a hermit crab peeks out its shell
here is another and much bigger, well fed iguana
the typical dry landscape on Cerro Dragon
actually the dragons are not that big
a Galapagos Pintail Duck
, or Cerro Dragon is located to the north-east of Santa Cruz Island.
Its main attraction are the so-called dragons,
Land Iguanas, that were re-introduced in 1990 after a captive breeding program on nearby Venice Inlet.
Before re-introduction the free
roaming bands of dogs and the goats in the area were eradicated.
The trail leads through three very distinct areas: beach, lagoon
and dry inlands.
We did the Cerro Dragon trail in early June 2009 and had close encounters with the dragons and found them to
be a bit small for a real fierce dragon.
a dry landing, but the rocks are slippery
a pelcan keeps watch
a walk along the beach with the Cerro Dragon in the background
once we turn inland the landscape changes to an intertidal area
a lagoon with brackish water
where a Black-necked Stilt strolls by
we move into the dry zone
a Cactus Finch, guess what's on its menu
After a captive breeding program Land Iguanas were re-introduced in 1990
we make our way back to the shore
watch out, here comes the dragon!