Galapagos Islands June 20 2016

July 03, 2016 at 7:46 PM

Rábida Island and Dragon Hill - Blog Entry June 20th, 2016

This morning we anchored off the beach of Rábida Island and took the zodiacs in for an early morning photo shoot. Rábida Island in know for the red sandy coastline. We took the trail into the higher inland then back out for a look over the coast, many small birds and interesting shaped cactus. Later this morning we had opportunity for more deep water snorkeling, and a coastal shoot via the zodiacs. During our lunch the ship sailed to Dragon Island where we hiked into the highlands to photograph the large land iguanas. Enjoy todays photos.

Purple line on the map showing our sailing from Santiago to Rábida then on to Santa Cruz.

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The coastline of Rábida.

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This little guy greeted us as we landed on the island.

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Looking back down to an inland lagoon. Sometimes flamingos can be seen here.

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Cactus catching the morning light.

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The red colour of the soil made for interesting photographs.

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More oystercatchers along the shoreline.

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Pelican on the beach.

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In flight.

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This is a white tipped shark swimming close to the shoreline.

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Marine iguana warming himself in the morning sun.

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The coast line is very interesting, cactus taking root in the volcanic rock.

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Heron along the shoreline.

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Two more marine iguanas.

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Laura exploring.

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Bob pops up for air.

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Melanie checking out the marine life.

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Time to head back to our ship.

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Sardines were jumping to catch the bugs along the surface which attracts the fisherman. The next three images shows the sequence of catching the fish.

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Got it!

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And off to enjoy breakfast.

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Heading in to explore Dragon island.

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Greeted by another marine iguana.

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Iguana up-close

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Steve

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We hiked along the edge of the lagoon.

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Marine iguana feeding.

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A very interesting lagoon, combination of trees and cactus.

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No lack of photographs.

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Brian photographing one of first land iguanas we came across.

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This land iguana was rest right by the trail.

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Many small finches along the trail.

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Mocking bird.

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Another couple of shots of the land iguana.

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Another, these creatures were deep inland.

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Along the lagoon as we headed back to the shore.

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This lone flamingo showed late in the afternoon.

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Here’s a couple more shots of the flamingo as we headed back to our ship.

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Great reflections.

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That’s it for todays blog, tonight we set sail for the other side of Santa Cruz where we will travel into the highlands to see the giant tortoise. Good night.



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Posted by Ron on
What a great place
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