Feb 16, 2019 - National Geographic Islander
Today we woke up in Darwin´s Bay, just off Genovesa Island. This collapsed caldera is a unique place where thousands of sea birds can be observed in their different life stages. We disembarked in the morning for a natural history walk at Darwin´s Bay Beach, where we had a close look at the red-footed booby, one of three species of boobies that nest in the Galapagos. We could also observe Nazca boobies, frigate birds, swallow-tail gulls, and lava gulls. We also had the opportunity to snorkel with Galapagos fur seals, the second species of sea lion that guests were expecting to see during this trip.
In the afternoon we went for a hike at Prince Phillip´s Steps. This was a very successful exploration, as we observed the short-eared owl, a typically nocturnal species that became diurnal on this island because of the absence of its predator, the Galapagos hawk. We finished our last day in Galapagos celebrating with a toast on board National Geographic Islander.
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