Galapagos Islands June 18 2016

June 23, 2016 at 1:59 AM

Genovesa Island  - Blog Entry June 18th, 2016

Overnight we crossed the equator arriving at the northern island of Genovesa. The great thing about this island is this is the only location in all of the Galapagos you will find the Red Footed Booby. If there ever was an island of birds this is it, and tens of thousands of them. We went on shore at 6:45 a.m. just in time to catch the frenzy of birds feeding and gathering material for nests. Wow is the best way to describe the experience. Later in the afternoon we took the zodiacs over to the Prince Philips steps which took us to the top of the cliffs. Nesting boobies, and the short eared owls. Another great afternoon of photography. Enjoy the photos from todays adventure.

Map showing our overnight sailing.

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Here he is, the Red Footed Booby greeting us as the morning sun warms his feathers.

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Galapagos Gull fishing.

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Romance is in the air.

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Another Red Footed Booby, you are goin gto see more.

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A Frigate bird flying overhead in full plumage, they do this to attract the ladies.

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A Red Footed Booby coming in to her next.

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A baby only a week old.

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Nazca sitting on two eggs, they choose one chick to survive after hatching.

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A Red Footed in fishing mode.

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This Red Footed Booby is busy gathering twigs for his or her nest. The Frigate bird who is a scavenger will fly up to them and take the pieces right out of their beaks.

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They are beautiful in flight.

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Don’t mind me just flying through, Andrew,Glenda, Melanie, Brian and Charlene in the background.

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Renny and Laura take some time to enjoy the scenery.

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Another Booby in flight.

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Bryan and Andrew walking along the beach trail, notice the amount of birds in flight.

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More nesting.

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Renny photographing a posing Red Footed Boobie.

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A Nazca Booby coming in for landing.

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A Green Heron.

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More Galapagos Gulls.

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A very tired Sea Lion, Steve approaching to take a few shots.

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Neal taking a shot, great to travel with you and Nikky, and Happy Anniversary.

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Konrad getting read for a few shots.

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Dave, Bob, Andrew and Steve and a Nazca couple in the foreground.

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A Marine Iguana surfacing after searching for seaweed.

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Time to warm up on a rock.

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Some of the group deep water snorkeling.

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Brian .... enjoying the water.

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Melanie, can’t miss those flippers.

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Nikky says hello.

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Neal and Nikky walking along the trail.

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Beautiful landscapes.

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Tropical bird flying past, they have the most unique white tails.

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A new born.

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This little guy greeted us along the trail this afternoon.

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Wow the kids are getting to be bigger the parents.

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A short eared owl in flight.

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A close-up of a short eared waiting for his lunch.

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Another close-up.

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They hunt small birds, but only eat the eyes and cheeks. 

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Dave, Brian and Laura in the background as we look for the short eared owl.

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A male and female Frigate birds as they nest.

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Photographing anther owl.

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This Frigate Bird is looking for a mate, talk about wearing your heart on your sleeve!

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Another baby Nazca.

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A mature Nazca in flight.

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As we descend back down the Prince Phillip steps our ship comes across the bay to pick us up. Next stop Bartolome.

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That’s it for today’s images, tomorrow we will climb the steps along the volcano to catch the sunrise. Good night from the Galapagos.



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Posted by Andrew Campbell on
An amazing day!
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