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Galapagos Islands: 11/28/2006 - 12/12/2006 (Center on Map)

Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis)



Baltra, our welcome to the Galapagos South Plaza Island Postcard beach II, Isla Floreana
Franklins Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan) Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla) Nazca Booby (Sula granti) With Chick Nazca Booby (Sula granti) Black-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus erythropthalmus) Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
Galapagos Heron (Butorides sundevalli) Galapagos Heron (Butorides sundevalli) Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) Juvenile Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii)
Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) And Friends Lava Gull (Larus fuliginosus)
Lava Gull (Larus fuliginosus) Galapagos Ghost Crab (Ocypode gaudichaudii  ) Striated Heron (Butorides striatus) Striated Heron (Butorides striatus) Waved Albatross (Diomedea irrorata) Waved Albatross (Diomedea irrorata) Mating Ritual

We flew to Baltra in the Galapagos to join an 8 day expedition on the S.S. Samba. Our boat expedition visited Isla Plaza Sur, Isla Santa Cruz, Isla Española, Isla Floreana, Isla Isabella, Isla Fernandina, and Isla Santiago. At the end of the boat trip, we took another smaller boat to Isla Isabella to visit the highlands, made some day trips around Puerto Ayora, and I did an scuba dive at Isla Santiago.

Sites Visited - Click on a link to read the blog!

Isla Baltra, Galapagos Islands (11/28/2006)
Isla Plaza Sur, Galapagos Islands (11/28/2006)
Isla Santa Cruz - Highlands, Galapagos Islands (11/29/2006)
Isla Santa Cruz - Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands (11/29/2006)
Isla Española, Galapagos Islands (11/30/2006)
Isla Floreana - Punta Flores, Galapagos Islands (12/1/2006)
Isla Isabella - Puerta Villamil, Galapagos Islands (12/1/2006)
Isla Isabella - Punta Moreno, Galapagos Islands (12/2/2006)
Isla Fernandina - Punta Espinosa, Galapagos Islands (12/3/2006)
Isla Isabella - Punta Vicente Roca, Galapagos Islands (12/3/2006)
Isla Santiago - James Bay, Galapagos Islands (12/4/2006)
Isla Baltra, Galapagos Islands (12/5/2006)
Isla Santa Cruz - Turtle Bay, Galapagos Islands (12/5/2006)
Isla Isabella - Puerta Villamil, Galapagos Islands (12/6/2006)
Isla Santa Cruz - Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands (12/6/2006)
Isla Isabella - Highlands, Galapagos Islands (12/7/2006)
Isla Isabella - Puerta Villamil, Galapagos Islands (12/7/2006)
Isla Isabella - Puerta Villamil, Galapagos Islands (12/8/2006)
Isla Santa Cruz - Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands (12/9/2006)
Isla Santa Cruz - Highlands, Galapagos Islands (12/11/2006)
Isla Santa Cruz - Puerto Ayora, Galapagos Islands (12/11/2006)
Isla Baltra, Galapagos Islands (12/12/2006)


Species Recorded (73)

Birds ( 59 )

Shoebill ( Balaenicipitidae )
Brown Pelican - Pelecanus occidentalis

Penguins ( Spheniscidae )
Galapagos Penguin - Spheniscus mendiculus

Albatrosses ( Diomedeidae )
Waved Albatross - Phoebastria irrorata

Shearwaters and Petrels ( Procellariidae )
Galapagos Petrel - Pterodroma phaeopygia
Galapagos Shearwater - Puffinus subalaris

Storm Petrels ( Hydrobatidae )
Elliot's Storm-Petrel - Oceanites gracilis
Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel - Oceanodroma tethys

Tropicbirds ( Phaethontidae )
Red-billed Tropicbird - Phaethon aethereus

Boobies and Gannets ( Sulidae )
Nazca Booby - Sula granti
Blue-footed Booby - Sula nebouxii

Cormorants ( Phalacrocoracidae )
Flightless Cormorant - Phalacrocorax harrisi

Frigatebirds ( Fregatidae )
Magnificent Frigatebird - Fregata magnificens
Great Frigatebird - Fregata minor

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Great Egret - Ardea alba
Great Blue Heron - Ardea herodias
Cattle Egret - Bubulcus ibis
Striated Heron - Butorides striata
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - Nyctanassa violacea

Flamingos ( Phoenicopteridae )
American Flamingo - Phoenicopterus ruber

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
White-cheeked Pintail - Anas bahamensis
Blue-winged Teal - Anas discors

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Galapagos Hawk - Buteo galapagoensis

Rails, Gallinules, and Allies ( Rallidae )
Common Gallinule - Gallinula galeata
Paint-billed Crake - Mustelirallus erythrops

Plovers ( Charadriidae )
Semipalmated Plover - Charadrius semipalmatus
Black-bellied Plover - Pluvialis squatarola

Oystercatchers ( Haematopodidae )
American Oystercatcher - Haematopus palliatus

Stilts and Avocets ( Recurvirostridae )
Black-necked Stilt - Himantopus mexicanus

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Ruddy Turnstone - Arenaria interpres
Sanderling - Calidris alba
Western Sandpiper - Calidris mauri
Least Sandpiper - Calidris minutilla
Whimbrel - Numenius phaeopus
Red-necked Phalarope - Phalaropus lobatus
Wandering Tattler - Tringa incana

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Brown Noddy - Anous stolidus
Swallow-tailed Gull - Creagrus furcatus
Laughing Gull - Leucophaeus atricilla
Lava Gull - Leucophaeus fuliginosus
Franklin's Gull - Leucophaeus pipixcan

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Galapagos Dove - Zenaida galapagoensis

Cuckoos ( Cuculidae )
Smooth-billed Ani - Crotophaga ani

Barn Owl and Grass-owls ( Tytonidae )
Barn Owl - Tyto alba

( Coccyzidae )
Dark-billed Cuckoo - Coccyzus melacoryphus

Tyrant Flycatchers ( Tyrannidae )
Galapagos Flycatcher - Myiarchus magnirostris
Vermilion Flycatcher - Pyrocephalus rubinus

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Galapagos Martin - Progne modesta

Mockingbirds, Thrashers, and Allies ( Mimidae )
Espanola Mockingbird - Mimus macdonaldi
Galapagos Mockingbird - Mimus parvulus

Wood-warblers ( Parulidae )
Yellow Warbler - Setophaga petechia

Tanagers ( Thraupidae )
Green Warbler-Finch - Certhidea olivacea

Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, and Allies ( Emberizinae )
Woodpecker Finch - Camarhynchus pallidus
Small Tree-Finch - Camarhynchus parvulus
Large Cactus-Finch - Geospiza conirostris
Medium Ground-Finch - Geospiza fortis
Small Ground-Finch - Geospiza fuliginosa
Large Ground-Finch - Geospiza magnirostris
Common Cactus-Finch - Geospiza scandens
Vegetarian Finch - Platyspiza crassirostris

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