on the beach
time is up, we have to go back
A bit inland a Flamingo fourages in a brackish pond
is located on the north side of Santa Cruz Island.
Actually there are two beaches, one with the remains of WWII barges
of the US Army.
It is an excellent place to snorkel, swim or just stroll along the shore to capture pictures of the local wildlife.
Catchers, Lava Herons and the occasional Whimbrel are all busy patrolling the floodline for a snack and Sally Lightfoot crabs
are infesting the lava rocks.
There is also a lagoon where you may spot flamingos.
In the breeding season
Galapagos Green Turtles lay their eggs here in the sand dunes.
In June 2009 we spend a couple of fine hours at
Playa Las Bachas
having delevered us safely on the beach the skipper can take it easy
the remains of a US Army barge from WWII gave the beach its name
a Whimbrel patrols the floodline
charge of the Sally Lightfoots
a Lava Heron on the lookout. These guys seem always hungry
the Marine Iguana sis not disturbed by the baders
close-up of the Iguana
a pelican glides by
an Oysterseeker checks the beach for mollusk, no oysters here