In Florida, where I am most familiar with sea birds, there will be several species of gulls and terns soaring along the coast for me to learn, diving for fish. Here the Blue-footed and Nazca Boobies are much easier to identify. Yes, there are also Red-footed and Brown Boobies, but we didn't go to the islands where they live. These birds spend the day soaring overhead looking for fish. The bird itself is 32-34 inches long (about the size of a goose), with a long curved neck, and they can live as long as 17 years.
The eyes are the key to identifying males and females. The male has a small pinpoint iris, while the female's iris is larger and almost star-shaped.
Finally added up the totals of birds seen on this trip. Altogether, both in the islands and mainland Ecuador, we saw 72 species, 54 of which were life birds! Our leader Kevin, saw more, of course, but I didn't include any we didn't actually see ourselves. Pretty good, isn't it?