The Champagne Backpacker: Michael's Round the World Trip 2005-2007-- The Adventure of a Lifetime travel blog

Galapagos Sea Lion Poses

Sea Lion And Jeff

Cricket

Blue Footed Booby

Galapagos Land Iguana

Nesting Site

Blue Footed Booby Nest

Unidentified Bird

Male Great Frigratebird

Unidentified Bird

Frigatebirds Nesting

Watching Wildlife

Volcanic Landscape

Bird In Flight

Curious Sea Lion

On To The Next Island

Posing With A Sea Lion

Swimming With Galapagos Sea Lions

Loads Of Fun With Sea Lions

Jeff Swims With A Sea Lion

Sea Lion Cub

Jeff Amongst The Sea Lions

Close Encounter With A Sea Lion Cub

Land Iguana

Santa Fe's Opuntia Cactus Trees


MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2007. DAY 2--NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND AND SANTA FE ISLAND, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, ECUADOR. After a 7:00 a.m. breakfast, we boarded dingys (called "pangas" in Spanish) for a dry landing on North Seymour Island. At the outcrop of rocks which substituted for a dock, a group of sea lions met us, including a couple of pups. From the dock, we hiked in a counterclockwise loop along a marked trail. Almost immediately along the trail, we encountered blue-footed boobies, Great Frigatebirds, and other birds. The birds are fearless, allowing us to approach within a few feet, and totally ignoring us. We watched as blue-footed boobies did a mating dance while cooing, the males spreading and stretching out their wings to impress the females. Similarly, the male Great Frigatebirds inflated their crimson pouches in a fabulous desplay of their chest--not unlike behavior of the human species. Amongst the nesting birds, we saw a number of Galapagos land iguanas. They looked straight out of the dinosaur era, with their yellow, reptilian skin. Along the shore, innumerable marine iguanas lay atop rocks sunning themselves.

In Santa Fe, we snorkelled within a sheltered bay. The highlight was swimming amongst a group of Galapagos sea lions. They are very playful animals, zipping around us like torpedoes as we snorkeled near them. After briefly returning to the Eden, we took the dinghys to shore where we encountered more Galapagos sea lions lazing about. Morris guided us on a short counterclockwise hike on Santa Fe island for close-up views of its indigenous Opuntia cactus trees, characterized by a tree stump to protect its top from wildlife below. On our panga ride back, we could see sea turtles swimming in the waters below.

Highlights:

Sea lions

Blue Footed Boobies

Great Frigatebird

Numerous birds endemic to Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Land Iguanas

Lava Lizards

Sally Lightfoot Crabs

Santa Fe's Opuntia cactus trees

Sea turtles



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