Blue-footed boobies may be one of the most popular Galapagos Islands birds, but there are plenty of other exotic avian creatures on the archipelago, like the red-footed booby. This bird is the smallest member of the booby family. If you want to see these birds in their natural habitat, you must travel to outlying Genovesa Island, a highly protected island that is home to a large colony of the red-footed boobies can be found.

Red-footed boobies have an average wingspan of a little more than three feet. This helps them stay airborne while searching the seas for a tasty meal, and their torpedo-like bodies are prefect for diving into the ocean to chase their prey. Keep your eyes on the sky and have your camera ready, as you might get to see these birds take to the skies and hunt for their dinner.

Unlike the blue-footed birds, red-footed boobies are not endangered and especially during their mating season, you can see hundreds of the winged creatures on Genovesa Island. And because tourism to this tiny island is highly restricted, your naturalist-guided hike amid the red-footed boobies, short-eared owls and storm petrels of Genovesa feels like a walk through your private nature reserve. The sight is certainly not one you'll forget anytime soon, and these birds are just one species among thousands of animals and plants you'll be able to see on International Expeditions’ 2012 Galapagos Islands cruises.

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