Chronicles of Tawi-tawi: Curious boobies

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Yes, they’re called boobies. They’re birds and are usually out flying in the sea. The booby got its name from the Spanish term “bobo” meaning stupid, as they had a habit of landing on ships and were easily captured and eaten. In my trips around Sulu Sea (Tubbataha & San Miguel Islands), they usually hover curiously above our boats/ship. You can even approach them closely for their photo ops.

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Red-footed boobies breeds on small islands. Their nest is usually in a tree or bush, rarely on the ground.

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They feed on small fish or squid as seen littered on the ground below their nests (Yup, the island stinks of poop & rotting fish & squid).

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Some unfortunate chicks may fall to the ground and die ;-(

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