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The Birds of Paradise

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We’ve had many ‘National Geographic’ moments around the globe but few are quite as memorable as our encounters with the animals that thrive off the nutrient-rich waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands. Charles Darwin may have been disappointed with the generally drab finches, (although it was the variations in these birds from island to island that confirmed his belief in evolution), but the skies, (and souvenirs), here are abuzz with seabirds of every size and hue…
Red footed birds are a dime a dozen in the world and there are many in the Galapagos - like this slender-legged beauty wading in the salt-marshes of Santa Cruz island …
But birds with bright blue feet are surely cartoon characters…
Not so… This is one of the famous blue-footed boobies which, along with their nocturnal red-footed cousins, are emblematic of this remote archipelago…

Penguins, flamingos and albatrosses can also be seen at certain times on some islands, while great flocks of elegant frigate birds soar constantly above the islands' cliffs…
Photographing birds in flight is always a difficult task, but snapping them from the bobbing deck of a small boat offshore is almost impossible. We did however manage to catch the mating ritual of some frigate birds on camera…
The males inflate their chests into an enormous red balloon as a show of virility.
We are not ornithologists and can identify few birds – but we know pretty ones when we see them…
The fearless, lumbering pelicans are the real comedians. No fisherman’s catch is safe when this guy is waddling along the quayside in search of an easy meal…

When it comes to easy meals - this little chap joined us for breakfast every morning on San Cristobal and sang sweetly to us before tucking into our bread, butter and jam…
Sadly we soon have to say goodbye to our little friend as we head back to the Ecuadorian mainland and the ancient port of Guayaquil.

Posted by Hawkson 08:00 Archived in Ecuador

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It must be hard to leave such a rich environment. I love the blue- footed boobies. Looks like one of those magical places in the world that is unlike any other.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Astounding. I was most impressed by the shade of pink in the legs of the pigeon and long-legged shore bird.

by R and B

What a gift you give...bringing these remarkable places to us through your outstanding pictures and brilliant descriptions. As someone who knows she will not ever get to these exotic places, I so much appreciate having them brought to me. Thank you...

by Sharron

The blue footed guy would look great on a birthday card! What a stunning variety of bird life. Most be a corresponding wonderful variety of bird song. Here's a bird joke to speed you on your way. Two crows sitting in a tree were charged with attempted murder.

Look forward to the next post.

by Tom

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