Genovesa Island

May 11, 2019 - National Geographic Islander


Today we woke up at Darwin´s Bay in Genovesa Island. This collapsed caldera is a unique space where thousands of sea birds can be observed in their different life stages. We disembarked in the morning for a natural history walk along the beach of Darwin’s Bay, where we had up-front viewing opportunities of the red-footed booby, one of the 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 sea lion species that guests were expecting to find during this trip.

Not long after, we went for a hike to Prince Phillip´s steps. This was such a successful exploration since we could observe the short-eared owl, a typically nocturnal species that became diurnal at this island because of the absence its resource competitor the Galapagos hawk. We concluded the last full day for guests in Galapagos celebrating with a toast onboard National Geographic Islander.

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Javier Carrion

Naturalist

Javier grew up on Santa Cruz island where his grandparents first arrived in the 1940´s. Veritable pioneers, his grandparents settled in the highlands where they found a place to raise their children.

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