Jun 22, 2019 - National Geographic Islander
This morning we awoke in the northeastern region of the Galapagos and sailed into the flooded caldera of Genovesa Island. Genovesa is home to the largest colony of red-footed boobies and frigate birds. We spent time in Darwin Bay, a white coralline beach, among nesting seabirds, curious Galapagos mockingbirds, and finches. The island has developed a reputation as “Bird Island” due to the prolific and diverse bird species that nest here.
For our last activity of the expedition, we went on a hike to obtain better views of the surrounding area. What we saw was an interesting combination of barren landscapes brought to life by thousands of birds nesting on dead-looking bushes. We spotted the famous short-eared owl, which has become a diurnal hunter due to the lack of other predators on the island, such as like the Galapagos hawk.
It has been a magical week full of memories and conservations. Our guests are leaving the Galapagos tomorrow, but the Galapagos will never leave them!
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