|Prince Philip's Steps, Tower Island|
May 7, 2005
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|Some Galapagos fur sealions|| ||A brown pelican watches our panga go by|| ||A white red footed booby|| ||A Nazca booby|
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|A red footed booby of the usual colour|| ||Nazca booby staring competition|| ||Everyone tries to photograph a tropic bird|| || |
|First of all we had a panga ride along the cliffs and saw lots of beautiful tropic birds which are white with lovely long red and yellow tails. We also saw a few fur sealions which have a very bear-like face.|
The afternoon landing started with us climbing up Prince Philip's Steps, although I do think the word "steps" was a bit of an overstatement! It was more like bits of rock that might vaguely resemble steps at a distance. Anyway, after climbing those we saw a very eerie island - there were lots of bare white trees with red footed boobies nesting in them. I do like their funny webbed feet. There were more frigate birds - they seem to be everywhere - and also Nazca boobies which are black and white. We looked for a short eared owl for ages, but didn't see one, but I do remember that they blend in very well and are hard to spot even when you know exactly where they are.
The best bit was when Mario and Paolo (one of the guests) rescued a young frigate bird that had got stuck in a crevice. Paolo spotted it, and Mario climbed down and handed it up with his jacket over its head. What a hero. Then poor Mario dropped his wallet down another creavice. Oops.
This evening we had a talk on geology which was interesting.