19 November 2010

Volcanic Islands of Lava...GALAPAGOS: 12 Nov 2010

Today we also got our first Lava Gull, that with an estimated world population of just 600-800 or so birds is arguably the rarest gull in the world (top photo). This one was a juvenile photographed on Santa Cruz, while picking up our first finches: both Small and Medium Ground Finches, and our first Wandering Tattlers. (Bottom photo is Small Ground Finch).

At night we had a short cruise to the south of Santa Cruz, where we were to venture in to the finch-loaded highlands, and see more reptilean residents of these reptile-dominated islands...

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