Thursday, February 19, 2015
A little Isabela Wildlife
These Galapagos penguins are hanging on the rocks just near where we are anchored. We call it Drycleaner Point. These little guys are similar to the tuxedo dressed penguins of the Antarctic, just without the extra layer of body fat insulation since they live at the Equator.
There’s some good trails around Puerto Villamil for checking out the wildlife. Here’s a curlew, or maybe an Ibis. Our tropical Pacific bird book doesn’t cover the Galapagos so we have to make up most of the identifications.
Definitely a Galapagos duck.
This is the other end of the same duck, perhaps making identification easier, while she’s working for her dinner.
Lots of Flamingos in the mangrove swamps. Check the ugly duckling sitting on the log.
This queen was getting all fluffed up.
They’re not all colorful, but they make a good noise.
Can’t forget the blue-footed boobies. They dive bomb for their fish breakfast every morning by the hundreds, just off the rocks by the boat .
Another pond side feeder, a variety stilt.
Can you guess how to tell that this is a marine iguana instead of a land iguana?
Marine iguana digesting his seaweed in with the help of some warm sun. When they’re not swimming, they’re pretty lethargic.
Except for their shell, they really have no other protection mechanism from predators or man. Sailing ships stopped here over the centuries to stock up on the giant turtles, as they lived a long time in the holds of the ships without food or water – and gave up nice fresh meat.
The sea lions on Isabela are not nearly as pushy as the ones on San Cristobol. This baby broke through our seal defenses and took a little nap on the swim step.