For a few months in early 2008 a Brown Booby was being reported on the St. John's Fishing Pier near St. Augustine. So on a trip up north I decided I had to take a chance and chase this bird. The chasing part was easy, a short 15 minutes off the interstate and I was at the pier parking lot. I gave the attendant my 25 cent fee and seconds later I was staring down my lifer Brown Booby.
This particular Brown Booby was a juvenile and had been living off of fish scraps from the fishermen all winter. But this bird wasn't just free-loading. While I was there it took flight and tried to catch some food. By spring time the bird was gone but it was a successful trip for me and definitely a birding high spot for the year. I'm sure the next Brown Booby won't nearly be as easy to see and certainly won't let me take photos from a few feet away.
Tomorrow's post will highlight my Number 1 Lifer bird of 2008. Any guesses on what it could be?