Los Islotes & Bahia Bonanza

Mar 30, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird


Los Islotes is the location of the southernmost breeding colony of California sea lions here in the Gulf of California. As we cruised around the rocky islet this morning, it was obvious some of the female sea lions were pregnant with pups to be born later this spring. We observed a number of colorful reef fish once we joined the sea lions in their watery, and slightly salty realm. A number of bird species also inhabit Los Islotes. These included blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigatebirds, brown boobies, brown pelicans, and one great blue heron was observed on a nest. The afternoon was dedicated to one last exploration of the Sonoran Desert as we walked the beach and explored inland at Bahia Bonanza on Isla Espiritu Santos. The endemic, illusive black jackrabbit of the island remained that, illusive and slightly mythical.

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Linda Burback

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Linda and her Air Force family moved extensively throughout the U.S. when she was a child. Linda continues to travel and explore a broader spectrum of the world as a naturalist with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. Linda earned her B.Sc. in horticulture from the University of Arizona in 1985 and worked with this degree in the commercial cactus industry for sixteen years.

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