The days here in Galapagos just keep getting better. Today, aside from fantastic views, we got to see some of the birds that the Galapagos Islands are famous for.
First, we saw a rare hawk circling for prey. From a distance we saw him swoop down and catch something in his talons for lunch. Later, we found him resting and caught this photo.
We also hike near a nesting area for albatross. We saw some of the eggs still on the ground that had been left for some reason or another. These birds are huge, the photos don’t show the scale.
Finally, we saw what Bode had been waiting for; the blue-footed booby. There are 4 types of boobies, Galapagos has 3, and we got to see two of them today. The masked booby and the famous blue-footed variety.
We were told that the blue-footed booby dives deep into the water to fish. Seeing the splash, the fish scatter. But they have reformed in their school by the time the booby has turned to go up to surface and they are able to snatch the fish on their way up.
This is baby booby time of year and the parents are splitting up the egg sitting duty. We got to witness a couple changing shifts. There are also lots of fuzzy babies about. No blue feet, but they look like they are made with feather boas. We also got to see a mother feeding a baby.
That is what’s so special about this place. The animals seem to look at you as a curiosity, but aren’t frightened by you. They just go about there business.
Bode is having a grand time being able to look at these animals so close up. He’s even interested when we find the skeletal remains of some of them. This trip is bound to cover all the kindergarten science he should be learning this year.
As every day here, there are still hundreds of lizards, iguanas and sea lions to entertain us. If you get sick of sea lion photos, imagine how many we went through to edit it down to these few. Cute as they are, these guys are more amazing in person.