There are plenty of places to see Vermilion Flycatchers and they’re probably not the first bird to come to mind when one visits the Galapagos, but did that stop me from taking way too many pictures of this one? Of course not!
My desire to escape is likely a shared sentiment, so I invite you to Day 4 of the Galapagos adventure. We spent the day at Isabela Island. In the morning we were at Volcan Sierra Negra and in the afternoon, at Punta Moreno.
Some birds we had seen before, others not.
Nice look at a lone Whimbrel.
The cutie pie below is a Warbler Finch.
Small Ground Finches…
The best opportunity for a picture of Lava Gulls was here.
Green Warbler Finch…
We got our first looks at Galapagos Giant Tortoises, for which the islands are named. Galapagos was a Spanish word for “saddle” which describes the shape of the tortoise shells.
At Sierra Negra the subspecies is guntheri.
Below is a video of an interaction between two of these magnificent creatures, which might give you more of an idea.
We were also fortunate to get good looks at the Galapagos Hawk.
At Villamil, Punta Moreno, there was a nice colony of Greater Flamingos.
The dinner sculpture and the next day’s plans…
Three more days’ worth of photos to go. I’m off to a choir rehearsal this evening which should help distract me long enough from the incomprehensible reality to feel empowered by making a little noise.