The Blue-footed Boobies were nesting and mating and we got lots of looks at them. I learned that the male birds whistle and the females honk. I also have been trying to figure out why some have dark around their eyes and others do not. Other than that, they look very similar. In the lower photo, however, look at the pupil of the two boobies and see if you can see one is smaller than the other. In fact, they are both about the same, but one has more black on the inside of the iris, and the pupil is circular, just hidden by the black iris.
We found a few nesting Tropic Birds and looked carefully at them, one was out hunting still and we found the baby "fluff nuggett" waiting for mama to come back.
Probably the cutest bird on the island, and shortly afterward we saw the most ugly of all birds on the islands. Pelican Babies. They are like little house-elves, all wrinkled and nasty and wierd.
I got maybe the most unflattering shot of one with zits on its neck and wrinkles and an eyelid half closed. Or a nictitating membrane.
The adults are quite handsome however.
I got a few nice shots from aloft with the kite of the southern cove and the west side of the island. Its hard to get the kite high enough to cover the whole island.
Also we were diving on the west side, where its a big drop off, and suddenly there were some Giant Manta Rays flying under us! I dove down and got some video, and here are some stills. This one was about 15 ft across I think, it was the biggest one I've seen close up. It waited for me to ride it, but I didn't have the guts.
Here is the Motmot, look carefully in the middle.