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Galapagos Bird watching (Land Based)

 

Santa Cruz island has 986 square kilometers (380 sq-mi) and a maximum altitude of 864 meters (2,835 ft).  It has an approximate populations of 18,000 people who live mostly around Puerto Ayora and some in Santa Rosa, which is like a farming community in the highlands.  We can visit the following places depending on which tour you take:  Charles Darwin Research Station, Tortuga Bay, also some higher altitude places like Los Gemelos (sink holes), Media Luna, and the Natural Sanctuary for Giant Tortoises.

Isabela island with 4,640 square kilometers (1,790 sq-mi) is the largest of all which resulted from the fusion of six large volcanoes.  The maximum altitude is 1,707 meters (5,600 ft) at volcano Wolf, which also lies in the equatorial line.  This is considered one of the most volcanically active places in the world with a 12 km massive caldera at volcano Sierra Negra. It has a small population of about 2200 people. We stayed in Puerto Villamil, where we racked up some of the best photographs on our trip and was our favorite of all the islands.  Together we will visit: Sierra Negra volcano, Baltazar inland wetlands, white sandy beaches, Concha perla, Las Tintoreras, and the Giant Toroise Breeding Center.

In San Cristobal (Chatham) we stay at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, which is the capital of the Galapagos Province.  This Island is 558 sq-km (215 sq-mi) and has an approximate population of  10,000 people.  This is the only place where you can see the Chathman Mokingbird and also is the only place where we saw the Swallow-tailed Gull.  We will visit Tijeretas Hill, Beach of Love, The Loberia Beach, El Junco Lake, Playa Puerto Chino.

A visit to Floreana includes a visit to the highlands in search of the Medium Tree Finch which is endemic to this island.  The Floreana Mockingbird can only be seen at an island nearby and would require special arrangements.

Here are some of the wonderful pictures that we managed to take on our first birding land based tour of the Archipelago Galapagos.

 

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY AT SANTA CRUZ

Galapagos National Park

Brown Pelican

Great Blue Heron

Lava Gull

Galapagos Dove

Brown Pelican

Great Blue Heron

Lava Gull

Galapagos Dove

Magnificen Frigatebird

Galapagos Shearwater

Sanderling

Nazca Booby

Magnificent Frigatebird

Galapagos Shearwater

Sanderling

Nazca Booby

Gull

Lava Gull

Gull sp.

Lava Gull

Lava Gull

Galapagos flycatcher

Large Ground-Finch_Geospiza magnirostris

Large Ground-Finch Geospiza magnirostris

Medium Ground-Finch_Geospiza fortis

Medium Ground-Finch Geospiza fortis

Large Ground-Finch Geospiza magnirostris

Large Ground-Finch Geospiza magnirostris

Medium Ground-Finch Geospiza fortis

Medium Ground-Finch Geospiza fortis

Large Tree-finch_Camarhynchus psittacula

Small Tree-finch_Camarhynchus parvulus

Small Tree-finch Camarhynchus parvulus

Common Cactus-Finch _Geospiza scandens

Large Tree-finch Camarhynchus psittacula

Small Tree-finch Camarhynchus parvulus

Small Tree-finch Camarhynchus parvulus

Common Cactus-Finch Geospiza scandens

Vegetarian Finch-Camarhynchus crassirostris

Galapagos Mockingbird

Galapagos Mockingbird

Vegetarian Finch Camarhynchus crassirostris

Galapagos Mockingbird

Galapagos Mockingbird

Galapagos Mockingbird

 

 

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY AT ISABELA

Galapagos Hawk

Black-necked Stilt and yung

Black-necked Stilt yung

American Oystercatcher

Galapagos Hawk

Black-necked Stilt and yung

Black-necked Stilt yung

American Oystercatcher

Blue-footed Boocy

Brown Noddy

Greater Flamingo

Common Gallinule

Blue-footed Booby

Brown Noddy

Greater Flamingo

Common Gallinule

Galapagos Penguin

Wandering Tattler

Semipalmated Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Galapagos Penguin

Wandering Tattler

Semipalmated Plover

Black-bellied Plover

Lava Gull

Lava Heron

Ruddy Turnstone

Sanderling

Lava Gull

Lava Heron

Ruddy Turnstone

Sanderling

White-cheeked Pintail

Whimbrel

Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel

Galapagos Martin

White-cheeked Pintail

Whimbrel

Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel

Galapagos Martin

Vermilion Flycatcher Female

Small Ground-Finch_Geospiza fuliginosa

Small Tree-finch_Camarhynchus parvulus

Galapagos Flycatcher

Small Ground-Finch Geospiza fuliginosa

Small Ground-Finch Geospiza fuliginosa

Small Tree-finch Camarhynchus parvulus

Vegetarian Finch Camarhynchus crassirostris

Cactus-Finch_Geospiza scandens

Warbler Finch_Certidea olivacea

Vegetarian Finch Camarhynchus crassirostris

Common Cactus-Finch
Geospiza scandens

Common Cactus-Finch
Geospiza scandens

Warbler Finch
Certidea olivacea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woodpecker Finch_Cactospiza pallida

Yellow Warbler

Sea Lion

Animal Planet

Woodpecker Finch Cactospiza pallida

Yellow Warbler

Sea Lion

Animal Planet

 

 

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY AT SAN CRISTOBAL

Blue-footed Booby

Blue-footed Booby

Blue-footed Booby

Blue-footed Booby

Blue-footed Booby

Blue-footed Booby

Blue-footed Booby

Blue-footed Booby

Swallow-tailed gull

Lava Gull

Swallow-tailed gull

Gull sp.

Lava Gull

Ruddy Turnstone

Semipalmated Plover

Wandering Tattler

Reb-billed Tropicbird

Ruddy Turnstone

Semipalmated Plover

Wandering Tattler

Reb-billed Tropicbird

Brown Pelican

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

 Great Frigatebird

Brown Pelican

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

 Great Frigatebird

Chatham Mockingbird_Nesomimus Melanotis

Galapagos Flycatcher

Chatham Mockingbird Nesomimus Melanotis

Chatham Mockingbird Nesomimus Melanotis

Galapagos Flycatcher

Large Tree-Finch

Large Ground-Finch Geospiza magnirostris

Large Ground-Finch Geospiza magnirostris

Medium Ground-Finch Geospiza fortis

Large Tree-Finch Geospiza magnirostris

Common Cactus-Finch_Geospiza scandens

Wind Generators

Common Cactus-Finch Geospiza scandens

Yellow Warbler

Sea Lion

Wind Generators

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