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Taking Off
Photographer: Walter Diehl
Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Intent on leaving the water after a failed attempt to secure a meal, this Blue-Footed Booby struggles to lift its ungainly body clear. Once airborne, this magnificent bird sets aside the comical posture we typically see on land and adopts the sleek contour of a powerful and efficient hunter.
Digital Alterations: 
crop, +exposure, +saturation
Camera Information: Canon 40D, 100-400mm @ 320mm
Special Equipment: