Today was our first full day in the Galapagos Islands, and we started the day on North Seymour, an uplifted, bird magnet island. This island is home to great and magnificent frigatebirds, swallow-tailed gulls, blue-footed boobies, and Galapagos yellow land iguanas. As we walked along the trail, we encountered these species and many curious and beautiful sea lion pups as well. In the afternoon, we continued the expedition on a famous red island known as Rabida, where we took the adventure into the water with our first snorkeling outing. The day ended with a sunset walk to observe flamingos nesting and sea lions coming to the shore to rest. It was a magical day on the Enchanted Islands, and this is just the beginning!
National Geographic Endeavour II
North Seymour & Rabida Islands
We began our day with a landing on North Seymour, where we encountered hundreds of birds, mostly frigatebirds flying overhead. We followed a path that took us to a breeding site of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds. We watched their mating displays in awe as nature showed us its wonderful ways. Male frigatebirds inflated their red gular sacs and stretched out their wings trying to attract a mate. Male blue-footed boobies slowing raising their cerulean feet to show a potential mate that they can fish well and support a nest. We also spotted land iguanas, marine iguanas, lava lizards, and a Galapagos racer snake along the path. We continued our navigation to Rabida Island, famous for its red sand beach, a coloration resulting from iron oxide in its volcanic soil. Those who chose to snorkel were delighted with sightings of sea turtles, sharks, Galapagos sea lions, and colorful fish. As the sun dipped into the horizon, we continued with a casual walk to a brackish pond that has a resurgent population of American flamingos, an excellent way to finish this day.