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July 27, 2010

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Galápagos - Parque Nacional

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Sea lions

Regal

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Posing - underwater

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Canon Powershot D10 underwater camera
July 29, 2010

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When sea lions sing opera

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When sea lions walk

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This photo illustrates one of the key differences between sea lions (otariids) and seals (phocids), namely the ability to use the forelimbs for locomotion.
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When sea lions perform water ballet

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Española
Canon Powershot D10 underwater camera, July 28, 2010
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When sea lions chill

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When sea lions nurse

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When sea lions pass judgment

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Yoda visits the Galápagos

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Galápagos Fur Seal (Arctocephalus galapagoensis)
Santiago Island
Canon Rebel T1i,
August 2, 2010
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No me toque

no me toque

July 27, 2010
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Life and death

life and death

July 27, 2010
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Boobies

Feet compared

Blue feet

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Red feet

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Grey feet - Nazca

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Eyes compared

Green-eyed

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Blue-footed booby

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Brown-eyed

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Red-footed booby
Genovesa
July 31, 2010

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Orange-eyed

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Nazca booby
Espanñola, Galápagos
July 28, 2010

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Blue-footed booby

Surprise!

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Blue-footed booby
July 27, 2010

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Requisite sky pointing photo

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Sky pointing photo

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Blue-footed booby
Espanñola, Galápagos
July 28, 2010

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My rock.

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Best booby mates

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Note the eyes. Females have larger pupils.

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When boobies take drugs

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BFB with two eggs

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BFB egg

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Santa Cruz
Canon Eos 50D, July 28, 2010

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Booby baby

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Española
Canon Eos 50D, July 28, 2010

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hey, you talkin to me?

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Avian torpedoes

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Booby stare down

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Female blue-footed booby
Española
July 28, 2010

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Booby dance - getting ready

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Blue-footed booby
Española
July 28, 2010

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Booby dance - step left

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Blue-footed booby
Española
July 28, 2010

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Booby dance - step right

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Blue-footed booby
Española
July 28, 2010

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Nazca booby

Two Nazca

galapagos
formerly known as masked boobies
Santa Cruz
July 28, 2010
Canon Eos 50D

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Three Nazca

galapagos

formerly known as masked boobies
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When Nazcas get into a flap

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Española
July 28, 2010

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A little hop

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Española
July 28, 2010

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Mom, chick, and egg

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Nazca Booby

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Illusion of innocence

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Nazca Booby

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Nazca abandoned

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In a process known as siblicide, this young bird was pushed from the nest. The parent bird passively watches the inevitable demise of its offspring.

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Facing Nazca

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Booby ascending

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Nazca Booby

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Watching the in-flight booby

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Red-footed booby

Red footed booby

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Red-footed Booby ((Sula sula) Genovesa
July 31, 2010
Canon T1i,

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Booby baby

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Why birds do not need to go to the dentist

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Red-footed booby baby
Genovesa
July 31, 2010
Canon T1i,

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RFB adolescent

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Frigates

The flight of the frigate

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The flight of the frigate

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August 1, 2010

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Two frigates

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July 27, 2010

One has its guler deflated and the other partially deflated.

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Frigate feathers

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Genovesa
July 31, 2010

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Frigate baby

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Guler inflated

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July 31, 2010

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Guler inflated in flight

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July 31, 2010

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Interspecies quarrel

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Penguins

Pinguino

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Things are looking up

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I can fly

penguin
Santa Cruz
Canon D10 underwater camera
August 2, 2010

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Albatross

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Española (Hood)
July 28, 2010

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Beaks of affection

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Española (Hood)
July 28, 2010

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Head shot

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Española (Hood)
July 28, 2010

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Española Island
Canon Eos 50D, July 28, 2010

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Baby albatross

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Española Island
Canon Eos 50D, July 28, 2010

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Yellow warbler

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Santa Cruz

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Short-eared owl

On the look out for petrels

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Asio flammeus
Santa Cruz
July 31, 2015

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On the look for people

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Asio flammeus
Santa Cruz

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Mockingbirds

"You mocking me??"

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Galápagos mockingbird (Nesomimus parvulus) = (Mimus parvulus parvulus)
Santa Cruz

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Mockingbird on towel

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Galápagos mockingbird (Nesomimus parvulus) = (Mimus parvulus parvulus)
Noth Seymour
July 28, 2010

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Kanteenager

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Hood mockingbird (Nesomimus macdonaldi) = (Mimus macdonaldi)
Española (Hood)
July 28, 2010

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In the hood

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Hood mockingbird (Nesomimus macdonaldi) = (Mimus macdonaldi)
Española (Hood)
July 28, 2010

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Hooded

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Hood mockingbird (Nesomimus macdonaldi) = (Mimus macdonaldi)
Española (Hood)
July 28, 2010

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Ship's guest book

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Charles mockingbird (Nesomimus trifasciatus)
August 2, 2010

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"Darwin's finches"

Darwin's "finches" represent a remarkable series of species that inhabit the Galápagos and Cocos Islands. They have diverged from the original colonizing species to give rise to around 15 species that differ in their morphology and habits. Darwin did not recognize their common origin, but was rather informed of this fact by his colleague John Gould.

I experienced a bit of a revelation myself in learning that Darwin's "finches" are no longer classified as true finches, but rather as tanangers! in the family Thraupidae.

In short, Darwin's finches are neither finches, nor Darwin's.

Gould's revelation

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Darwin's finch

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Darwin's finch
Floreana
July 29, 2010

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Darwin's finch
July 31, 2010

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Anis

Beak experience in the Galápagos

smooth-billed ani
Smooth-billed ani (Crotophaga ani)
Introduced
Floreana Island
July 29, 2010
Canon 50D

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Galápagos hawk

Two hawks

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A quickie

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American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus)

Has anyone seen any oysters

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Santiago Island
Canon Rebel T1i, August 2, 2010

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Galapagos Flycatcher (Myiarchus magnirostris)

Has anyone seen any flies

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Santiago Island
Canon Rebel T1i, August 2, 2010

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Gulls

Fish - it's what's on the menu

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Galapagos lava gull
(Leucophaeus fuliginosus)
Santa Cruz

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When you try to talk and eat

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Galapagos lava gull
(Leucophaeus fuliginosus)
Santa Cruz

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Mine, mine. mine, mine, mine

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Galapagos lava gull
(Leucophaeus fuliginosus)
Santa Cruz

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All in a flap about something

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Galapagos lava gull
(Leucophaeus fuliginosus)
Santa Cruz

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Baby gull

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Feathers

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Swallow-tail gull and Opuntia

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Swallow-tail gull, (Creagrus furcatus)
Genovesa
July 31, 2010

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When nocturnal gulls have too much to drink the night before

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Swallow-tail gull, (Creagrus furcatus)
Genovesa
July 31, 2010
Canon T1i

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On the wing

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Swallow-tail gull, (Creagrus furcatus)
Genovesa
July 31, 2010

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Tropicbird

Tropicbird with incoming at 11 o'clock

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Santa Cruz

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Pelican

Its beak can hold more than its belly can

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Santa Cruz

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Its eyes hold even more

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Santa Cruz

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Pelican perched in Mangrove

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Santa Cruz

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Pelican close

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July 27, 2010

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Ducks

White cheeked Pintail (Anas bahamensis)

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White cheeked Pintail (Anas bahamensis)
Santa Cruz

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Dove

Dove

galapagos dove

Galá Dove (Zenaida galapagoensis)
July 31, 2015

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Heron

Lava heron

lava heron

Floreana
Butorides sundevalli
July 29, 2010

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Great blue reflected

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Santa Cruz Island
Ardea herodias

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Great blue and lighthouse

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Yellow crowned night heron - in the day without crown

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Yellow-crowned night heron (Nyctanassa violacea)

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Stare down

galapagos heron

July 31, 2015

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Look at those flamin-go

galapagos flamingos

Greater flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber)
Floreana
July 29, 2015

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Avian evidence

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Santa Cruz

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Tortoises

Enchanting

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Santa Cruz
Canon Rebel T1i, July 30, 2010

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Has anyone seen my dentures?

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Santa Cruz
July 30, 2010

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Saddle front

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Hydropathy, tortoise style

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Santa Cruz
July 30, 2010

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Charles Darwin Research Foundation

Lonesome George receives avian visitors

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LG and smooth billed ani
Santa Cruz

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Lonesome George eyes a passerby

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Santa Cruz

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"55"

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Santa Cruz

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Shell game

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Santa Cruz
July 30, 2010

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Sea turtles

Yo, dude, just ride the current.

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Canon Powershot D10 underwater camera,
August 1, 2010

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Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus)

(See iguana page.)

Imps of darkness

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August 1, 2010

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Sun worship

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August 1, 2010

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Two iguanas

galapagos iguanas
Marine iguanas
August 1, 2010

These creatures seem reptilian in almost every way...
except their eyes, which are strikingly human

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When iguanas discuss Darwin

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August 1, 2010

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Ridge-backed

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Supplication

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Marine and iguana

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Captain hook

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When marine iguanas are down in the mouth

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July 26, 2010
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Iguana on iguana

galapagos

July 26, 2010
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Sprawled

marine iguana

July 31, 2010
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Sunburned iguana

marine iguana

Espanñola, Galápagos
July 28, 2010
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Sunburned iguana close

marine iguana

Espanñola, Galápagos
July 28, 2010
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Beauty contest

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Espanñola, Galápagos
July 28, 2010

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Iguanas stacked

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Espanñola, Galápagos
July 28, 2010

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Friendship

marine iguanas

Espanñola, Galápagos
July 28, 2010
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Life and death in the Galápagos

marine iguana skeleton

August 11, 2010
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Life and death in the Galápagos

marine iguana skeleton

August 11, 2010
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Land iguana Conolophus subcristatus

galapagos
July 27, 2010
Galápagos Islands

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July 27, 2010
Galápagos Islands

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July 27, 2010
Galápagos Islands

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Lava lizard

When lava lizards are embarassed...

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When lava lizards pretend they are spiderman

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Lava lizard
August 2, 2010

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Snakes

At length

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Up close

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Galápagos racer (Alsophis biseralis)

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Banded Galápagos snake (Antillophis slevini)
August 1, 2010

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Fish

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Canon Powershot D10 underwater camera, July 31, 2010

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Angelic

fish
Espanñola, Galápagos
Canon Powershot D10 underwater camera
July 28, 2010

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White tipped reef shark

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Espanñola, Galápagos
Canon Powershot D10 underwater camera
July 28, 2010
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Manta

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Santa Cruz

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Marine invertebrates

Sally Lightfoot crabs

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Sally Lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus)
Santa Cruz
Canon 50D
July 26, 2010
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Sally Lightfoot crabs

galapagos - sally lightfoot crab

Sally Lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus)
Espanñola, Galápagos
July 28, 2010
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Sally Lightfoot

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Sally Lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus)
Espanñola, Galápagos
July 26, 2010
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Sally does her impression of Bill

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Sally Lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus)
Santiago Island
Canon Rebel T1i, August 2, 2010

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Sea stars

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Sea cucumber

sea cucumber
Isabela
Canon D10 underwater camera, August 1, 2010

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Urchin

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August 1, 2010

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Urchin

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July 29, 2010

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Bugs

Painted

galapagos grasshopper
Large Painted Locust (Schistocerca melanocera)
Endemic
Floreana, Galápagos
July 29, 2010

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Darwin's bee

galapagos carpenter bee
Large carpenter bee (Xylocopa darwini)
Endemic
Floreana, Galápagos
July 29, 2010

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Paper wasp

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Polistes versicolor
Floreana
July 29, 2010

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Solifuge

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Solpugid anthropod (order Solifugae)
possibly Neocleobis solitaries

ID per Greg Estes

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Flora

Cactus

Its bark is as bad as its bite

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Santa Cruz

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Two tone

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Las Grietas, Santa Cruz

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Lava cactus

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Lava cactus (Brachycereus nesioticus)
Canon Rebel T1i
July 30, 2010

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Solitary mangrove

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Goat's head

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Tribulus cistoides
James Island
August 2, 2010

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Plant

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Floreana Island
July 29, 2010

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Petunia

galapagos flower

Galápagos shore petunia (Exodeconus miersii)
July 31, 2010

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Muyuyu

galapagos flower

Muyuyu (Cordia lutea)
Native
July 31, 2010

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Drifted

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Fungi

Shelf fungus

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Espanñola, Galápagos
July 28, 2010
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Lichens on bark

galapagos lichens

Floreana Island
July 29, 2010
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Lichens draped

galapagos lichens

Santa Cruz Island
July 30, 2010
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Terrain

The blow hole

galapagos

Española Island
July 28, 2010
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Darwin's toilet

darwin's toilet

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Lava

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Lava

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Lava

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372 steps

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Bartolomé Island
August 2, 2010

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Almost as many people

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Bartolomé Island
August 2, 2010

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Pioneer plants

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Bartolomé Island
August 2, 2010

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Small volcanic spatter cones

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Bartolomé Island
August 2, 2010

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Dry

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Rock window

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Pinnacle rock

galapagos
August 2, 2010

It was unfortunate that we hiked up Bartolomé Island and hiked up at sunset. Although the light was generally beautiful, Pinnacle Rock was backlight which produced very unsatisfyinbg results.

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Land, sea, and clouds

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August 1, 2010

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Daphne Major

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Daphne Major
July 26, 2010

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The Daphnes

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July 26, 2010

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Las Grietas, Santa Cruz

Where the waters meet

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Santa Cruz
July 27, 2010

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En route

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Las Grietas, Santa Cruz
July 27, 2010

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Floreana

The post office

galapagos barrel

Floreana
July 29, 2010

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Letter barrel

galapagos barrel

Floreana
Canon 50D
July 29, 2010

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The barrel post box guardian

galapagos
Floreana
Canon 50D
July 29, 2010

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Carlos inspects the mail

galapagos barrel

Floreana
July 29, 2010
Canon 50D

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Vessels

Isabela II takes a bow

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I2

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The panga experience

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August, 2010

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A

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A contrasted

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Three masted

3 masted

July 30, 2010
50D

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Unmoored

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Isabela II guestbook

Mining gems from the guestbook

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Isabela II
August 3, 2010 (Brother's day)

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Angemeyer
August 2, 2010

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A foggy notion of what to expect on arrival

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July 26, 2010

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Graffiti

galapagos
August 1, 2010

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Chicken of the Sea

galapagos
August 1, 2010

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galapagos
August 2, 2010

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Sunset

Sunset

galapagos
Canon Rebel T1i,
August 2, 2010

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Sunset

galapagos
Floreana
July 29, 2010

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The Trip Itinerary - July 26, 2010 - August 3, 2010 (Brothers' Day)

+ July 26, 2010 - Arrive on Balta Island from Quito, transfer to San Cruz, Angermeyer Hotel in Puerto Ayora

+ July 27, 2010 - San Cruz, Return to Balta Island to board the Isabela II;
Las Grietas
sea lions, pelicans, yellow warblers, lava gulls, finches, cactus, barnacles

+ July 27, 2010 - afternoon excursion to North Seymour Island
Mockingbirds, sea lions

+ July 28, 2010 - Española (Hood) Island
albatross, blow hole, nazca boobies

+ July 29, 2010 - Floreana (Santa Maria, Charles) Island
barrel post box

+ July 30, 2010 - Santa Cruz (Indefatigable) Island
Charles Darwin Research Foundation, Giant tortoises, Puerto Ayora

+ July 31, 2010 - Genovesa (Tower) Island
Red-footed boobies

+ August 1, 2010 - Isabela (Albemarle) and Fernandina (Narborough) Islands

+ August 2, 2010 - Santiago (San Salvador, James) and Bartolomé Islands
Hike up volcano on Bartolomé, view of Pinnacle Rock

+ August 3, 2010 (Brother's day) - Transfer from Santa Cruz to Balta and fly to Quito

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With special thanks to our guides - Carlos, Vivi, and Walter

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Also spotted but not photographed: whales, many breeching manta rays

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Other relevant animals pages

+ Boobies
+ Albatross
+ Penguins
+ Sea lions
+ Seals
+ Iguanas

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Ecuador

+ Quito 2010

+ Galápagos 2010

+ Galápagos 2010 people

+ Darwin's adventures in the Galápagos

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Other South America - photo links

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Darwinning - link to other Darwin pages

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Created: August 6, 2010
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