Birds from our last day on the Galapagos Islands

16 07 2012

Our last morning in the Galapagos had us cruise around the islands of Daphne Major and Dapne Minor. One last chance to see a few more of the beautiful species in the Galapagos.

1) Next the tortoise, one of the iconic symbols of the Galapagos

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Blue-Footed Booby on the wing

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) Brown Noddy – finally not hiding under a cliff!

Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) Red-billed Tropicbird

Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) Brown Noddies in the surf.

Brown Noddies fishing. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6) The island of Dapne Minor

The sheer cliffs of Daphne minor by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7) And a big mechanical bird with Daphne Major (left) and Daphne Minor (right) in the background.

Lining up to Leave by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The day’s photos can be seen here:

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/7578664538/

Our cruise through the Galapagos was 8D7N and took us to many interesting places. For sheer volume of birds, Genovesa was amazing with the breeding red-footed boobies and nazca boobies as well as Frigatebird colony and swallow-tail gulls.

I understand that some of the southern islands, if you time it right, you get to see the waved albatross, but we had to make SOME compromises. An amazing insight into this little group of volcanic islands that grew up away from the rest of us.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed the various photos I posted over the past month of the incredible birds on these islands.





Birds of Santiago and Rabida Islands

11 07 2012

Our last full day of time in the Galapagos was spent touring Santiago and Rabida Islands. Notable for the very bright red sand on one and dark black sand on the other, it was a day of contrasts.

1. Yellow-Crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Frigatebird with fish

Battle Royale! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Dogfight!

Battle Royale! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Seeing double?

Seeing double? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Blue-Footed Booby inflight

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) inflight by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Going in!

Going in! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8. Galapagos Dove

Galápagos Dove (Zenaida galapagoensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

As usual, there are a lot of other pictures too.. many of seals and sealions. The full set of the day is:

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/7548072656/





Birds of Isla Fernandina and Isla Isabela

3 07 2012

Day 5 of our time on the Galapagos brought us to Isla Fernandina and the west coast of Isabela. The snorkeling was amazing (turtles, turtles, turtles!!) and it was our only chance to see a Galapagos Hawk.

Here are the birds of the day:

1. Galapagos Hawk:

Galapagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. The omnipresent Brown Pelican:

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Wandering Tattler

Wandering Tattler (Tringa Incana) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Flightless Cormorant (explaining to an Iguana why he can’g fly?)

Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Young Galapagos Penguin Molting

Young Galapagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) molting. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Brown Noddy and chick

Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) with chick by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Blue-footed Booby on the cliffs.

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole day’s set can be seen at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…7630377805080/

Oh, and the turtle video from snorkeling is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJqNVtFCJ6Y





Ecuador – 2012-04-03 – Fernandina and Isabela

1 07 2012
Pacific green sea turtle.Sunrise over IsabelaSunrise over IsabelaMorning TurtleIsla FernandinaGalapagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis)
Galapagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis)Like something out of a bad horror movieA touch of colourGetting a premium seatMarine IguanaWatch your step!
Two pretty touristsDeath on the islandSun-bleached whale bonesHermit CrabGalápagos Lava Lizard (Microlophus albemarlensis)Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)
Ray!Hey - come on in!PosersLava CactusMuk Muk and Boxer Duck hang with the iguanasHow do you keep your top clean?

Lots of Marine Iguanas! Tonnes of them! Also some Blue-Footed Boobies and other cool stuff.





Ecuador – 2012-03-31 – Santiago and Bartolome

12 06 2012
Watch your StepSunrise on BartolomeStriated Heron (Butorides striata)Animal Hunting in the GalapagosGalapagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus)Galapagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus)
Galapagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus)Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)Galapagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus)Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii)Striated Heron (Butorides striata)Crab
You never know what's down the hole!You never know what's down the hole!Resting on the LavaResting on the LavaLava on Isla SantiagoLava on Isla Santiago
Lava on Isla SantiagoLocustLava on Isla SantiagoLava on Isla SantiagoContrastsLava Ovens

Another day of our 3 week vacation in Ecuador! Santiago had amazing lava formations. Bartolome a cool beach and that Pinnacle rock was neat!








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