Tag Archives: Fernandina

Fernandina lavaflow

Looks like cow manure or perhaps chocolate mousse? Aperture: ƒ/5 Camera: NIKON D700 Taken: 4 December, 2011 17:40 Focal length: 150mm ISO: 1000 Shutter speed: 1/100 s

Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi)

The population is limited to Fernandina and portions of Isabela, and is as a species vulnerable. It’s an agile swimmer and and expert of catching fish – on land it is a different matter. Perfectly camouflaged against the black lava rocks. Where is evolution going? Will the wings be nothing more than a Penguin’s in […]

American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus galapagensis)

What a difference in behavior to the European Oystercatcher! The European Oystercatcher is extraordinarily vocal and territorial. Here they are heard now and then, and their “song contests” are short lived, even though they are nesting. I assume this is due to few individuals in the vicinity, and that a denser population would call for […]

Galápagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki)

The landing on Punta Espinoza is a wide open sandy beach amidst young lavarock, that looks like solidified manure. I saw many sea lion pups here, and this one was the cutest – curious, but mostly into observing. Others were extremely playful and inquisitive, and I felt I had to move out of the way, […]

Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus)

Yet another life form unique to the Galapagos. They look so prehistoric and alien, but when you observe them a bit closer you’ll see a rather peaceful being. Only the males are territorial and become aggressive when challenged by other males. Aperture: ƒ/7.1 Camera: NIKON D3S Taken: 4 December, 2011 15:46 Focal length: 500mm ISO: […]