Mar 02, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II
Today we visited Genovesa, an ideal place to observe sea birds and a paradise for any bird lover. This island is strongly influenced of the Panama current. The platform drops dramatically to more than 12000 feet below sea level outside of Darwin Bay, and therefore it is the ideal habitat for pelagic seabirds.
In the morning, we observed the short-eared owl catching a petrel. This species of owl is active during the morning, because in this island, the Galapagos hawk is not present. We also observed several nesting the Nazca boobies and red-footed boobies, some with eggs and others with chicks of different ages. On Genovesa we have the largest colony of red-footed boobies in the world, with more than 145,000 pairs.
On the beach we observed the large beak ground finch. We also saw swallow-tailed gulls mating, lava gulls and several males of the great frigatebird with their red pouch fully inflated.
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