The Beauty of Galapagos Birds
The archipelago has been famous for its remarkable array of endemic species ever since Charles Darwin made his famous Voyage of the Beagle back in the 1830s. But the Galapagos was a dream destination we didn’t expect to be able to visit so early in Green Global Travel’s evolution. Our once-in-a-lifetime trip came together so suddenly, we had no time to do our usual advance research.
From the moment we set foot on Genovesa Island, we were blown away by the sheer diversity of species that could be found in almost shockingly close proximity. Although we walked a total of maybe 100 yards over the course of several hours, we saw a vast array of Galapagos Birds, from nesting Swallow-tailed Gulls and Tiger Herons fishing in the shallows to Magnificent Frigates soaring overhead and two different types of Boobies (Red-Footed and Nazca).
Birds were everywhere we looked– on the beach, on the rocks that lined the shore, in the bushes, in the skies above– with tiny squawking babies so close to the path we could’ve touched them. It was like no place we’d ever been before, and like no place we’ve been since. What follows is sampling of some of the incredible Galapagos Birds we saw during our week-long journey. –photos by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett