North Seymour and Rábida Islands

Oct 29, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II


North Seymour is a small flat island and it seems to be a magnet for sea birds of several types. Frigate birds are among the largest birds in the Galápagos and they have chosen this place to nest, forming large colonies on several islands. This is the end of the breeding season for different types of sea birds but not for frigate birds; they are still showing their amazing red pouches.

We also spotted many land iguanas basking in the early morning sun. Cactuses are the main source of food and water for them in this dry island. The highlight for all of us were the blue footed boobies perching on the rocks of the shore. And some of them were feeding their young!

In the afternoon we reached Rábida Island for more exploration. This island is located on the center of the Galápagos archipelago. Here, we had the opportunity to explore the marine world and its inhabitants. There were sea turtles, sea lions, marine iguanas, and fish of different types and colors!

By sunset we landed on the shore of Rábida for a stroll along the iconic red beach. Walking along the beach is one of the best activities you can do on Rábida Island. Here, we had the opportunity to photograph Galápagos sea lions, mocking birds, and a stunning landscape at sunset. 

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Juan Carlos Avila

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Juan Carlos was born in Quito, Ecuador. He spent part of his elementary schooling in the province of Cotopaxi, a beautiful area in the Ecuadorian Andes ringed by volcanoes. In 1989 his family moved to the Galápagos and settled in the highlands of Santa Cruz, the second largest island in this archipelago. It was here that Juan Carlos finished high school and gained his deep love for nature.

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