Islas San Esteban & Rasa
The mark of a true expedition is to experience things never seen, but more so, it is to come with certain expectations and witness as they are exceeded. Today, aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird, the guests found moments of pure discovery. Beginning on the Island of San Esteban, we put on our ‘lizard lenses’ and went in search of the many reptiles known to be on the island. As the sun warmed the arroyo, we began to see scattered movements out of the corners of our eyes, alerting us that the reptiles were of a temperature to begin their daily search for food. Walking cautiously with inspecting eyes, we were treated to whip tailed lizards, spiny tailed iguanas, and the highly sought after chuckwalla. Some perched on rocks, taking what they needed from the sun’s radiation, while others began the journey up the cardon cacti in order to feast upon the newly blooming flowers. It was no mystery that the island teemed with life, but it took a certain patience and understanding to move at the pace necessary to make it visible to the camera’s lens.
Travelling to our next destination, we had no choice but to slow the ship’s progress in order to take in the eye-popping biomass surrounding us in the water.
Apr 16, 2014
National Geographic Sea Bird