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Masked Booby, Sanibel Island, USA

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Old Monday 1st February 2010, 12:49   #1
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Masked Booby, Sanibel Island, USA

While sitting at the beach of Sanibel Island watching terns, suddenly a huge white and black bird flew low over the water and plunged in, was submerged for a couple of seconds, and then reappeared. I was able to catch some images with my camera, not very good ones but recognizable. At first, looking at the head, I thought it was a Northern Gannet, but that would be far outside their range. It's a Masked Booby to look at the wings, but I am still confused about the head. Any opinions?
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Nope that's a Northern Gannet alright
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Old Monday 1st February 2010, 13:01   #3
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I thought it was a Northern Gannet, but that would be far outside their range.
It's a N. Gannet. Not unusual in Fla. waters in the winter.

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Old Monday 1st February 2010, 14:00   #4
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Thanks. I rechecked and you are right.
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