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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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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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Blue Feet

Famous variety of Booby.

Blue Foot Boobies 13

Unique blue feet.

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Group Hug

 

Marine Iguanas Warming In the Sun

Marine Iguanas Warming In the Sun

Marine Iguanas are cold blooded and depend on the environment to regulate their body temperature. They become very lethargic when temperatures are lower. Grouping together while lying in the sun collects and preserves the heat they need to be able to move quickly.

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Gardner Bay Wildlife

The walk along the beach of Gardner Bay on Española Island provided a great opportunity to make photographs of the animals that inhabit the beach.

The animals are quite unafraid, making it possible to get quite close for photographs. Note the polka-dot running shoes in the photo of the little Española Mockingbird. This is their world, not ours.

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A Visit to Gardner Bay

Gardner Bay on Española Island in the Galapagos has a marvellous beach. Several zodiacs were launched from the mother ship and people experienced a “wet landing” on the beach. After walking the beach and seeing lots of wildlife, those who wished were able to swim and snorkel in the relatively warm water.

Lots of wildlife on the beach and quite unafraid of the people. The word on visitor behaviour is to move slowly and gently and stay 2 metres away from the wildlife. No touching or petting allowed. Sea Lion moms identify their pups by smell. Touching a baby sea lion could mean rejection by the mother and death for the youngster because of the strange scent (sunscreen, bug repellent…) we leave behind on the pup. This is their home you are visiting and one must respect it.

The guides and zodiac drivers protect themselves from the strong equatorial sun (by wearing masks and long sleeves for example) as they work in it day after day.

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