Peter was excited when I told him we would be traveling to Ecuador and going on a cruise with Ecoventura to the Galápagos Islands, even more enthusiastic when I informed him that he would be seeing hundreds of boobies. What I failed to mention was that these Boobies weren’t of the well-endowed female sort, they were the native Blue-footed Booby bird which just happened to own a very breasty name.
There are actually 3 types of boobies on the Galápagos Islands: Blue-footed, Red-footed and Nazca. Though we would most likely be seeing them all, my real bucket list goal was to witness a Blue-footed Booby mating dance.
Prior to arriving in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, I had heard the most about these Blue-Footed Booby birds, which made them the most coveted on my booby hunt. The want grew even greater after learning about their unique courting ritual, which included rocking side-to-side while lifting their eye-catching baby blue feet. A Booby dance.
These birds really needed to be able to do some fancy foot work in order to woo their woman.
Maybe Peter could learn a few new dance moves. It was about time he graduated from his old standbys, “The Sprinkler” and “The Lawnmower”.
On Espanola Island, there were a lot of baby Boobies.
All along our route, there was a scattering of Blue-footed Boobies.
When I spotted my first one it was exciting, not so much for Peter who was beginning to realize that these boobies weren’t exactly what he expected.
Even with numerous booby sightings we had yet to see the actual Blue-footed Booby mating dance. Then, on our last day of exploring the Galapagos Islands, on North Seymour, we saw one very popular female bird surrounded by a few male Boobies who were strutting their stuff trying to impress this desirable lady.
We watched as they did their dance, battling it out like a fierce episode of Dancing with the Stars. But, there was a clear leader in this bunch…
In the end, Peter had to admit that these kind of Boobies were fun too. And he even created his own rendition of a Booby dance…
How many times the word Booby/Boobies is mentioned in this article: 21
Will traveling to Galapagos Islands be on your bucket list? What about seeing the Blue-footed Booby mating dance?
Disclosure: I was a guest of Ecoventura, but all the words I write come straight from my, sometimes distorted, mind. Just as it should be.