Thanks for the help. The bird had a flesh tone bill with blue flesh around the eye. I didn't see anything similar in my book and have no experience with red-footed booby. Guess I'll wait for the next one to tic.
I am no expert and would need to check a few refrences but the bird looks like an Abbott's Booby. If so, this would be a significant record for Queensland. Do you have any other photos you might be willing to share? The bird looks oiled which could be why it sat on your boat. Roger
A bit more research and I feel comfortable that this is a sub-adult Red-footed Booby.
Plumage and color can be variable but the culmen shape is right for Red-footed and the wrong shape for Abbotts. Adult female Abbott's has pink bill so that looks good, but this is a sub-adult, not a full adult. Black on the tip and around the eye look good for Abbotts, but there seems to be a lot of black, more than there should be for Abbotts. I don't think Abbotts ever has pink feet, they should always be blue or black so that is another strike against Abbotts. Plus, Red-footed are not too uncommon around Cairns so I suppose if you hear hoofbeats don't think zebra!
Thank you for the thoughtful replies, yes I was considering Abbot's but was unwilling to go there without other confirmation. Unfortunately this is the only photo, but the feet were definitely pink to red. Cheers, and happy birding.
i question the red footed id just because the red footed has such a bluish beak and your photo shows a lighter flesh colour with a darker tip which does fit the Abbotts better.
Though the leg colour becomes an issue then
I could not find a single image of a red foot with a beak like the one in your pic
first image is the the abbotts and then the red footed