Quest Nature Tours

The Galapagos Islands

11 to 18 November 2011

 Colourful Sally Lightfoot Crabs were common. Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz - Indefatigable Island on 11 November 2011


I thank Laurielle Penny of Quest Nature Tours, for inviting me to lead this adventure tour to the Galapagos Islands aboard the Beluga. Juan Tapia, our naturalist guide from Galapagos National Park, was outstanding. Thank you everyone in our Quest group for your camaraderie, enthusiasm and special talents.


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Arrival at Baltra Island in the Galapagos on 11 November 2011


Beluga, our luxury motor yacht and home for the next seven nights.


From Baltra we sailed to Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island for our first landing. 11 November 2011


Coming ashore at Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island on 11 November 2011. Every day we went ashore in pangas.


Juan Tapia was our excellent Galapagos guide who told us new information about what we were seeing.


We walked past Giant Prickly Pear Cactus Opuntia echios var. gigantea, which is the tallest variety on the Galapagos Islands and occurs only on Santa Cruz.


Cacti are an important food source for iguanas, land tortoises and birds.


Galapagos Marine Iguana greeted us on the beach. This is the Santa Cruz subspecies Amblyrhynchus cristatus hassi.


The Humboldt and Cromwell currents are so cool that the Galapagos Marine Iguana must warm up in the sun before and after feeding trips.


We saw our first Darwin's Finches. This is a Medium Ground Finch, told by the size of the bill. 11 November 2011


Small Ground Finch. Note small bill of the smallest finch. 11 November 2011


Endemic Dark-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus melancoryphus at Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island on 11 November 2011.


Galapagos White-cheeked Pintail Anas bahamensis galapagensis breeds only in Galapagos.


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