It was an early morning in the Galapagos today. We woke up at 5:30am to see the sun rise and do our last nature walk of the trip.
North Seymour Island is very close to Baltra Island and the airport so we were able to get in this walk before heading to the airport at 9am. Surprisingly, this was one of my favorite nature walks even though it was mostly about the birds. First we were greeted by some sleepy sea lions. How cute is that furry face!!!
Mostly we saw the Magnificent and Great Frigate Birds flying around and looking for some eggs to steal from the Swallow-Tailed Gull. This whole trip my group called them the sea turtle baby killers after we saw two swallowed up whole just after hatching. Read about it here.
But this Swallow Tail Gull did good in defending the next and kept those nasty Frigate birds away.
We were so close and none of the birds cared. I guess they think that if we don’t bother them, they won’t bother us.
Blue footed Booby standing on a giant pile of bird poop rocks.
This is a Magnificent Frigate Bird that let out a mating call while we were standing right there. He spread his wings wide and inflated his big red throat sac. Apparently all the girls like that.
The throat sac is awesome! It is so huge and red and looks like it will pop. But it doesn’t.
I’m not even using the zoom on the camera we are so close!
More sleepy sea lions:
All the Sea Lions were sleeping on North Seymour Island this morning. Except for this guy, he was the only one awake, soaking up the rays.
Sadly, my vacation in the Galapagos has come to an end. It is off to the airport to begin the journey back home. What a fabulous trip! If you ever get a chance to visit this glorious archipelago, do it! The wildlife, below the water and above will bring out your nature-loving spirit.