Galapagos Day 4 - Espanola - Hood

Waved Albatrosses breed on Espanola in the Galapagos Islands. Punta Suarez on 14 November 2011.


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Espanola is the most southerly island in the archipelago. In the morning we visited Gardner Bay, and Punta Suarez in the afternoon.


Kathryn, an archaeologist, examined bones on the beach and could determine the age of the deceased sea lion. Gardner Bay, Espanola.


Hood Mockingbirds are endemic to Espanola. They have an interesting territorial social structure, gathering in groups to face-off and display. Slightly larger than other Galapagos mockingbirds, their bill is pointed and more curved. Gardner Bay, Espanola on 14 November 2011.


Hood Mockingbirds are very curious and have no fear of humans. This one examined George's camera. They tried to get water and food from us. Gardner Bay, Espanola on 14 November 2011.


Endemic Espanola Lava Lizard Microlophus delanonis at Gardner Bay, Espanola.


The endemic Espanola subspecies of Marine Iguana Amblyrhynchus cristatus venustissimus is the most brightly coloured of all Galapagos marine iguanas. Punta Suarez on Espanola.


Waved Albatrosses, Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds breed on the cliffs at Punta Suarez.


Many breeding Nazca Boobies are in the colony at Punta Suarez.


Our group passed Nazca Boobies close to the rocky trail. Punta Suarez, Espanola.


Adult Blue-footed Booby feeding young at Punta Suarez.

The young booby thrust its bill into the parent's throat.


Endemic adult Galapagos Hawk at Punta Suarez on Espanola. Adults are all dark. This hawk is widespread in low numbers on all islands except Genovesa.


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