This form is intended as a convenience in reporting observations of species on the Louisiana Bird Records Committee (LBRC) Review List. The LBRC recommends the use of this form or a similar format when submitting records for review (to assure that all pertinent information is accounted for). Attach additional pages as necessary. Please print or type. Attach xerox of field notes, drawings, photographs, or tape recordings, if available. Include all photos for more obscurely marked species. When completed, mail to Secretary, Louisiana Bird Records Committee, c/o Museum of Natural Science, 119 Foster Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3216.

1. English and Scientific names: 

Brown Booby, Sula leucogaster

2. Number of individuals, sexes, ages, general plumage (e.g., 2 in alternate plumage):

3, near adult

3. Locality: LOUISIANA: (parish)

Calcasieu Parish

Specific Locality:

North end of Calcasieu Lake, resting on oil field structures.

4. Date(s) when observed:

October 29, 2013

5. Time(s) of day when observed:


6. Reporting observer and address:

Dave Patton, davepatton122@gmail.com

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s):

Mac Myers, Sammy Faulk, Billy Jones

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s):

Originaly found by Kevin Savoie on October 24, 2013.

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light):

Full sun from several angles

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition):

binoculars and 300mm lens

11. Distance to bird(s):

100 feet

12. Duration of observation:

15 minutes

13. Habitat:

open water of a large lake with several warfs and structures to sit on.

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation):

First seen resting on oil field structure. As we approached, they took off and flew in a large circle before landing on a different structure about ˝ mile away. There have been reports of them feeding in the lake.

15. Description (include only what was actually seen, not what "should" have been seen; include if possible: total length/relative size compared to other familiar species, body bulk, shape, proportions, bill, eye, leg, and plumage characteristics. Stress features that separate it from similar species):

Pale pinkish bills, blue eyes, yellow feet, dark brown heads with sharp line of demarcation across the breast becoming white on belly to the undertail. Some brown flecking and spotting in the breast indicating sub adult. Back, rump, tail dark brown. Underwing white near the body becoming mottled brown and dark flight feathers. See photos.

16. Voice:None

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation):

N Gannet and other boobies. Dark heads and white bellies with sharp demarcation distinctive.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?):

Dave Patton, attached

19. Previous experience with this species:

Few in the Caribbean and Dry Tortugas

20. Identification aids: (list books, illustrations, other birders, etc. used in identification):

a. at time of observation:


b. after observation:

21. This description is written from: _____ notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);_____notes made after the observation (date:_____); __X___memory. Photographs

22. Are you positive of your identification if not, explain:


23. Signature of reporter:



24. May the LBRC have permission to display this report or
portions of this report on its webite? Yes

If yes, may we include your name with the report?


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