Genovesa Island

Jan 05, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II

Passengers of the National Geographic Endeavor II spent the day exploring the beautiful island of Genovesa. Commonly referred to as the “Bird Island,” Genovesa’s steep cliffs and nutrient rich waters make the perfect habitat for many seabirds, including the largest colony of red-footed boobies. Other seabirds sighted were the Nazca booby, the frigate bird, the storm petrel, and the blue-footed booby. Land birds included the elusive short-eared owl, which can be seen hunting swarms of storm petrels around the steep cliffs of the island. Guests were particularly impressed by the mating behavior exhibited by the Nazca boobies and the brilliant red feet of the red-footed boobies, perched in every palo santo tree and saltbush on the Prince Phillips trail.

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Alexandra Vasquez

Alexandra Vasquez

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Alex Joseph

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Alex was born and raised in Alabama. First living in a state park on the Tennessee River then growing up on Alabama’s white sand beaches, he has always had an affinity for nature and wildlife. Alex started his professional career while studying film at the University of Alabama. Working as a news cameraman, he covered President Obama’s inauguration and received three Associated Press awards. After graduating, Alex left news to enter the documentary world. Shortly after, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill happened, and he moved back home to Gulf Shores to document the tragedy for the city. This led him to Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic with whom he has traveled around the world, chronicling the adventures of these once-in-a lifetime trips.

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