Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Galapagos Islands - January 23 to 26, 2008

I feel so lucky! It’s my second visit to the Galapagos in the last two months. This time we visited the older, more wildlife rich eastern islands of Española, San Cristobal, and Santa Cruz. Check out these photo’s!

A giant land iguana that was sitting in the shade of a prickly pear cactus at the airport terminal. These are fantastic lizards that are about two feet long and stand almost a foot off the ground

The Blue Footed Booby is something that everyone loves to see. Why are their feet blue? “Why not”, was the answer of our local guides

Close up showing the feather details of a Blue Footed Booby on Española Island

The dance of the Blue Footed Booby is a pre-mating ritual. The male and the female lift their feet repeatedly and squawk loudly as the dance commences

Seal and zodiac at Gardner Bay on Española Island - January 25, 2008

A couple of our passengers enjoying the view of the Galapagos Giant Tortoise in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island - January 26, 2008

Giant tortoises in pool

“Love is in the air!”, exclaimed our local guide as we rushed over to catch two giant tortoises mating. (As it turned out we didn’t need to rush). The male has a concave shell on his underside that allows him to mount the female

Our jet on the tarmac at the airport in Baltra, Galapagos

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