Darwin Bay and Prince Philip’s steps

Dec 08, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

Today we visited Genovesa, a great way to finish our expedition. Due to its location, Genovesa is a paradise for seabirds. This island is surrounded by deep water; perfect for many seabirds with pelagic feeding habits, including the red-footed booby, the Nazca booby, the great frigatebird, the red-billed tropicbird, and the swallow-tailed gull.

Nazca boobies are in full breeding season and red-footed boobies were all in courtship, or at different stages of their breeding cycle. We also saw the short-eared owl. The sunset was a perfect way to finish this wonderful week. 

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Luis Vinueza


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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