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Nesting strategy: a single spot in the ocean?

Birds nesting in the Galapagos Archipelago have very different distributions within the islands, with some species found on several islands and others restricted to just one or two. In the case of the magnificent Waved Albatross, nesting of the species is limited almost exclusively to one island, Española, perhaps because the combination of the island's topography and the prevailing winds make it easy for these large birds to land and take off and there are suitable nesting sites. Remarkably, these albatrosses nesting on Española make feeding round-trips of more than 1000 miles toward the coast of South America and back. In the non-breeding season, they can be found off the coasts of Ecuador and Peru. Our thanks to participant Suzanne Gucciardo for this lovely image of a pair.

Our upcoming Galapagos I tour, which runs Jun 10-20, 2017, with Jesse Fagan as guide has four spaces available (our second departure in July is waitlisted). During the tour, we'll be based with our small group on entirely on the Nemo III, a catamaran that will suit our birding and exploration purposes perfectly. You can read all about this tour on our GALAPAGOS page.

Don't forget also to view our 2016 illustrated triplist for a great taste of this exciting tour.

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