Peru’s Sulas~

Sulas, more commonly known as boobies live on both the Palomino and Ballestas Islands off the coast of Peru. This is picturesque Pisco Harbor, gateway to Islas Ballestas.

There are six different types of sula species. They are commonly called boobies because of the comical method in which they land, often stumbling over their large feet, and because they were incorrectly assumed to be not be very intelligent. These are quite smart Peruvian Booby adults and juveniles on Islas Ballestas.

Peruvian Boobies are confined to areas near The Humboldt Current, in Peru, Chile and Ecuador.

They have pure white heads and chests.

Blue Footed Boobies have brown heads and the famous blue feet. 50% of them live in the Galapagos.

The rest are distributed from the Gulf of California to Peru.

Sulas are rather tame birds, and will let a cautious and respectful visitor approach closely.

Cheers to you from Peru’s fascinating, and quite bright, sulas~

151 thoughts on “Peru’s Sulas~

  1. I think it was blue-footed boobies that I saw in Baja California, diving for fish from up in the air. I used to wonder if their eyes would suffer after so much diving into salt water.

    1. Wonderful you saw them. Birds do fly underwater. Fascinating to see. I used to swim all the time in the ocean with my eyes open. The ocean is saline like our tears, only chlorinated pool water bothered my eyes.

      1. Yes, that’s true about the chlorine. I was wondering about the impact on the eyes, from diving repeatedly. It seemed to me that they hit the water awfully hard as they arrowed down from the sky.

        1. Good point. I wonder if they have a nictitating membrane, many birds whose eyes get in harms way, do, it covers the eye when predation activity puts them at risk.

  2. It is fascinating! The birds are gorgeous and a testament to natural, largely uninhibited by man’s nasty footprints, freedom of wild species. I wish all in the wild were as blessed!
    Wonderful shots, Cindy!

  3. Cindy, you’ve really captured a lot of personality in these photos. What adorable birds. LOL, it makes me wish I could have used one in my serial, rather than a magpie… but that just wouldn’t have the same effect. Hugs on the wing!

  4. You get to visit such interesting places that I will not experience myself, so I enjoy your photo-essays a lot. These photographs bring the birds ‘home’ to me.

    1. “These photographs bring the birds ‘home’ to me.”
      This makes me happy I posted.
      I am consistently blown away by your photographs and the amazing creatures where you live <3

  5. Cindy, they now rank close to my favorite bird which is the seagull. We do love the sea… Thank you for introducing me to these magnificent birds. <3

  6. Really very nice captures, I attended a few ornithological excursions in the past so I can imagine how difficult it is sometimes to see a bird only with the own eyes somestimes.

  7. It is just amazing how you capture these birds in their natural habitat. Their feet are beautiful. They look like duck feet. I can see that you are enjoying your stay in Peru. You are doing a marvellous job.

  8. Such beautiful Boobies, Cindy. Love the pose of the one showing his/her behind and looking right at you. <3 Are you still on holidays?

    1. They are remarkable aren’t they! It was like Mother Nature was almost done making them, stopped, looked, said, “Nah, too boring….” and gave them bright blue feet!

  9. It’s funny how people judged sulas as not being very intelligent in part because they were clumsy on land – as if sea birds should be sure-footed. I see a metaphor for how we judge other people…

  10. I love the blue beak. I looked and saw a beautiful mountain there topped with ice, I saw a roaring ocean. I know that sounds strange but I saw beauty in your beautiful photo of God’s creation.

    1. When I am in breathtaking natural vistas like this I feel very close to God and creation. It is why I keep going back. It makes me happy you feel as I do and thank you. <2

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