The following photo hightlights were just from our first two days.
We first spend a half day in the interior of Santa Cruz Island. Here we nailed our targets of Large Tree-Finch, Woodpecker Finch, and Vegetarian Finch. We also went to a ranch where there were several Santa Cruz Giant Tortoises, this one eating impatiens.
The endemic subspecies of Barn Owl, Tyto alba punctatissima was in a building there as well.
We made a half-mile hike towards Media Luna in the highlands to see Galapagos Rail, which we saw briefly, but well.
The next day was spent on Espanola Island to the south.
Espanola Marine Iguana, Amblyrhynchus cristatus venutissimus
Blue-footed Booby and chick
Espanola Lava Lizard female
Espanola Lava Lizard male
Espanola Mockingbird and Marine Iguana
Espanola Mockingbird clan fight
Nestling Waved Albatross
Group walking past Marine Iguanas
Group in Panga – this is how we got from the yacht to the various islands. Our yacht – the wonderfully spacious and comfortable Integrity is in the distant upper right of the photo.
Large Cactus-Finch taking advantage of the moisture and protein in a Galapagos Sea Lion placenta
Red-billed Tropicbird right over head
Suckling and mother Galapagos Sea Lion