Because of the busyness of the holidays, this installment of the Machu Picchu and Galapagos adventure has been delayed, but I don’t want to leave it out.  Some of you birdwatchers out there will find the feathered species inhabiting the islands quite interesting.  Keep in mind that most of these are unique to the Galapagos as they have morphed from their original form.

Good examples of this are the mockingbird

and the dove.  Both are similar to those we see in the States, but not the differences in the beaks and the eyes.

Two beauties are the yellow warbler

and the vermilion flycatcher.  The flycatcher is said to be present only on Rabida and is very hard to spot.  It was also very hard to get it or the warbler photographed as both were constantly in motion.

The brown noddy tern was hard to spot as its colors blended perfectly with the lava stones.  Were it not for its white head it would have been almost impossible to spot.

A favorite was the oystercatcher with its long legs and vivid beak.  The hubby was lucky enough to spot this one shifting on its nest, and he captured not only the bird but the egg.

The best known of the Galapagos birds is the blue footed booby.  Have you ever seen anything with feet that color?  I’m not sure, however, just why it is called a booby.

There are a number of other birds in residence on the islands, and for a person who is really into birds, a journey there would be amazing.  Spotting them can sometimes be as much of a challenge as getting the perfect photo!

There is still a bit more to share about the Galapagos Islands, and I hope you will come back another day to continue the journey.

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6 thoughts on “Galapagos Adventure III

  1. From my vast experience of traveling the world (www) here is the answer/(I am so curious):
    The name ‘booby’ comes from the Spanish term ‘bubi’, which means ‘stupid fellow’. This is because the Blue-footed Booby is clumsy on the land, and like other seabirds can be very tame. It has been known to alight on boats, where it was once captured and eaten.

    The color of the feet in these boobies ranges in the tones of blue from electric blue or indigo blue and even turquoise blue and it has nothing to do either with gender or age of the individuals. Nobody knows why this blue color was selected by nature but it is helpful for the individuals to recognize their own kind.

  2. I love these pictures, love birds. Good job catching a glimpse and a photo of the vermilion flycatcher! Love them all, especially that oystercatcher with the egg and the booby! Keep ’em coming!

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