SOME EXPLANATIONS OF WHAT WE SAW
What looks like dead trees with white bark are
Incense Trees which are deciduous & dormant but
come alive in the rainy season.
The large mammals are sea lions.
Marine iguanas are black & red. Land iguanas are yellow.
Most of the smaller amphibians are Lava Lizards—
females have the red patch on their chin.
Sally Lightfoot crabs are the larger ones.
Ghost crabs are the smaller ones going down to surf &
have their eyes on stalks above their heads.
The sharks are mostly White-tipped ones.
The turtles are Black (Pacific Green) Turtles.
Tortoises are identified by the shape of their carapace.
Each island has a different shape.
They are sexed by the length & breadth of their tails.
There are 3 different kinds of rays: Spotted Eagle (Leopard) Ray, Mustard (Golden) Ray and Diamond Sting Ray.
There were Sulphur (bright yellow) and Blue butterflies.
The locust is a Large Painted Locust in both photos.
We also saw 1 dolphin and some blow spouts from whales.
Gulls are mostly Swallow-tailed ones.
The bird in straw is a Galapagos Dove.
The brown & white birds are Mockingbirds.
There are various finches ( of the numerous species)
A Dark-billed Cuckoo you will see in a tree.
The beautiful, mostly white bird with the long tail is a
The big black birds are Frigatebirds.
The little yellow ones are Yellow Warblers.
The hawks on Day 10 are juvenile Galapagos Hawks
learning to hover in the on-shore breeze. We counted 18.
The white fuzzy chicks are Blue-footed Boobies.
The dark fuzzy chicks are Waved Albatrosses.
The Nazca Boobies are black & white.
The dancing birds are Elliot’s (White-vented) Storm Petrels.
Other birds were: flamingos, teal, oystercatcher, turnstones, pelicans, egrets, flightless cormorant, Great Blue and Striated herons and sandpipers.