Galapagos Islands Day 6 – Espanola and Gardner Bay

Day 6 on the Galapagos Islands and you can feel the anticipation in the cold morning air, because we were going to see the Waved Albatrosses today. These medium sized birds are unique to the Espanola Island and can only be seen for part of the year when they come here specifically to get it on with the the albatrosses.

After hiking for about twenty minutes  we came to an open area where we witnessed many Albatrosses doing their courtship dance that definitely won’t win any awards as well as circling and landing as if they were using the space as an airstrip. We later learn that they can’t take off from the ground due to their weight, so they take off by throwing themselves off the nearby cliff top and then using physics to remain airbourne.

On our way back we spot some Galapagos Hawks who are at the top of the predatory food chain. The highlights didn’t end there. We were lucky enough to witness an albatross feeding her young chick, only a few metres from the trail. The mother would empty the contents of her stomach through her beak for the chick to eat which went on for a good five minutes that we observed for.

After lunch we had another leisurely stroll along Gardner Bay. Not much to see really except for two Sea Lions going at it where we observed for about ten minutes and then got bored.

Espanola Island Galapagos

Marine Iguanas lay on top of each other not as a sign of affection but to share the body warmth

Espanola Island Galapagos

Lava Lizard

Espanola Island Galapagos

Mocking bird

Espanola Island Galapagos

Seal Lion Pups

Espanola Island Galapagos

Snake. Not venomous

Espanola Island Galapagos

Waved Albatrosses

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=923EDBklmMQ]

Waved Albatrosses doing their thing

Espanola Island Galapagos

Coming in to land

Espanola Island Galapagos

10/10

Espanola Island Galapagos

When marine iguanas are ready to mate then their colours become a lot more red and green

Espanola Island Galapagos

A blow hole

Espanola Island Galapagos

The Galapagos Hawk

Espanola Island Galapagos

Feeding time

Espanola Island Galapagos

Extreme close up

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaBoBQEYUGQ]

Here’s a video of it

Espanola Island Galapagos

Blue Footed Boobie and her chick

Espanola Island Galapagos

Let’s get it on…. The Devils Crown in the background
Espanola Island Galapagos

A pod of dolphins come to play

fried shrimp

JmmyEatsFriedShrimp

 

Follow me on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ or Instagram or subscribe here for more regular updates.


Comments

Galapagos Islands Day 6 – Espanola and Gardner Bay — 2 Comments

  1. Pingback: My favourite photos of 2013 - Jimmy Eats World

  2. Pingback: My Travel Photography Gear - Jimmy Eats World

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge