Belluda Caño and Dorado River

Dec 20, 2018 - Delfin II


Today we started very early in the morning with a skiff ride around Belluda Caño. In this bird-watchers’ paradise, we spotted five different species of raptors, including several yellow-headed caracaras, a black-collared hawk, a road-side hawk, an osprey, and two great black hawks. We also spotted a couple of night-owl monkeys with a baby. They stared at us with their large, curious eyes. With great excitement, we came returned to the ship for a well-deserved breakfast. For the rest of the morning, we enjoyed presentations on ecology, the behavior of monkeys, and local medicinal plants. After lunch, we had a session about iPhone photography, and later on, we cruised on Zodiacs around El Dorado River. The light was just spectacular, as well as the many incredible encounters, including capuchin and squirrel monkeys, hawks, parrots and a gorgeous lake with gigantic lily pads. We stayed late after sunset, so we also had the opportunity to spot several caimans on the river. After our return to the Delfin II, we happily shared our experiences over a cold drink at the bar. 

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José Guerrero

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

José Guerrero Vela is an Ecuadorian permanent resident of the Galapagos. His mother was born in the islands and his grandfather was one of the first generation of teachers in the Galapagos, which has always inspired him to promote education as the main path to protect the archipelago.

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