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Why am I so Blue...

Blue Footed Booby... Isn't Obvious!

A "true" Blue-footed Booby. Seen this February on an inshore pelagic birding trip. These are the brightest blue feet I've ever seen on a Blue-footed Booby found in California. This bird was on the cliffs of Anacapa Island, East end. Despite the names, the foot color is not usually the best field mark to look for on a Booby. When they are immatures the foot color can be different than the namesake. Adult birds attain the blue color through a healthy diet. Apparently the color will fade if they are malnourished and potential mates prefer the rich blue color. Blue-footed Boobies are considered very rare in Southern California.


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