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Although it's not what most people would call beautiful, the Flightless Cormorant is one of the special birds of the Galapagos. This endemic is found only on two of the islands, and we saw it well on Fernandina. Photo by participant Jude Harackiewicz.
Trips to the Galapagos Islands come with big expectations, because for most, it's the trip of a life time, and this trip did not let us down. The good thing about Galapagos is that it never disappoints anyone, and that is why it's unique.
We started our trip with a delay in the Guayaquil airport when our plane had to be changed and we had to wait some time there. But Judy found the right spot to keep us occupied by finding a big window with nice views of some bamboo that was covered by Green Iguanas, Amazilia Hummingbirds, Ecuadorian Ground-Dove and other things that kept us busy during our waiting time. We missed a couple of hours but once we landed in Baltra everything was fine again.
Peter, our local guide, was waiting for us and the adventure started straight away.
The Nemo III worked well as our home for seven nights, and our super chef prepared delicious meals, and I have to say that the variety was great. Every visit to each different location brought us different experiences, and some fabulous birds, plants, and of course, geology. Some people wanted to see Penguins, and when we were close to the Equator, we got them. We saw Flightless Cormorants, most of the Finches on our list and even Orcas. We stayed very busy, but even so, Esther had time to introduce people to Quiddler, what a hit.....
We also witnessed one of the most spectacular events in the islands, an example of the force that created the Galapagos. The eruption that we saw from Sierra Negra volcano was simply an amazing sight!
I have to say that the most important aspect of the trip was all of you people; you are the ones that make the difference. I would like to say thank you for adding so much fun to our Galapagos adventure. I hope that I will see you on another birding trip, but until then, all the best for all of you.
KEYS FOR THIS LIST
One of the following keys may be shown in brackets for individual species as appropriate: * = heard only, I = introduced, E = endemic, N = nesting, a = austral migrant, b = boreal migrant
We had some great up-close views of the lovely Waved Albatrosses on Espanola, including this couple with their chick. Photo by participant Jude Harackiewicz.
Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
WHITE-CHEEKED PINTAIL (GALAPAGOS) (Anas bahamensis galapagensis)
AMERICAN FLAMINGO (Phoenicopterus ruber)
GALAPAGOS PENGUIN (Spheniscus mendiculus) [E]
WAVED ALBATROSS (Phoebastria irrorata)
Procellariidae (Shearwaters and Petrels)
GALAPAGOS PETREL (Pterodroma phaeopygia)
GALAPAGOS SHEARWATER (Puffinus subalaris)
The Nemo was a great way to see the islands! Participant John Keith got this photo of some of us relaxing on the boat.
ELLIOT'S STORM-PETREL (Oceanites gracilis galapagoensis)
WHITE-FACED STORM-PETREL (Pelagodroma marina)
BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETREL (Oceanodroma castro)
WEDGE-RUMPED STORM-PETREL (Oceanodroma tethys tethys)
MARKHAM'S STORM-PETREL (Oceanodroma markhami)
RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD (Phaethon aethereus mesonauta)
Although this Galapagos Rail tried its best to hide, we still got great looks at it! Photo by participant Cliff Thurber.
MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD (Fregata magnificens)
GREAT FRIGATEBIRD (Fregata minor ridgwayi)
Sulidae (Boobies and Gannets)
NAZCA BOOBY (Sula granti)
BLUE-FOOTED BOOBY (Sula nebouxii excisa)
RED-FOOTED BOOBY (EASTERN PACIFIC) (Sula sula websteri)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
FLIGHTLESS CORMORANT (Phalacrocorax harrisi) [E]
This Large Ground-Finch posed nicely for us. Photo by participant Cliff Thurber.
BROWN PELICAN (SOUTHERN) (Pelecanus occidentalis urinator)
Ardeidae (Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns)
GREAT BLUE HERON (BLUE FORM) (Ardea herodias cognata)
SNOWY EGRET (Egretta thula)
CATTLE EGRET (Bubulcus ibis)
STRIATED HERON (GALAPAGOS) (Butorides striata sundevalli) [E]
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON (GALAPAGOS) (Nyctanassa violacea pauper)
One of the amazing things about the Galapagos is the tameness of the wildlife. This mother and baby Galapagos Sea Lion were relaxed enough for the baby to nurse while we watched. Photo by participant Jude Harackiewicz.
Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles, and Kites)
GALAPAGOS HAWK (Buteo galapagoensis) [E]
Rallidae (Rails, Gallinules, and Coots)
GALAPAGOS RAIL (Laterallus spilonota) [E]
PAINT-BILLED CRAKE (Mustelirallus erythrops)
COMMON GALLINULE (Gallinula galeata)
Recurvirostridae (Stilts and Avocets)
BLACK-NECKED STILT (Himantopus mexicanus)
AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER (Haematopus palliatus galapagensis)
We were able to get fairly close to the iconic Blue-footed Boobies as well. We saw some interesting behaviors, such as displays, and this chick begging from its parent. Photo by participant Cliff Thurber.
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (Charadrius semipalmatus)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
WHIMBREL (HUDSONIAN) (Numenius phaeopus hudsonicus)
RUDDY TURNSTONE (Arenaria interpres)
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (Phalaropus lobatus)
WANDERING TATTLER (Tringa incana)
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
SWALLOW-TAILED GULL (Creagrus furcatus)
This Floreana Mockingbird was one of the rarest birds we saw. This species is restricted to some small islets near the island of Floreana. Participant Bruce Cressman took this image at Champion Islet.
LAVA GULL (Leucophaeus fuliginosus) [E]
BROWN NODDY (Anous stolidus galapagensis)
Columbidae (Pigeons and Doves)
ECUADORIAN GROUND-DOVE (Columbina buckleyi)
GALAPAGOS DOVE (Zenaida galapagoensis) [E]
EARED DOVE (Zenaida auriculata)
SMOOTH-BILLED ANI (Crotophaga ani) [I]
DARK-BILLED CUCKOO (Coccyzus melacoryphus)
BARN OWL (GALAPAGOS) (Tyto alba punctatissima)
SHORT-EARED OWL (GALAPAGOS) (Asio flammeus galapagoensis)
AMAZILIA HUMMINGBIRD (Amazilia amazilia)
Tyrannidae (Tyrant Flycatchers)
VERMILION FLYCATCHER (GALAPAGOS) (Pyrocephalus rubinus nanus)
GALAPAGOS FLYCATCHER (Myiarchus magnirostris) [E]
TROPICAL KINGBIRD (Tyrannus melancholicus)
BLUE-AND-WHITE SWALLOW (Pygochelidon cyanoleuca)
GRAY-BREASTED MARTIN (Progne chalybea)
GALAPAGOS MARTIN (Progne modesta) [E]
Mimidae (Mockingbirds and Thrashers)
GALAPAGOS MOCKINGBIRD (Mimus parvulus) [E]
We saw both color morphs of the Red-footed Booby on Genovesa. Both of them have these distinctive red feet, though! Photo by participant Jude Harackiewicz.
FLOREANA MOCKINGBIRD (Mimus trifasciatus) [E]
ESPANOLA MOCKINGBIRD (Mimus macdonaldi) [E]
SAN CRISTOBAL MOCKINGBIRD (Mimus melanotis) [E]
Parulidae (New World Warblers)
YELLOW WARBLER (GALAPAGOS) (Setophaga petechia aureola)
Thraupidae (Tanagers and Allies)
SAFFRON FINCH (SAFFRON) (Sicalis flaveola valida)
GREEN WARBLER-FINCH (Certhidea olivacea) [E]
Here is our group after our walk to see the albatross colony and other sights on Espanola. Photo by guide Willy Perez.
GRAY WARBLER-FINCH (Certhidea fusca mentalis) [E]
GRAY WARBLER-FINCH (Certhidea fusca luteola) [E]
GRAY WARBLER-FINCH (Certhidea fusca bifasciata)
GRAY WARBLER-FINCH (Certhidea fusca cinerascens) [E]
VEGETARIAN FINCH (Platyspiza crassirostris) [E]
WOODPECKER FINCH (Camarhynchus pallidus pallidus) [E]
Marine Iguanas were among the amazing reptiles we saw on the islands. Photo by participant Jude Harackiewicz.
WOODPECKER FINCH (Camarhynchus pallidus productus) [E]
WOODPECKER FINCH (Camarhynchus pallidus striatipecta) [E]
LARGE TREE-FINCH (Camarhynchus psittacula psittacula) [E]
MEDIUM TREE-FINCH (Camarhynchus pauper) [E]
SMALL TREE-FINCH (Camarhynchus parvulus parvulus) [E]
SMALL TREE-FINCH (Camarhynchus parvulus salvini) [E]
We saw several of "Darwin's finches" on San Cristobal; this one is the Small Ground-Finch. Photo by participant Bruce Cressman.
SMALL GROUND-FINCH (Geospiza fuliginosa) [E]
LARGE GROUND-FINCH (Geospiza magnirostris) [E]
GENOVESA GROUND-FINCH (Geospiza acutirostris) [E]
COMMON CACTUS-FINCH (Geospiza scandens intermedia) [E]
MEDIUM GROUND-FINCH (Geospiza fortis) [E]
ESPANOLA CACTUS-FINCH (Geospiza conirostris) [E]
GENOVESA CACTUS-FINCH (Geospiza propinqua propinqua) [E]
Participant Bruce Cressman captured the beautiful Red-billed Tropicbird in flight.
Passerellidae (New World Buntings and Sparrows)
RUFOUS-COLLARED SPARROW (Zonotrichia capensis)
ORCA (Orcinus orca)
FIN WHALE (Balaenoptera physalus)
"GALAPAGOS" SEA LION (Zalophus californianus wollebacki)
GALAPAGOS FUR SEAL (Arctocephalus galapagoensis) [E]
MARINE IGUANA (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) [E]
LAND IGUANA (Conolophus subcristatus) [E]
Our group being "photobombed" by a Galapagos Tortoise in the highlands of Santa Cruz. Photo by guide Willy Perez.
GREEN IGUANA (Iguana iguana)
GALAPAGOS LAVA LIZARD (Microlophus albemarlensis) [E]
ESPANOLA LAVA LIZARD (Microlophus delanonis) [E]
FLOREANA LAVA LIZARD (Microlophus grayi) [E]
SAN CRISTOBAL LAVA LIZARD (Microlophus bivattatus) [E]
GALAPAGOS (GIANT) TORTOISE (Geochelone elephantopus) [E]
GREEN SEA TURTLE (Chelonia mydas)
These are some other species of wildlife that we saw on our tour.
Santa Fe Land Iguana
Santa Cruz Lava Lizard
Ray Spotted Eagle Ray
Sally Light-foot Crab
Ocean Sun Fish
Cortez Rainbow Wrasse
Totals for the tour: 79 bird taxa and 4 mammal taxa