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Just Frigate to those Boobies! | by retrorocketrick
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Just Frigate to those Boobies!

Pictured is a juvenile Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor).

 

It has gone through its molt and will soon be ready to take to the sky.

 

Frigates have an easier way to get food: stealing from other Galapagos birds. This is, naturally, a survival strategy.

 

When it is time to raise a family, they settle in others' nests, or abscond with some sticks.

 

In the background is a nest of Blue-footed Boobies (Sula nebouxii), grarding the chicks.

 

This shot was taken on Genovesa (Tower) Island.

 

The name is derived from Genoa, Italy where it is said Columbus was born.

 

It has an area of 14 square kilometers (5.4 sq mi) and a maximum altitude of 76 meters (249 ft).

 

This island is formed by the remaining edge of a large crater that is submerged.

 

Its nickname of “the bird island” is clearly justified, and is said to, at time have over one million birds. That's a lot of guano!

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Taken on August 25, 2012