Galapagos: North Seymour and Bartolome Islands

Blue footed booby

North Seymour Island was our first port of call in the Galapagos Islands, and it set a high standard for the rest – who wouldn’t love the blue footed boobies? Of course, as so often in nature, it was the male who displayed the colours. We observed the blue feet in action as part of the mating ritual. The male moves from one foot to the other, and when their beautiful blueness has attracted a female he uses his beak to give her the first twig to start a nest. Sort of like an engagement ring? One poor little chap was pounding away so much that he had worn a hollow in the sand with not a female in sight. My heart bled for him!

We also saw frigate birds with their massive, blown-out red chests (the male again) and some very chilled sea-lions. It was our first indication of just how close you could get to the birds and animals – they didn’t see humans as a threat at all. I hope that’s still true today after the massive increase in tourism in Galapagos.

Sullivan Bay and Pinnacle Rock, Bartolome Island

I have fewer wildlife photos of Bartolomé Island – this was a snorkelling stop. However, we did get a sighting (I think from the boat) of Galapagos penguins, the only penguins that live north of the equator in the wild. And a rather less laid back sea-lion – this one looks very pleased with himself!

More islands to come next Thursday!



  1. We have a couple of boxes of slides in the loft too 🙂 I agree that it’s amazing how close you got, Anabel. That’s a very appealing shade of blue. Maybe if I run around outdoors with no socks on I’ll get the same effect?


  2. What fabulous memories you must have of this trip. Lovely photos too. I have never snorkelled, not even on the Barrier Reef! I’m not good at putting my head under water.


  3. Hi Anabel – that must have been a wonderful treat – such a trip for a lifetime … I’d love to visit – perhaps one day .. cheers Hilary


  4. Waaaah! I can’t read! So cruel. I’ve not been (yet) though my family has, well the children. Far too jealous to enjoy his (though the pictures are fabulous). They raved about the snorkelling? I’m nit a snorkelling sort of traveller. Did you?


    • I didn’t snorkel that time, though John did. I can’t remember where I had previously tried it and ended up spluttering. Anyway, I finally snorkelled a few years later at the Barrier Reef when it would have been totally stupid not to, but I’m still uncomfortable with it.

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