do not mess with the boss
one happy family, please mind your step
the Espanola Mockingbird, one of the very few species Darwin missed
this is a Nazca Booby
the trail passes right along a nesting pair. They seem to be used to visitors
Espanola
Espanola is the most southern and oldest island of the Galapagos.
This flat and dry island is famous for its colonies ofWaved Albatrosses.
Almost the total world population of this species comes to breed here.
 
We landed at Suarez Point and followed the trail land inwards. Here we met the albatrosses. These magnificent birds were so busy with finding a breeding partner that they completely ignored us, even at less than one meter distance.
 
Other fauna we encountered were red Marine Iguanas, sea lions,Blue-footed Boobies, Nasca BoobiesGalapagos Doves and the Espanola Mockingbird.
We also spotted Espanola Lava Lizards
 
This was definitely one of the most memorable excursions.
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we make landfall at Punta Suarez
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Red Marine Iguanas are dozing on the rocks
a pair of Galapagos Doves
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a female Espanola Lava Lizard checks us out
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we follow the tail landinwards
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a pair of Waved Albatrosses, they are mated for life
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these are bachelors, waiting for the good times
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the albatrosses use the cliffs as launchpath
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courtship rituals
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while the skipper takes a rest, a sea lion jumps ashore
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a Blue-footed Booby stands watch
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