Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Photos Of Galapagos Islands: Birds

Galapagos Lava Gull

Galapagos Pelican

American Oystercatcher

Noddy, a type of tern.

Flightless Cormorants on the nest.
We practically had to step over them as we
got off the boat.
Flightless Cormorant. Only in the Galapagos.

Flightless Cormorant checking its shadow.

Lava Heron hunting for crabs among
Marine Iguana tails.

A curious Lava Heron.

Great Blue Heron.

Galapagos Penguin. Strange to see a penguin
sitting under a cactus!

Galapagos penguins relaxing on the lava rocks.

Storm Petrels. They practically walk on
the water while eating insects.

Blue Footed Booby in mating dance.

Blue Footed Booby

Magnificent Frigatebird

Magnificent Frigatebird. They loved to follow
the boat and were very entertaining.

Immature flamingo. No pink yet.

Flamingo, of course.

Galapagos Mockingbird.

Galapagos Flycatcher.

Medium Ground Finch. The 13 species of finches
found in the Galapagos supposedly inspired Darwin's
theories on evolution.
Cactus finch. Males do most of the feeding.

Cactus finch.

Photos Of Galapagos Islands: Animals

Sea turtle hatchling.

Sea Turtle on the way to the sea. Sadly its journey ended
in the beak of a frigate bird.
Galpagos Lava Lizard.

Sea Lion pup enjoying a quick meal.

Sea Lion pup, waiting for mom to come back with some milk.

Sandy Sea Lion. They took little notice of us.

This poor little pup was very hungry.

Evolution is apparently still happening in the Galapagos,
sometimes with strange results.

Land Iguana. Luckily for us they are vegetarians.

Land Iguana. More handsome than his marine cousin.

Marine Iguanas. They love to congregate in
large groups and spit out excess salt water.

Marine Iguana. Not handsome creatures.

We saw many sea turtles, both from the boat
and while snorkeling.

We were fortunate to see this and 4 other tortises
during a walk on Isabela Island.
They do a lot of eating.
An oldster giving me the eye.

Breakfast time at the tortise center.

Which came first, totise or egg?

A couple doing their part to maintain the species.

A shy tortise.

This little tortise is about 1 year old.

"Lonesome George" When he dies, his species dies.

Can I Bring it home?

Hanging out with a local.

Zane checks out a baby tortise.

Photos Of Galapagos Islands

Although very hot, it was the wet season
and there was plenty of vegetation and flowers.

Prickly Pear cactus flower.

Lava cactus, typically the first
plant to arrive on fresh lava flows.

Fish Market, Puerto Ayoro.

We had some great sun rises and sets, this one on
Isabela Island.

The crater of Cerro Negro is the 2nd largest in the world,
after Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania.
No herds of animals here, just lava.

It was Sea Turtle nesting season, and we saw
many tracks on the beach. There had been
about 12 turtles here the previous night.
Rugged face of Big Daphne Island.

Volcanic activity in evidence on Isabela Island.

We saw some very nice beaches, this one on
Mosquera Island.
Our home for the week, the Angelito.