Genovesa Island

May 11, 2018 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Genovesa or Tower Island Located up in the northernmost part of the archipelago, quite distant from any of the central islands, this particular place is somehow extremely interesting, isolation has been the key here for sea birds and they are within the most numerous inhabitants of the place. The early morning light gives as a very good opportunity to see the walls of the crater that collapsed a few million years ago.

This place has a special kind of atmosphere, Nazca boobies, swallow tailed gulls and the very colorful red footed boobies together with the very contrasting landscape, make it as one of the very interesting sites to around this enchanted archipelago.

The white coralline beach and the red mangroves are in this island the nesting place for red footed boobies.  Minor frigate bird males today are beginning with the mating ritual again; a few bachelors are displaying their half-inflated pouches to females that do not seem to be particularly interested in them yet!

Prince Philip’s steps, with its lava plateaus that and Palo Santo trees, on this side of the island is the nesting territory for more boobies. As we head for the walk on the open area we find ourselves surrounded by lava flows, territory of thousands storm petrels. It is incredible to see how much activity can be found on this bizarre distant place, as the petrels come here to nest; their predator, the short-eared owl quietly awaits for them on the open fields, looking for the perfect time to attack.

The images of today we are sure, will remain in our heads for the rest of our lives; what a special way to end our expedition, we are sure now that this particular island will never leave us.

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About the Author

Ximena Cordova

Naturalist

Ximena was born in Cuenca, the third largest city of Ecuador. Located in the Andes Mountains, Cuenca is known as the cultural capital of Ecuador and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site because of its many historical buildings. Ximena gained experience with American culture as an exchange student in Santa Barbara, CA, and later, while living and working at the United Nations in New York City for four and a half years.

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