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Punta Vicente Roca

Punta Vicente Roca: Marine Iguanas, Flightless Cormorants, and More!

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13th to 20th January 2017

Our visit to Isabela Island begins early in the morning. We are aboard Yacht la Pinta. Traveling from Seymour Island to Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island), took us almost 10 hours of navigation. This visitor site is known for hosting colonies of Galapagos fur seals, the nesting sites of Nazca boobies, not to mention flightless cormorants, penguins, and marine iguanas.

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Galapagos giant tortoises released

Hundreds of Giant Tortoises Released Back into the Wild

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The 334 giant tortoises released in Galapagos last month had been raised in Ministry of the Environment-sponsored breeding centers on Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands. Many Galapagos giant tortoise populations are endangered as a result of human exploitation and changes to the reptiles’ natural habitats. Conservationist efforts to the recover the endangered species include raising tortoises in breeding centers with the eventual goal of releasing them into the wild. The project reached a goal last month when adult tortoises were released from the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center on Santa Cruz Island and the Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center on Isabela Island.
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galapagos birds

9 Birds of the Galapagos That You Shouldn’t Miss

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The Galapagos Islands have a surprising number of bird species. There are 56 native species of birds of the Galapagos that live on the islands full time; 45 of these are endemic to the archipelago, which means they can’t be found anywhere else, and the other 11 are indigenous, which means they do live in other places besides the Galapagos. The islands are also home to 29 species of migrant birds; these are both native and migratory. The various birds are categorized as land, shore, or sea birds.

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Best Bird Sightings in the Galapagos

Tips for the Best Bird Sightings in the Galapagos

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The Galapagos Islands straddle the equator approximately 600 miles west from the coast of Ecuador. Twenty islands islands, over 50 islets and some 250 rocks comprise this remote archipelago. What makes the Galapagos unique is the unbelievable biodiversity found in the islands. A delicate ecosystem comprised of plants and animals makes the best bird sightings in the Galapagos. Thousands of miles of open ocean provide as many as 1,000,000 seabirds with a place of their own. Read More

Diversity of Galapagos birds

Capturing the Diversity of Galapagos Birds

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For centuries upon centuries, the Galapagos Islands were left to the sole forces of nature: fed by the multiple marine currents that sweep past their shores, contorted by the ENSO climatic fluctuations and warmed by the strong rays of the equatorial sun. With little competition and predation on these isolated islands, plants and animals were able to evolve as they pleased based on the reality of the archipelago, resulting in particularly unique evolutionary traits. From the goofy blue-footed boobies to the tiny Galapagos penguin and renowned Darwin finch, these adaptations are beautifully represented in the many species of Galapagos birds. Furthermore, their highly ritualized mating dances, spectacular diving skills and adorable, fluffy chicks provide a wide range of unforgettable photo opportunities.

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Galapagos Blue-footed boobies

An Introduction to the Galapagos Blue-Footed Boobies

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Blue-footed boobies are large sea birds (with a five-foot wingspan and measuring 70-90 cm in length) that are most recognizable by their stunning sky-blue feet. They can be observed breeding along the coast of Southern California and down the western coast of America to Peru, but are most commonly known to inhabit the Galapagos Islands. Galapagos Blue-footed boobies are one of the most iconic species in the archipelago, and are celebrated for their spectacularly precise plunge-diving and their highly-ritualized (and somewhat comical) mating dances that optimistic males display for onlooking females. However, while they are the most renowned booby birds and the most frequently seen, this is the smallest population of the booby family and, sadly, there numbers are decreasing.

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The best photographs in Galapagos

The islands through a Lens, the best photographs in Galapagos

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Crystal-clear turquoise water frames white, peaceful beaches where sea lions lay smiling among deep black volcanic rocks and colorful sally light-foot crabs, all warmed by the last rays of a setting sun as it dances across the water towards the horizon. The pure light, undisturbed nature and spectacular colors make the Galapagos Islands a paradise for any eager photographer. Learn some tips to take the best photographs in Galapagos.

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