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):


1 adult female


3. Locality: Parish:  St. Tammany

   Specific Locality: Lake Pontchartrain at mouth of Tchefuncte River south of Madisonville.

4. Date(s) when observed: 27 December 2013 and 1 January 2014.

5. Time(s) of day when observed: observed from 4 – 5 pm on 27 December 2013 and 8 am on 1 January 2014.

6. Reporting observer and address: Christopher G. Brantley, 162 Elm Street, Mandeville, LA 70448; cell number 985-237-5399

7. Other observers accompanying reporter who also identified the bird(s): Heydi Lopes, Pam Morgan, Rosemary Seidler, Vicki Lefevers and Casey Wright on 27 December 2013.  Mary Mehaffey, Ed Wallace and Tommy Harold on 1 January 2014.

8. Other observers who independently identified the bird(s): Many observers after initial observation.

9. Light conditions (position of bird in relation to shade and to direction and amount of light): Overcast, but bird was stationary on channel marker.

10. Optical equipment (type, power, condition): B&L Elite 10x42 in good condition and Bushnell Spacemaster scope.

11. Distance to bird(s): 1000-1500 feet from shore, on boat approach on 27 December 2013 less than 50 feet.

12. Duration of observation: one hour during the initial observation, 10-15 minutes on 1 January.

13. Habitat: Open water along northern shoreline of Lake Pontchartrain.

14. Behavior of bird / circumstances of observation (flying, feeding, resting; include and stress habits used in identification; relate events surrounding observation): Heydi Lopes initially found bird sitting on Tchefuncte River channel marker #2 in Lake Pontchartrain during St. Tammany Parish CBC.  Due to the distance from shore and bird facing towards the observers, it was difficult to identify.  Movement by the bird towards the side to reveal bill length and shape, back and tail, and then later boat transportation by Mr. Linden O’Quinn to close approach allowed easier identification.

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): Bird had dark brown head, neck, breast, wings, back and tail.  Chest and belly were white, feet and legs yellow, and bird had long, yellowish bill.  Facial skin appeared to be yellow or same color as bill.

16. Voice: None noted.

17. Similar species (include how they were eliminated by your observation): Clean demarcation of brown/white on breast/chest and yellow feet/legs separate it from other booby species.

18. Photographs or tape recordings obtained? (by whom? attached?): Digiscoped photos by Chris Brantley sent with this report.  Heydi Lopes took photos from shore and during boat approach.

19. Previous experience with this species: None.

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

a. at time of observation: Sibley.

b. after observation: None

21. This description is written from: _____ notes made during the observation (_____notes attached?);__X___notes made after the observation (date: 27 December 2013 and 1 January 2014); _____memory.

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

23. Date: 9 March 2014 Time: 3:30 pm

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

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