(some) Birds of the Galapagos

We didn’t see all of them, which is fine because we aren’t really bird people… but it would have been cool to see the flightless cormorant.  I guess that will be next time.  In addition to these, we saw penguins, boobies, lots and lots of finches, and quite a few pelicans.

The Red-billed tropicbird in flight.

The Red-billed tropicbird with a young chick.

The Frigatebirds can be seen gliding above the coastline just about everywhere here. In Spanish they are called tijeretas, or scissor-tailed for the way their tail feathers open and close.

The Swallow-tailed Gull. These guys are nocturnal and hunt bioluminescent squid in the evenings – the reason for their huge eyes.

The Galapagos Heron, or Lava Heron.  This guy is endemic to the Galapagos Islands.


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