Birds in Spain
On 4.8 a nearly adult Red-footed Booby was seen at 10:08 and for less than a minute at c. 2 nautic miles SW of Tenerife island, off Puerto Colón at 28º03 425, 16º45 940 (Chloé Yzoard). It was flying at low towards the South when we saw it from the sailing vessel Bonadea II. The enclosed photos were taken and what we felt was a Gannet turned out to be the 4th Red-footed Booby for Spain.
All photos below: © Chloé Yzoard
This is the 4th Spanish record after the following, one in the Mediterranean and two in the Canary Islands:
The species has been found at Cape Verde islands in 2016 (7 individuals, 4 adults + 3 dark morph/juv, photographed at Raso on 6th June, 9th record for Cape Verde and 15th record for WP, via tarsiger.com), where reported breeding (despite this is uncertain according to other sources, Vincent Hart in litt.). The species perhaps can turn up again in the Canaries in the future if this establishment of a small population in Macaronesia region continues and strengthens in the future.
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© Chloé Yzoard
Red-footed Booby at Tenerife in August 2016. 4th for Spain.
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