Galapagos: Tower Island

Tower Island had a wealth of wildlife. We saw two different varieties of booby – the gallery below shows masked boobies nesting. You could get amazingly close, as you can see. One has both an egg and a chick, another has a broken egg and a dead chick.

These are the red-footed boobies – cute, but my favourites are still the blue-footed boobies in the previous post.

Swallow-tailed gulls also had chicks –

– as did the frigatebirds. The black bird here is a deflated male – see the previous post for shots of that magnificent red pouch inflated.

This is a lava heron and a yellow-crowned night heron:

Marine iguanas were everywhere!

And there were people, of course there were people, but not too many. The young lady with the cap is our guide, Cathy. Tourism to Galapagos is strictly controlled and you can’t land on any of the islands without a guide. As for that T-shirt – I still have it, but it’s never seen outside the house.

Final Galapagos post next Thursday!

31 thoughts on “Galapagos: Tower Island

  1. anotherday2paradise March 6, 2016 / 17:40

    Such an abundance of wildlife, Anabel. I think I’d love it there too. Gosh, it seems like iguanas are indeed everywhere. I’ve just been outside taking photos of one in our backyard. 🙂


  2. Denzil March 6, 2016 / 16:30

    Amazing you could get so close to them. Is that because they have no fear of people? Even after a couple of hundred of years of visitors?


    • Anabel Marsh March 6, 2016 / 16:57

      Yes – visitors are quite sparse and they have no reason to fear them as they have never done them any harm.


  3. darwinontherocks March 4, 2016 / 20:58

    Lovely pictures ! The different types of birds are really awesome, the masked boobies are quite interesting but my favourite are the blue footed.. they look so silly !


  4. restlessjo March 4, 2016 / 19:36

    Do those red footed boobies have pale blue beaks, or is it just the lighting? It would be too much of a coincidence? 🙂


    • Anabel Marsh March 4, 2016 / 20:40

      No, they are blue. I much prefer the colour coordination of the blue footed ones!

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  5. Birgit March 4, 2016 / 18:46

    So many males can feel deflated when the gals don’t give them what they want:) Love the wildlife and those iguanas crack me up for some reason


  6. cassam101 March 4, 2016 / 14:38

    You are so young in that photo and so lucky to have visited such a place.


  7. Lori L MacLaughlin March 3, 2016 / 18:36

    Such interesting birds. And I like the lizards, too. Now I have to go back and see the blue-footed boobies you mentioned.


  8. joylovestravel March 3, 2016 / 14:31

    Amazing how close those birds allow you to go – gorgeous pictures Anabel. I think the little blue footed guy is my favourite too though!!


  9. hilarymb March 3, 2016 / 11:41

    Hi Anabel – gosh you were lucky to visit and when it was very quiet there. But the wildlife must be fantastic to see … lovely photos and I’d love to visit … the T shirt isn’t so bad – shows the birds off well! Cheers Hilary


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