Genovesa Island

Mar 15, 2019 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Today we woke up at Genovesa Island. Peering out from our window, it was apparent just how much paradise was out there to be explored today. Birds were flying in and around from all over, and our activities started with pre-breakfast paddleboard along the island’s caldera.

After a delicious buffet breakfast, we continued on with the first hike of the day, the goal of which was to locate red-footed boobies to photograph. Check!

In addition, the male frigatebirds occupying this island were busy with courtship, vying for the attention of prospective mates. We were lucky also during the afternoon hike to spot a short-ear owl that was carefully blended within its rocky surroundings. No shortage of surprise to be witnessed here—if you can find it!

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About the Author

Ixora Berdonces

Naturalist

Ixora was born in the Galapagos Islands, back when the streets were made of sand and gravel. Void of TV and tablets, her childhood friends and pristine natural surroundings made for an inspiring upbringing. She was always drawn to the ocean and her local environment, with her first adventures taking place underwater, in mangrove estuaries, and perched in treetops. Not surprisingly, she was scuba diving before the age of 12 and led her first diving trips as a Dive Master in the Galapagos Marine Reserve when she was 18. 

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