Daily Archives: May 19, 2011

Mating Dance

I was walking along a trail on the island of Seymour in the Galapagos, where there are a variety of species of marine birds, including the very large frigates and my favorite, the blue-footed boobie. Then these two birds suddenly landed on the trail and a mating ritual – the dance by the male to impress the larger female – began. The male, in addition to spreading his wings, lets out a loud whistle. The female just stands there as if saying “impress me”. In this instance, the female walked away, not interested. Oh well, try again with another hottie, dude! ­čÖé

By the way, the camera work is a bit shaky because there are birds flying over and some of them swoop down pretty close. As I was shooting this video, a frigate – the ones with the large red pouch – flew by and startled me a bit. ­čÖé

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