A Red Footed Booby (Sula sula) was spotted by wildlife personnel of Guipos Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) in a fishport of Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur.
The seabird weighs around1.3 kgs and was spotted by Wildlife Unit Chief Precil Antepuesto who took a photo of the bird perching on a building structure in the fishport while on their way to Panikian Island.
According to National Geographic, "these are the smallest of more than half a dozen booby species. Red-footed boobies are strong flyers and can travel up to 93 miles in search of food. They often hunt in large groups, and are nimble enough to snare flying fish from the air. Boobies are well adapted for diving and feature long bills, lean and aerodynamic bodies, closeable nostrils, and long wings which they wrap around their bodies before entering the water. Red-footed boobies use these attributes to plunge-dive and capture fish that they spot from above with their sharp eyes. At night, they may dive for schooling squid that are visible because of their phosphorescence. Once in the water, the birds use their webbed feet to aid swimming ".
They are found widely in the tropics, and breed colonially in coastal regions, especially islands. The species faces few natural or man-made threats, although its population is declining it is considered to be a least-concern species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)-(source: national geographic)
Photos by: Precil Antepuesto