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Red-footed Booby at Tenerife in August 2016. 4th for Spain

Chloé Yzoard

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Introduction

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.

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All photos below: © Chloé Yzoard

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Editorial comment

This is the 4th Spanish record after the following, one in the Mediterranean and two in the Canary Islands:

  • 2010. Málaga. 11 August. Off Estepona (John Hopkins & Jane Hopkins). Account here
  • 2010. Roses- L'Estartit, Girona. From 3 - 15 December, then brought to recovery centre where it died on 23 December (Sílvia Guix and others). Full account here and epilogue here. According to foreign specialists it could not be 100% stated that the Málaga and Girona birds could be the same, but Spanish Rarities Committee dediced to consider both the same individual, something quite probable on the other hand.
  • 2012. At sea between Gran Canaria and Las Palmas, Canary islands (Steve Copsey). 23 - 24 September 2012. See a photo and details in the September 2012 page here, 2nd for Spain, 1st for the Canary islands
  • 2015. El Hierro, Canary islands (Marcel Gil, Crístel Reyes, María García & Agustina Schiavi). Subadult. 22 May. 3rd for Spain, 2nd for the Canary islands. See a photo in May 2015 page here and an account in the author's blog here.

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.


Citation
Yzoard, C. 2016. Red-footed Booby at Tenerife in August 2016. 4th for Spain. Retrieved from http://www.rarebirdspain.net/arbsf080.htm 

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Red-footed Booby at Tenerife in August 2016. 4th for Spain.

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