Darwin Bay and Prince Phillip’s steps

May 12, 2018 - National Geographic Islander


to its location. Genovesa is an island surrounded by deep water; perfect for many sea birds with pelagic feeding habits, including the red-footed booby, the Nazca booby, the great frigate bird, the red bill tropicbird and the swallow-tailed gull.

Male great frigate birds had their pouch fully inflated; Nazca boobies and red-footed boobies were all in courtship or at different stages of their breeding cycle.

We also saw the short-eared owl and their prey, the storm petrels. The sunset was a perfect way to finish this wonderful week.

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About the Author

Luis Vinueza

Naturalist

Luis arrived in the Galápagos Islands for the first time when he was 11 years old in 1983, and from that time on he knew that Galápagos would one day be his home. He returned to the islands in 1995 and spent 14 months camping in a tent. Seven of those months were spent on Española Island, studying the relationship of reproductive success and mate retention of Nazca boobies. In 1997, he started working for the marine lab at the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) on different fields including diving surveys to assess the patterns of marine biodiversity around the Galápagos Marine Reserve. His research included counting lobsters and sea cucumbers and participating as an advisor for CDRS during the negotiation process that led to the 1998 creation of the Galápagos Marine Reserve. 

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