The harbour at Puerto Ayora.
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More Galapagos Tortoise photos.
These photos were made at Rancho El Manzanillo on Santa Cruz Island. This is a “farm/preserve” where these lovely animals are free to roam the property and visitors can see them up close. I worked hard resisting the urge to say, “E.T. Call Home!” No touching, riding or sudden moves are the basic rules. This is their home.
Just plain impressive.
The sheer size and gentle nature of these animals makes our historical treatment of them a very sad tale of human activity and greed.
We came across a stationary sea turtle on the edge of the surf.
The waves washed up and back over the animal and it wasn’t moving. An inspection by our guide was indecisive.
Consultation and discussion resulted in more uncertainty.
Finally the turtle made for the water. “Enough of this!”, it seemed to be saying.
“Just tired and resting.”, was the conclusion of the experts.
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.
This chick fits right into the environment and becomes almost invisible.
Looks like a rock with a beak.
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.