Life has been getting in the way a bit more lately: my apologies for the delayed post. Every time I go back to these photographs I think it will be easy, that I must have been done with them, and then I find out that is not the case. Then I was looking forward to a weekend without much planned thinking I was going to do a lot of work at the computer and it just didn’t happen.
I think WordPress takes matters into its own hands when I haven’t posted for a while and generates some kind of phenomenal amount of hits, then sends me a message our of the blue saying my blog is really popular. This has happened to me twice lately. I get the hint. Okay, back to work.
These photographs were all taken on Monday, July 11, 2016 as we visited what is called Prince Phillip’s Steps in the morning, on Genovese Island, and Darwin Bay on the other side in the afternoon. Galapagos Dove and Nazca Boobies above.
This was the only island where we could see Red-Footed Boobies.
Some Nazca Boobies had youngsters. There seemed to be a problem trying to feed too large a fish to the fledgling.
This Swallow-Tailed Gull below seemed to be having the same problem. I suspect there may be an upset in the availability of smaller prey. But at least they weren’t trying to feed plastic.
The Swallow-Tailed Gulls are quite striking. You will likely see them again in future posts. We even got treated to a pair that was copulating.
It was a real treat to spend time with the Short-Eared (Galapagos) Owl below. Leave it to a Galapagos Mockingbird to bother him. As always, feel free to click on the pictures to get a larger view.
I think I spent the entire trip trying to get a decent photograph of a Red-Billed Tropicbird. There is likely a better flight shot down the line in a future post. In any event we got to see a lot of them on Genovese and even discovered one nesting (below).
Magnificent Frigatebirds also call this island home.
And we got to see what to my uneducated eye is the difference between the Magnificent and the Great Frigatebird: a blue-green sheen to the plumage of the latter.
And of course we had Darwin’s Finches! Four different species on this island. The first, below, is the Large Ground Finch.
Then, the Large Cactus Finch.
And we also had the Sharp-Beaked Ground Finch.
Also, below, the Gray Warbler-Finch.
Not to be confused with the Yellow Warbler.
We also saw a Yellow-Crowned Night Heron trying to sleep.
And I think this was the only time we got to see a Galapagos Fur Seal.
Not to be confused with the ever-present Galapagos Sea Lion.
More Sally Lightfoot Crabs…
Back at the catamaran, we were treated to another fruit sculpture and received our marching orders for the next day.
I’ll try to be a better blogger and come back sooner. If nothing else, just to escape the landslide into November 8th.