Monthly Archives: November 2014

Flamingos

Flamingos frequent a brackish pond at Cormorant Point on Floreana Island.

Flamingos

Only a few were present the day we visited.

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Uncertainty

We came across a stationary sea turtle on the edge of the surf.

Resting or Dead

The waves washed up and back over the animal and it wasn’t moving. An inspection by our guide was indecisive.

Dead or Not

Consultation and discussion resulted in more uncertainty.

Discussion

Finally the turtle made for the water. “Enough of this!”, it seemed to be saying.

Turtle Take Off

“Just tired and resting.”, was the conclusion of the experts.

Happy ending.

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Metamorphosis

Remarkable that these two are related.

Albatross Chick 4

Albatross Soaring

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Camouflage

As a newly hatched bird, going from egg to full grown magnificence requires good camouflage. Albatross chicks look pretty scruffy and dirty but they fit into their environment extremely well. Spotting the two chicks in this photo took me some time.

Albatross Chicks

This chick fits right into the environment and becomes almost invisible.

Albatross Chick 2

Looks like a rock with a beak.

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Inland

Yesterday’s post looked out to sea.

Looking inland gives a different feeling.

Española Moonscape Española Surface

The term “Moonscape” comes to mind. Except for the vegetation.

There is no fresh water supply on the island. This is a desert.

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Shoreline

Española Island is the oldest volcanic island of the Galapagos group.

Coastline

The cliffs provide seabird habitat as the island slowly wears away from the incessant pounding of the waves.

Blowhole

This blowhole was quite spectacular on a relatively calm day.

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Mothering

Yesterday’s Blue Footed Booby turned out to be a mother. When she landed in the middle of our trail, her chick came waddling out of the scrub and we watched for some time as the chick coaxed her to feed it.

After a great deal of begging, the chick stayed hungry. Mom was not cooperating.

 

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