Galapagos Islands, Part 9

April 15, 2019  •  12 Comments

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Genovesa Island, Day 7

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In the afternoon, we headed ashore to Darwin Bay.  

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A pair of Swallow tailed gulls.

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A Swallow tailed gull nesting.

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We saw more male great frigate birds trying to get attention of females by making loud calls and flapping their wings.  

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Here is a male great frigate bird  blowing up a huge red balloon-like pouch from his chest.

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Several red-footed boobies were spotted.

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This bird is a yellow-crowned night heron.

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This is a  female juvenile  magnificent frigatebird.  Immature birds have a white head and underparts.  

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As we were walking through the water we saw some stingrays.  Stingrays are common residents of shallow beach areas and deeper sandy bottoms throughout the Galapagos.  Animals from this group have a brain weight relative to body size that comes close to that of mammals and is about ten times that of bony fish so they are quite intelligent.  

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Boarding the zodiacs to head back to the ship.  This is what is called a wet landing, as you need to walk in the water to board the zodiac.

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Crossing the equator.  Some of us went up to the bridge on the last night  to watch us cross the equator.

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The last morning I was up to watch the sunrise.  We were all sorry to end this wonderful adventure in the Galapagos.  I would highly recommend Lindblad Expeditions.  


Comments

Carol Omaggio(non-registered)
Once again some great pictures and narratives. Thanks for taking me along on your journey
Lynn Muller(non-registered)
You got some beautiful photos, Marsha. I laughed when I saw the male frigit doing his mating rituals for the female. The red is hardly visible, it seems, when he doesn't use it. You capture them well in their natural habitat.
Tricia Matheson(non-registered)
Marsha, were those seals lolling on the beach as your group was getting into the Zodiac? Looks like you arrived in the Galapagos during the season of love! Appropriate for spring viewing. Very much enjoyed these great photos, especially of the birds.
Gwendolyn Rattle(non-registered)
I loved the frigate birds! All winged life in these photos were brilliant in different ways.
Thanks for sharing your adventures with your friends.
Jane Jamison(non-registered)
I loved all the birds, but the sting ray was my favourite of this batch. Sort of abstract.
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