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Two blue footed booby's dancing #mental_wildlife The blue-footed booby (Sula nebouxii) is a marine bird native to subtropical and tropical regions of the Pacific Ocean. It is one of six species of the genus Sula – known as boobies. It is easily recognizable by its distinctive bright blue feet, which is a sexually selected trait. Males display their feet in an elaborate mating ritual by lifting them up and down while strutting before the female. The blue color of the blue-footed booby's webbed feet comes from carotenoid pigments obtained from its diet of fresh fish. Carotenoids act as antioxidants and stimulants for the blue-footed booby's immune function, suggesting that carotenoid-pigmentation is an indicator of an individual's immunological state. Blue feet also indicate the current health condition of a booby. The brightness of the feet decreases with age, so females tend to mate with younger males with brighter feet, who have higher fertility and greater ability to provide paternal care than older males. In a cross-fostering experiment, it was observed that foot color reflects paternal contribution to raising chicks; chicks raised by foster fathers with brighter feet grew faster than chicks raised by foster males with duller feet. Females continuously evaluate their partners' condition based on foot color. In one experiment, males whose partners had laid a first egg in the nest had their feet dulled by make-up. The female partners laid smaller second eggs a few days later. As duller feet usually indicate a decrease in health and possibly genetic quality, it is adaptive for these females to decrease their investment in the second egg. Photo unknown. #animalkingdom #naturephotography #naturalworld #naturelovers #wildlifeplanet #wildlifeonearth #wildlifeaddicts #wildlifegeographic #natgeowild #wildlifephotographs #naturegram #planetearth #animals #animalphotos #wildlife #amazing #beautiful #photooftheday #uniqueanimals #awesome #picoftheday  #conservation #naturelovers #wildlifephotography #visualsoflife #cute  #weirdandwonderful  #instanature  #blue #birds

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zikzak_studio

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carlosgomezlira.photography

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taylorhurocyphotography

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_.naturelife._

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photography_vos

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thetasweer.wala

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the_animix

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planet_picturesque

🐉 Bengal monitor lizard 🐉 . In Sri Lanka, the water monitor (Kabaragoya) is considered venomous and dangerous when confronted, while the Bengal monitor (Thalagoya) is considered harmless and rather defenseless. Land monitor meat is considered edible (especially by indigenous Veddah and Rodiya people) while water monitor meat is not. Killing a land monitor is usually considered a cowardly act, and is frequently referred to folklore along with other harmless reptiles like the Rat Snake (Garandiya). . . . #bengalmonitor #intothewild #naturelover #natureisamazing #natgeowild #natgeotravel #discover #lizards #reptilesofinstagram #reptiles #animallover #gotmyeyeonyou #adventure #solotraveller #instagood #instatravel #wildlife #wildlifephotography #instadaily #shotwithcanon #shotoftheday #mangrove #instalike #travel #peaceofmind #bbctravel #conservation

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akash_saraswate

Prints. [1] Masai Mara, Kenya. #bbc#natgeowild#bbcearth#natgeo#natgeoyourshot#masaimara#kenya#wildlifephotography#wildlife#canon#canon70d#bbcwildlife#indianafricanwildlife#tamrong2#cheetah#lion#vulture#marariver#wildebeest#rivercrossing#scavenging#bbcwildlife#bbcwildlifemagazine#zebra#skin#prints#animalconservation

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pugaithapadam

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vigneshkumar.rb

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alex_kabba

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josefgr76

Monstruos acuáticos, escorpora en el don Pedro a 38mt. #ocean#escorpora#naturefreak#uwphotography#fotografiasubmarina#ibiza#eivissa#ssi#padi#scubadiving#bajoelmar#diverslife#beautifuldestinations#natgeowild#yourshotphotographer#underwater#oceanlover#oceanconservation#sonyrx100vi#travelblogger#scubadiverslife#scubalife#welovediving#stonefish

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vigneshkumar.rb

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eddalmostthere

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federicoocastellano

Due lepri si danno una bella scrollata, e al prossimo campo si fermano un po’… Si fermano a urlare “siamo qui, angelo della nebbia, guardaci… buttaci solo un po’ di colore. @iil33 #nebbia #nebbialove #samsungs9plus #fog #coloridellanatura #coloridellanotte #notte #night #fotochepassione #fotochesembranoquadri #colori #nightcolors #icoloridellanotte #travel #naturephotography #natgeowild #nationalgeographic #italy #quantoseibellaitalia #italiaquantoseibella

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spontaneitypictures_official

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helenscottcornwall

Well camouflaged Turnstones - can you spot the one hopping?! #turnstones #birdhopper #lowtide #birdlife #seabirds

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bestplacestoremember

Photo by: @catalin.fudulu ~~~~~ Tag us in your picture to be featured

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abruzzopassion

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rusomaweera


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