Rouge-gorge familier - Francoise CouneAs Yann Arthus Bertrand puts it so well: "In photography, it is not the photographer who is important"

I hope through my photos to succeed in making you discover the beauty of Nature and make you understand that it is there for us and that it is essential to respect it.



Nazca Booby

The Nazca Booby (Sula granti) (taking its name from the province of Nazca), is a species of seabird belonging to the Sulidae family. It is found on islands off Mexico in the north of its range and south to the Galápagos in the southwest. The largest colonies are located in Galápagos (Ecuador) and on the Malpelo Islands off the coast of Colombia.

It is a relatively large bishop and similar in appearance to the Masked Booby. These madmen are elegantly dressed in white. The flight feathers are black and the rectrices gray to black. The black mask, which starts from the base of the beak and covers the eyes, allows, like the Masked Booby, to recognize it very easily. The eyes are yellow. The beak, with a yellowish tip, is rather orange in the male and pink in the female. Females possess a slightly larger size and weight than males, but the difference is noticeable only in direct comparison.
Juveniles are dark brown above, with white edges and rare white spots. Their underparts are white. They don't really look like adults until they reach the age of three.

It feeds mainly on fish caught in coastal waters, but, if necessary, they can travel over 300 km during the breeding season. It can dive from a height of 30 m but the depths reached are most often 3 to 4 m.

The Grant's Booby population is estimated at 50,000 individuals and decreasing. The species is classified as "of minor concern", therefore not yet threatened to date. This bird is sensitive to the "El Niño" phenomenon which leads to a scarcity of food in its usual fishing grounds.


Nazca Booby (Sula granti)
Genovesa Island (Galapagos - Ecuador)
July 2022