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More Wildlife in the Galapagos

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Here is another post featuring the wildlife that we got to see in the Galapagos.

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A fine example of the Swallow-tailed Gull which is endemic to the Galapagos Islands. This gull is unique in that it only feeds at night and far away from land

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Another of the many, many sea birds

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One of Darwin's Finches

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Frigate bird nesting area showing a female and several juveniles at different stages of development. The hatchlings are fed by the parents for weeks and weeks

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Male Frigate bird expanding his chest in order to impress the females. This mating behaviour was evident all over this island

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More displays from the male Frigate birds

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Frigate bird nesting area. Gives you an idea how close people walk to the nesting area. There are literally dozens of people using this walk way every week yet the Frigate birds continue to nest there every year

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Flamingo feeding in a little lagoon

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The ever present sea lions lounging about at the local marina. They appear to be a local pest on the inhabited islands

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Path made in the beach sand of a female turtle going up the beach to lay her eggs. Because of the tidal action we know this turtle made these tracks within the past 12 hours.

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We happened to see a freshly hatched baby turtle making its way to the ocean. despite the many predators this one actually made it to the ocean while our group watched

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Endemic to seven of the Galapagos islands, the Galapagos tortoise is the largest living species of tortoise in the world. Averaging more that four feet in length and weighing in excess of 500 pounds, the life span of these giants is normally over 100 years and there is a record of one in captivity living 170 years. Here are two fine examples of the Galapagos tortoise who are housed in a preserve that we visited

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More Galapagos tortoises in the preserve

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In the highlands tortoises roam wild in open farmland like we might see a wild deer

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Wild tortoises foraging in open farmland in the highlands

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Sea Lion rolling around looking for some attention - they must be related to dogs

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Earlier we had pictures of the marine Iguanas, here is a picture of a land Iguanas

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Local wildlife makes an appearance at the fish market

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Please just one more bunch of scraps - more wild life at the fish market

Posted by DavidandHazel 16:12 Archived in Ecuador

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These animals were so great to see. Thanks!

by Sue

Thank you for sharing these amaizing photos

by Geayt

great pics!

by joanne corkum

Gotta love these wildlife shots-- thanks !!!!

by Beth

Small world. We are in Costra Rica expecting to see the turtles come out of the ocean and climb up on the beach in the evening to lay their eggs. You took some outstsnding shots!

by Jill

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