Speaking of Birds – Galapagos Islands
Say hello to these ‘Blue-Footed Boobies’ and more from Galapagos Islands – one of the few places on our planet where birds and animals have no fear of humans! We requested Nicole to tell us a bit from her visit and we share it here with a sense of wonder about both the strength and the vulnerability of our natural world.
The trip to Galapagos was terrific! We sighted Galapagos Flycatchers, Flightless Cormorants (only known cormorant that has lost the ability to fly), Galapagos Penguins (the only penguin found north of the equator), Frigatebirds, Nazca Boobies, and these Blue-footed Boobies.
The islands have been isolated for a very long time. In the absence of major predators, the birds and animals here have no fear of humans – one can walk right up to them! It’s really special to observe their behaviors, mating, and nesting rituals with young in that natural setting.
Here’s a group picture of the blue-footed birds, seeming business as usual, totally unbothered by our proximity and presence!
The Park does a thorough job of limiting exposure and interaction, small group sizes, and the areas we can access. It also helps that Brand is a Conservation Biologist, worked at Darwin Station, and is very familiar with the islands. He told me a lot before I left on the trip. I returned with a much deeper interest in birds.
Contributed by: Nicole DaPron | Location: Galapagos Islands