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The Galapagos, October 2003

Sallylightfoot Crab


19/10/03 : Flight from Guayaquil, Ecuador, to Baltra Island. Board our boat, the M/N Ambassador, and then sail to North Seymour Island, where we disembarked for a couple of hours.

20/10/03: Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal Island in the morning, followed by sailing to Espanola (Hood) Island, where we spent a couple of hours in the afternoon.

21/10/03 : Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island.

22/10/03 : Bartolome Island.

23/10/03 : Tagus Cove, Isabela Island in the morning, followed by Punta Espanola, Fernandina Island.

24/10/03 : Puerto Egas, Santiago Island, then on to Rabida Island.

25/10/03 : Floreana Island followed by another trip to Santa Cruz and the highlands.

26/10/03 : Depart from Baltra, back to Guayaquil, Ecuador.


Bird List

Galapagos Penguin, Spheniscus mendiculus

photo 1 photo 2

Waved Albatross, Diomedea irrorata

photo 1 photo 2

Dark-rumped Petrel, Pterodroma phaeopygia

photo 1 photo 2

Audobon's Shearwater, Puffinus iherminieri

photo 1

Elliott's Storm-petrel, Oceanites gracilis

photo 1 photo 2 photo 3

Wedge-rumped Storm-petrel, Oceanodroma tethys

Galapagos Storm-petrel, Oceanodroma castro

Red-billed Tropicbird, Phaethon aethereus

Brown Pelican, Pelecanus occidentalis

Blue-footed Booby, Sula nebouxii

photo 1

Masked Booby, Sula dactyla

photo 1 photo 2

Flightless Cormorant, Nannopterum harrisi

photo 1 photo 2 photo 3

Great Frigatebird, Fregata minor

Magnificent Frigatebird, Fregata magnificens

photo 1

Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias

Cattle Egret, Bulbulcus ibis

Lava Heron, Butorides sundevalli

photo 1 photo 2 photo 3

Striated Heron, Butorides striatus

Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Nycticorax violacea

photo 1

Greater Flamingo, Phoenicopterus ruber

White-cheeked Pintail, Anas bahamensis

Galapagos Hawk, Buteo galapagoensis

photo 1

American Oystercatcher, Haemotopus palliatus

Grey Plover, Pluvialis squatarola

Semipalmated Plover, Charadrius semipalmatus

Whimbrel, Numenius phaeopus

Spotted Sandpiper, Actitis macularia

Wandering Tattler, Heteroscelus incanum

Ruddy Turnstone, Arenaria interpres

Semipalmated Sandpiper, Calidris pusilla

Least Sandpiper, Calidris minutilla

Baird's Sandpiper, Calidris bairdii

Dunlin, Calidris alpina

Grey Phalarope, Phalaropus fulicarius

Black-necked Stilt, Himantopus himantopus

Lava Gull, Larus fuliginosus

photo 1

Laughing Gull, Larus atricilla

Swallow-tailed Gull, Larus furcatus

photo 1 photo 2

Sooty Tern, Sterna fuscata

Common Noddy, Anous stolidus

photo 1 photo 2

Galapagos Dove, Zenaida galapagoensis

photo 1

Smooth-billed Ani, Crotophaga ani

Vermillion Flycatcher, Pyrocephalus rubinus

Galapagos Flycatcher, Myiarchus magnirostris

photo 1

Galapagos Mockingbird, Nesomimus parvulus

photo 1

Hood Mockingbird, Nesomimus macdonaldi

Chatham Mockingbird, Nesomimus melanotis

Yellow Warbler, Dendroica petechia

Large Ground-finch, Geospiza magnirostris

Medium Ground-finch, Geospiza fortis

Small Ground-finch, Geospiza fuliginosa

photo 1 (male) photo 2 (female)

Common Cactus-finch, Geospiza scandens

Large Cactus-finch, Geospiza conirostris

Large Tree-finch, Camarhynchus psittacula

Small Tree-finch, Camarhynchus parvulus

Woodpecker Finch, Cactospiza pallida

Warbler Finch, Certhidia olivacea

Other Wildlife

Bryde's Whale,

Two seen distantly off Fernandina.

Bottle-nosed Dolphin,

Seven or eight seen at close range on the way into Floreana. Small numbers seen on most boat journeys.

Galapagos Fur Seal,

Half a dozen seen on Santiago. photo 1

Galapagos Sea Lion,

Common around most islands, many with small pups on the beaches. photo 1 photo 2

Galapagos Giant Tortoise,

One seen in a lush field on the way back from the highlands on Santa Cruz.

Marine Iguana,

Very common on a number of islands. photo 1

Land Iguana,

Seen on North Seymour and Santa Cruz.

Pacific Green Turtle,

Very common around most of islands. Seen at close range while snorkelling off Bartolome. About 20 seen close in shore at Fernandina, including several hauled out basking in the mangrove swamp. photo 1

Hawksbill Turtle,

One seen at close range in the mangrove swamp on Fernandina.


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