Sunday, September 20, 2009

Blue Boobies

Blue Monday is hosted by Sally at Smiling Sally. Stop on by and view other participants who are showing off their blue.

I bet I know what you're thinking. Come on, I know what you're thinking. You thought this was going to be a provocative post, didn't ya? Surprise, it's a booby, but nor the ones you were thinking of. Gotcha, hee, hee, wink, wink.....

Blue-Footed Booby (Sula Neboxuii)

Boobies received their name by allowing them to be captured while asleep. Boobies are a part of the Sulidae family made up of ten species of long-winged sea birds the size of geese. Their feet are completely webbed including hind toes, not free as in a duck. Boobies live near tropical and subtropical islands around the world, coming ashore only to breed. At sea they can be seen diving from the sky to catch fish.

Named for their blue legs and feet these are the most common and non-descript of the Galapagos Booby. Their natural habitat extends from Peru to Mexico. Young blue-foots look quite similar to adults yet it takes 2 to 3 years to reach their adult plumage of a pale streaked head, dark mantle with white patches on the nape and rump, white bellies and a dark tail. Blue-Footed Boobies nest in colonies. In large colonies there is almost continuous breeding with pairs nesting every 7 to 9 months. They can be seen breeding on most islands north of the equator in the Galapagos.

Could that shade of blue be any prettier? Nature is amazing.

I came across these little boobies while researching Huntington's Disease for a school project. They came up while looking for gene mutations. You never know what you're going to find but I think these boobies are perfect for a Blue Monday.



Shy said...

I just saw a boobie decorative in one of the blue monday post, now I see the real boobie. wow they really have blue feet huh. Nice post happy blue monday!

SmilingSally said...

They are perfect! Happy Blue Monday.

Cathy said...

They have such a funny look on their face;)!!! Cute blue post!!!


Anonymous said...

EEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeekkkkkkk LOL I've seen one earlier today. But this is worth seeing again. How I wish I can see one in person. and yes, the flaps in their feet - - really wide. What a cute booby contribution LOL

Happy Blue Monday!


Mary said...

This is really wonderful It's the kind of thing that must be seen to be believed. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Becky K. said...

They are very interesting. Kind of owl-like in the face...but those blue feet take the cake!

Becky K.
Hospitality lane

kymber said...

How cute - I have never seen these before - such vibrant blue legs they have!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story on Sunday about your patient. It too brought tears to my eyes! It feels so good to be able to do what we do everyday in our jobs doesn't it? Even though it is SO hard at times and I often wonder if I do it justice, when I am obedient to the call that God has placed on me - I always walk away at the end of a long day feeling wonderful about what I do and SO in love with the people that God has placed in my care.

You were there for that dear woman right when she needed someone! She was so scared, and you were a great comfort to her even though you probably felt like you didn't know what to say - the simple fact that you were there for her through her fearful moments - such a blessing!

Praise God for people like you dear sister! I am so glad that you are doing what you are doing! We need more people in this world who will go the extra mile for someone.

God's richest blessings to you as you follow His Will for your life!

~ Lisa @ AbidingThere~ said...

Ah, who can resist a post called Blue Boobies!? lol :)