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Photos of the Week, February 4, 2022

There are certain colors that come to mind when you think about various destinations visited by the Lindblad Expeditions fleet: the white ice of Antarctica, green rainforests of Costa Rica, blue water of Baja California. But every expedition has a veritable rainbow of shades, some of which will surprise you! Did you know that the Galápagos Islands have five different colors of beaches? Or that sunrises and sunsets in Baja California and Central America occasionally feature a gorgeous atmospheric phenomenon known as a green flash? Below, check out some of the most incredible—and most colorful —images taken by our field staff this week.

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Sand Dollar Beach, Baja California

Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales, January 27, 2022


A few of the beautiful shells we found on the beach. —John Pachuta, Naturalist


Monkey River, Belize

Belize to Tikal: Reefs, Rivers & Ruins of The Maya World, January 27, 2022

ship at sunrise

National Geographic Sea Lion at sunrise. —Jeff Litton, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, January 27, 2022

heron with a very long neck

Tricolored heron displaying its long neck in the mangrove forest. —Jennifer Davidson, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor


Pucate River, Peru

Upper Amazon Aboard Delfin II, January 29, 2022

chick in nest

In the early afternoon, we had a marvelous sighting at a relatively close range. The ship was tied up along the riverbank with many small trees around. In one of the trees, we observed a greater kiskadee nest. It was very amusing to see how solicitous both bird parents were, constantly bringing food to their chicks. I spent a long time looking for the right angle to photograph this event. —Carlos Romero, Expedition Leader


San Pedrillo Ranger’s Station, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, January 29, 2022

toucan on branch

With a very distinct call, this yellow-throated toucan is the largest in the region. It bids us farewell as the day turns into afternoon. —Isabel Salas Vindas, Naturalist (photo by Jennifer Davidson)


Red Bank, Belize

Wild Belize Escape: Wildlife, Reefs, and Rivers, January 29, 2022

aerial view of forest with red macaws in flight

At first, we could only hear the “craaaakk” sounds as macaws flew over the forest. All of a sudden, as a pair of scarlet macaws flew across the valley, everyone aimed cameras and binoculars towards them. Pair by pair, they streamed through…18, 20, 24, 30, 42 and the numbers continued to grow! As the macaws landed on treetops and disappeared behind foliage, we continued to hear more and more as flock after flock arrived in the valley. Red, blue and yellow adorned the polewood trees for hours. —Luz Hunter, Cultural Specialist (photo by Jeff Litton)


Rabida Island, Galápagos

Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II, January 30, 2022

sea lion on red sand beach

Portrait of a Galapagos sea lion. Taking advantage of the nutrient-rich waters, Galapagos sea lions are taking their time to reproduce. In this photo, you can see a female Galapagos sea lion on the beach on Rabida Island. —Salvador Cazar, Naturalist


St. Andrews, South Georgia Island

Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands, January 30, 2022

elephant seals

Two juvenile southern elephant seals on the beach at Gold Harbour. —Amanda Hunter, Naturalist


Caletas, Costa Rica

Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, January 30, 2022


For our first adventure, we boarded Zodiacs to begin the exploration. Guests were full of emotions. Upon landing on Caletas, we prepared for the expedition. Once groups were organized, we started our walk. We discovered amazing army ants, bananaquit birds and scarlet macaws, which all elicited different reactions from our guests. Some were surprised, some loved it and some were a little nervous. Everyone was interested and amazed. —Mario Fernandez, Naturalist (photo by Frank Simms)


Cuverville Island, Antarctica

Antarctica & Patagonia: Legendary Ice and Epic Fjords, January 31, 2022

diver preparing to go under water

The dive team explores below the waves on Cuverville Island. —Adam Maire, Undersea Specialist


Arroyo Encantado, Isla San Jose, Baja California

Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales, February 3, 2022

sea urchin skeleton

Walking along the beach, we found many treasures on the sand—evidence of the marine life in nearby waters. Here is the test (outer skeleton) of a sea urchin. —Berit Solstad, Naturalist