Creatures of Isla Fernandina and Isla Isabela–Galapagos

4 07 2012

Day 16 of our trip to Ecuador had us checking out Isla Fernandina and Isla Isabela… Some interesting creatures along the way:

1. The Zombie Horde

Like something out of a bad horror movie by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Getting a premium seat

Getting a premium seat by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Watch your step!

Watch your step! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Not a car insurance salesman…

Galápagos Lava Lizard (Microlophus albemarlensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Not something I’m used to seeing swim by shore.

Ray! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Mrs Dragonspeed and a Playful sealion

Posers by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7.
How do you keep your top clean? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

One last one (not taken with the Canon – Fuji XP underwater camera)

Pacific green sea turtle. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

More cool critters and birds available in the whole set from the day at:
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/7482728532/

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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 – 2012-04-02 – Isabela

24 06 2012
Magnificent Frigatebird in silouhetteStreets of Puerto VillamilOn the "Bus"A little baby TortoiseA little baby TortoiseTortoises of the Galapagos Tortoise Breeding Center
Tortoises of the Galapagos Tortoise Breeding CenterTortoises of the Galapagos Tortoise Breeding CenterTortoises of the Galapagos Tortoise Breeding CenterTortoises of the Galapagos Tortoise Breeding CenterTortoises of the Galapagos Tortoise Breeding CenterTortoises of the Galapagos Tortoise Breeding Center
Tortoises of the Galapagos Tortoise Breeding CenterGreater Flamingos of Isla IsabelaGreater Flamingos of Isla IsabelaGreater Flamingos of Isla IsabelaSlow - Tortoise crossingJim on the "bus"
Walking back from the Wall of Tears - it was HOT!Lava Lizard on the Wall of TearsThe wall of tearsFlowering CactusThe wall of tearsWhimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

We visited Isla Isabela and Las Tintoreras on this day. It was another cool day of discovery on the Galapagos!





Sealions and Iguanas on Sombrero Chino, Galapagos

17 06 2012

Day 11 of our Ecuador Vacation found us on Sombrero Chino… Some pretty casual sealions and a few Iguanas!

1. Just waking up?

Sealions by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Someone turn off that light – I have a hangover!

Sealions by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Hey! Wazzup?

Marine Iguana by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. I have to wake up? Uh… No.

Sealions by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Yess?

Sealions by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Welcome to the island… I’m watching you.

Checking out the morning tourists by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Lava Lizard

Lava Lizard by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole set (including Birds and other landscapes) for the day can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…th/7388785830/

Enjoy!





Isla Genovesa – Seal and Sealions

7 06 2012

A couple of shots from Isla Genovesa in the Galapagos

1. Baby Sealion pup

Sealion Pup on Genovesa by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Shuffled up to the Milk Bar

Warm milk, on the beach… what a life by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. The Hard life…

Galápagos fur seal (Arctocephalus galapagoensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Family portrait and a visitor (Mrs Dragonspeed) – OK, this one was taken with a Fuji XP after getting out of the water 🙂

Sealion Family and a Tourist! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The Islands were amazing!!! The full set from that day on Genovesa can be seen at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…7630014141555/

I hope you enjoy the virtual visit!





Snorkeling with Sealions

4 06 2012

Finally got around to editing a bit more of the video from the Galapagos trip. Here’s one of our snorkeling encounters with sealions in various bays.  Our travelling companion, Hidi, even makes a brief appearance 🙂

 

They are SOOO cool when they turn and twist underwater.  This movie was put together with iMovie – a bit of a learning curve, and somewhat limited, but easy enough…








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