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Blue-footed Booby aerial attack



This is a Blue-footed Booby in Galapagos. They circle above the ocean, stop on a dime and then hurtle beak first toward the ocean turning themselves into an avi...
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This is a Blue-footed Booby in Galapagos. They circle above the ocean, stop on a dime and then hurtle beak first toward the ocean turning themselves into an avian torpedo. When their prey is in sight, these seabirds utilize the physical adaptations that make them exceptional divers. They fold their long wings back around their streamlined bodies and plunge into the water from as high as 80 feet. Amazing birds
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16 Comments | Report
russellgaughen PRO
 
russellgaughen August 17, 2019
A Very Nice Image Indeed!!! Thanks For Sharing!!!!
photosue50 Premium
 
photosue50 June 06, 2020
Woah
DAsEye PRO+
 
DAsEye June 07, 2020
Perfect timing
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Petergwy June 10, 2020
Thanks David, although as I told Sarah, it took several hundred photos to get this one shot!
All_Photos_By_SarahB
 
All_Photos_By_SarahB June 10, 2020
Amazing Timing!
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Petergwy June 10, 2020
Thank you Sarah, although I have several hundred photos in my attempt to get this one photo!
lamarh
 
lamarh June 18, 2020
perfect timing. great capture
jimcwalker
 
jimcwalker June 28, 2020
Such an amazing shot and timing!
pablosantiago
 
pablosantiago August 11, 2020
Omg!!!!!
RickL PRO+
 
RickL August 20, 2020
Exceptional action photography. Good focus and detail. Wow!
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Petergwy August 21, 2020
Thank you Rick.
RSeanC Platinum
 
RSeanC September 20, 2020
Awesome shot
Pjerry PRO+
 
Pjerry September 27, 2020
Superb.
MaryAnne306 Platinum
 
MaryAnne306 October 09, 2020
Wonderful capture! Great timing. And thanks for the info about blue-footed boobies. Never knew they were such superb divers, only that they had blue feet.
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ronjudyluv2travel October 30, 2020
Incredible capture! Timing and persistence in getting that perfect shot - wow!
mariadelcarmenllavayol
 
mariadelcarmenllavayol November 25, 2020
Fantástico!!! Qué oportuno. Saludos
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maryphippsseward April 01, 2021
WOW!
stephaniehainlen
 
stephaniehainlen May 06, 2021
beautiful capture
pamelathomson
 
pamelathomson December 11, 2021
Cracking photo

Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo on the island of San Cristobal in the Galapagos group of islands. We were shuttled onto the beach of this beautiful spot on the morning of April 24, 2016 to enjoy the local wildlife which included Blue-footed Boobies and Brown Pelicans as well as brightly-colored Sally Lightfoot crabs. Both the Blue-footed Boobies and the Pelicans were diving into the shallow water near the beach's edge hunting for fish. Following the larger, slower moving Pelicans as they dove toward the surface was relatively easy. But the Boobies would start at a higher altitude and gain speed as they narrowed their bodies into the shape of an avian harpoon.
Time
This photo was taken at 9:20 in the morning.
Lighting
The equator runs directly through the Galapagos Islands and as a result the days and nights are about the same length of time year round. The air always has some noticeable moisture so the sunlight is sort of soft. The background of all of my shots was either the sky or the sea, so there was no worry about backlighting.
Equipment
I used a Canon 1DX with a Canon 70-200mm lens. No tripod or flash. f/3.5 1/3200 100 ISO
Inspiration
I have always enjoyed the challenge of taking photos of moving wildlife. In this case I took over 400 images of the Boobies and Pelicans diving into the water in the space of an hour or so.
Editing
I shot this in Raw and used Photoshop. The post-processing included cropping and minor adjustments.
In my camera bag
Canon 1DX, Canon EF 100/2.8L, Macro USM IS, Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L 2 EF, Canon EF 70-200/2.8 L IS II USM, Canon EF 500mm. Wimberley WH200 WIMB HEAD, Gitzo Series 5 Systematic 4 Section Tripod.
Feedback
Getting this kind of shot requires a lot of patience. I suggest using a camera body that allows high speed shutter releases. My Canon 1DX takes 12 frames per second. During this shoot, I took over 400 images of the Boobies and Pelicans in order to get this one shot. Of course timing and preparation are important. Automatic focus is required. Settings: f/3.5 1/3200 100 ISO. High shutter speed is required.

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