Red Footed Booby

  “Red Footed Booby” I’ll never forget our visit on Tower Island – Genovesa Island in the Galapagos and the cacophony of nesting bird calls. Fondly known as the Bird Island, Genovesa Island hosts three types of booby birds, Magnificent Frigatebird and many others nesting on the island. The Island is barren save the mangroves…

Santa Cruz Island – Cerro Dragon

Continuing on our Galapagos adventure an afternoon stop at Cerro Dragon cove and wetland brought a contrast in landscapes. A rocky and sandy cove dotted with large cacti greeted us. A dry landing onto volcanic rock brought us to the trail. A resting volcano stood in the distance with brilliant yellow flowers covering the landscape.…

Guava Eating Tortoises at Rancho Primicias

A visit to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos provides two unique opportunities to enjoy the Galapagos Tortoise. The first is a must visit located on the outskirts of town at the Charles Darwin Research Station. The tortoises located on the Research Station are used for educational and conservation purposes. However, Santa…

The Fish Market

Imagine a place with blue skies and turquoise warm waters. Where local fisherman bring their early morning catch to sell. A place where nature and man have learned to co-exist next to each other. The Fish Market at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos is such a place. It was mid morning when my…

The Charles Darwin Research Station

Traveling among the isolated and remote islands of Galapagos, one begins to wonder if man inhabits any of these islands. But there is such a place, a change of pace from the natural world that nearly all the ship’s itineraries include. Located on Santa Cruz Island is Puerto Ayora. With a population of about 12,000…

Springtime!

Changing the channel on you today. The Galapagos still awaits for us, but in the meantime Spring has Sprung on the Chesapeake Bay. Due to a longer winter, migration movements of beautiful song birds have been delayed and are more concentrated. Birders have been thrilled the past week with the quantity and variety of birds…