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Red-footed Booby Christmas Island ~ These well known seabirds do not migrate, but live year-round in tropical and subtropical regions of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans. Familiar to boaters, they often follow (and sometimes land on) marine craft. Red-footed boobies feed at sea, but nest on land, perching in coastal trees and shrubs.

Brown Booby bird. Boobies hunt fish by diving from a height into the sea and pursuing their prey underwater. Facial air sacs under their skin cushion the impact with the water. Boobies are colonial breeders on islands and coasts. They normally lay one or more chalky-blue eggs on the ground or sometimes in a tree nest.

The Gannet bird, Gannets are are large black and white seabirds with yellow heads; long, pointed wings; and long bills & are closely related to boobies. Northern gannets are the largest seabirds in the North Atlantic,the 2 other species live around southern Africa, southern Australia and New Zealand. Gannets hunt fish by diving from a height into the sea and pursuing their prey underwater -they have no external nostrils, instead they are located inside the mouth.

The Gannet bird, Gannets are are large black and white seabirds with yellow heads; long, pointed wings; and long bills & are closely related to boobies. Northern gannets are the largest seabirds in the North Atlantic,the 2 other species live around southern Africa, southern Australia and New Zealand. Gannets hunt fish by diving from a height into the sea and pursuing their prey underwater -they have no external nostrils, instead they are located inside the mouth.

Gannet. New Zealand. This beautiful and graceful bird dives into the sea at 50 km/hr and reaches a depth of 15 metres in search of its prey. Photo on flickr by Mike NZ.

Puffins ♦These are pelagic seabirds that feed primarily by diving in the water. They breed in large colonies on coastal cliffs or offshore islands, nesting in crevices among rocks or in burrows in the soil. Two species, the Tufted Puffin and Horned Puffin, are found in the North Pacific Ocean, while the Atlantic Puffin is found in the North Atlantic Ocean. They have predominantly black or black and white plumage, a stocky build, and large beaks. I

Northern Gannet flocks engage in spectacular bouts of plunge-diving for fish, with hundreds of birds diving into the ocean from heights of up to 130 feet (40 meters).

Northern Gannet bird, Gannets are are large black and white seabirds with yellow heads; long, pointed wings; and long bills & are closely related to boobies. Northern gannets are the largest seabirds in the North Atlantic,the 2 other species live around southern Africa, southern Australia and New Zealand. Gannets hunt fish by diving from a height into the sea and pursuing their prey underwater -they have no external nostrils, instead they are located inside the mouth.

Air acrobatics-1 - Acrobatics of the blue-footed boobies as they very quickly rearrange their wings and body to get a better angle to plunge-dive and catch fish in Galapagos Islands.

Gannet. New Zealand. This beautiful and graceful bird dives into the sea at 50 km/hr and reaches a depth of 15 metres in search of its prey.

Masked Booby Chick: It still receives food from the parents as it will for until they learn the difficult skills of plunge-diving. By the time it is seven months old (about the age of the curious individual above) the young booby will begin to flex its wings with tremendous flapping around, occasionally lifting a few feet from the ground. Once the flight muscles are developed enough, it will take to the air and begin its life as an adult. Full adult plumage grows after the second year.