Aug 13, 2018 - National Geographic Islander
Today we reached the oldest island of the archipelago, Española. Like San Cristobal, it also harbors a unique set of species that are endemic to Española. This includes the Española mocking bird, the Española lava lizard, and the Christmas iguana; a subspecies of marine iguana that is unique to Española. We also saw waved albatross that nest on Española and La Plata Island. These magnificent birds travel all the way to Peru to feed their chicks.
In the morning, we snorkeled around Gardner Islet and swam with sea lions. Later, we visited a beautiful sandy beach. In the afternoon we visited Punta Suarez, where many sea birds nest. We also observe several waved albatross chicks and adults in courtship.
Española never stops to amaze me, and it is a paradise for the observation of wildlife, particularly of sea birds.
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