Prince Philip’s Steps & Darwin Bay

Feb 28, 2020 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Genovesa Island is well known for the large number of sea birds that live here. We spent the day on this island and had two different outings. Both sites were full of seabirds!

At Darwin Bay, we had a wet landing and found many red footed boobies by the bushes. We also spotted male great frigate birds and swallow tailed gulls. At Prince Philip’s Steps, we had a dry landing and found large numbers of Nazca boobies as well as white-vented storm petrels. Several of our guests encountered short-eared owls hiding in the lava flow.

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Gilda Gonzalez

Naturalist

Gilda was born in Ambato, located in the very heart of the Ecuadorian Andes. Since she was a child, she loved animals, often rescuing street cats and dogs. Her parents always made sure there were nature books and plenty of Jacques Cousteau’s videos at home. She graduated from high school with a degree in chemistry and biology. Afterwards, Gilda obtained a B.A. in tourism and hotel management in Quito. She also studied English, French and German, later spending two months in Brussels, Belgium.

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