8:13]

Hej Ralf,
I missed this beauty!
The feet in this capture of the red-Footed Booby are really red and compete with the red flowers in the BG!
Great sharpness and composition.

Hoppas du inte är borta från TN allt för länge!

Hi Ralf,
Beautiful bird and colors, excellent work.
I enjoyed your notes on how you got this one, it was well worth the hot tootsies :)
But next time, take your shoes ok ;-)

Hi Ralf!
This is a perfect title for this beautiful species. Lovely colours, sharpness and details. Bravo alsofor interesting note.
What to add more? Well, I really nice it! :)
Best regards,

light perfectly managed, excellent colours
an interesting bird witrh red foots !

Nice shot. Great colours and good composition.

this is a superb pic of this red footed booby

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