BROWN BOOBY, AT SEA OFF PACIFIC COAST OF PANAMA, JANUARY 24, 2014
Pentax 55-300 at 260mm
1/1600 sec. f9
Its name comes from bobo, Spanish for "stupid," because of the seabird's habit of alighting on ships to be snatched and eaten by sailors (Captain Bligh and his crew survived on them when they were cast adrift). One morning aboard the m/s Statendam last month, a dozen boobies whirled and swung above the foredeck, providing much photographic pleasure.