Great Frigate Bird
Off ship at 0830 via panga to a coral beachon Darwin Bay and a walk on Genovesa (Tower) Island. Here we saw our first Great Frigate Birds - courting and nesting. The courting males are spectacular with a huge balloon pouch (gular sac) they inflate to attract the females who fly overhead. The males show off their pouches with their heads thrown back while trembling their outstretched wings. An amazing sight! Also saw our first Red-footed Boobies here. The skin around their eyes and bill is pink and purple. Also saw Nazca Booby, Galapagos Mockingbird, Lava Gull, Swallow-tailed Gull. Walk was along the beach and across some lava. Swimming and snorkeling along the beach followed. Julian had some of his best snorkeling along the cliff here.
All images in the next group are of the impressive Great Frigate Birds.
Also seen at Darwin Bay:
After lunch we climbed Prince Phillip's Steps - (some really steep) cut into the side of a cliff - a handrail was available. At the top of the cliff we walked through trees where we saw a Yellow-footed Red-footed Booby. No one has gotten a good picture of this bird so one hasn't been submitted to the CDRS yet. We saw Short-Eared Owl, white morph Red-Footed Booby, numerous Galapagos Mockingbird and Julian saw a Sharp-beaked Finch. Also saw Shearwaters and Fur Seal.
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