Jul 21 2010
I have bit of news and some eye candy to add to the story of Delaware’s first Brown Booby, which came aboard the Thelma Dale IV on Monday, 19 July 2010 and rode the boat back into the harbor at Lewes, whereupon it was taken to Tri-State Bird Rescue.
First, some eye candy. Here’s a shot taken by Captain Rick Yakimowicz of the booby that nicely illuminates its face and underparts.
Here it is accepting a Mummichog–a kilifish commonly used for bait by local anglers. Does he look happy, or what?
Brown Boobies are particularly fond of Flying Fish, so perhaps this qualifies. Below, a closeup of the booby downing a Mummichog.
Finally, a shot of the bird surrounded by food offerings. Brown Boobies like squid, too.
The bit of news I have is a more precise read on the location where the booby came aboard the boat. According to Captain Rick, it was at 38:52 X 75:09. Plotting that on Google Earth, I come up with the following:
You’ll see a little green tree icon to the left and below the yellow booby pin–that’s Broadkill Beach, Delaware. Lewes, where the boat docked, is close to the yellow flag below the pin. The big finger sticking down from the upper right corner is, of course, Cape May, New Jersey.
Thanks very much to Captain Rick Yakimowicz for the information and the terrific photos.