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Mother's First Egg

Blue-footed Boobies do not construct traditional bird nests, instead the lay their eggs on bare ground. Here, on North Seymour Island in the Galapagos, I was very fortunate to be able capture a close-up image of a mother booby after recently laying her first egg. Unlike most other birds, Blue-footed Boobies do not have a brooding patch (bare skin on their underbelly) to keep their eggs warm. Instead they use their large blue webbed feet to ensure their young are kept well insulated.

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