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