Genovesa

We woke up in a bay on Genovesa, also known as Tower. The bay (Darwin Bay) is, in fact, an old caldera. Binoculars and scope before breakfast as there. were birds nesting on the cliffs. After breakfast we were issued with our wetsuits and snorkelling equipment and given brief instructions. we were a bit unsure about this activity and confessed to being novices and not strong swimmers. But we were encouraged to join in.

We started with a wet landing on the beach and a short pre-snorkel walk (short distance but slow walking). We saw nesting red-footed boobies Nazca boobies and frigate birds, none of whom were at all bothered by our presence. Also around on the beach were swallow-tailed gulls, lava gulls, mockingbirds, ruddy turnstones, Galapagos doves and at least two types of finch (Galapagos ground finch and cactus finch apparently). And flying high above were the splendid red-billed tropic birds who have long narrow tails.

It was then time for our first attempt at snorkelling. Pepe took the two of us out with a life belt (everybody else had done it before) and we began to see the fish, stingrays burying down in the sand, pirate fish and others. We finished by having a short go on our own.

Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican
Swallow-tailed Gull
Swallow-tailed Gull
Sea Lions
Sea Lions
Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Crab
Crab
Great Frigatebird
Great Frigatebird
Red-footed Booby
Red-footed Booby
Great Frigatebird
Great Frigatebird
Swallow-tailed Gull
Swallow-tailed Gull
Baby Frigatebird
Baby Frigatebird
White Red-footed Booby
White Red-footed Booby
Red-footed Booby
Red-footed Booby
Swallow-tailed Gull and egg
Swallow-tailed Gull and egg
Ruddy Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone
Galapagos Dove
Galapagos Dove
Great Frigatebird
Great Frigatebird
Nazca Booby
Nazca Booby
Nazca Booby
Nazca Booby
Baby Frigatebird
Baby Frigatebird
Galapagos Mockingbird
Galapagos Mockingbird
Darwin Finch
Darwin Finch
Turtle
Turtle
Red-billed Tropicbird
Red-billed Tropicbird
Lava Gull
Lava Gull


In the afternoon we had a second attempt at snorkelling. This was deep water snorkelling and we both found it harder. After that we went for a walk across the island to some lava beds in search of short-eared owls. They feed on the storm petrels when they return from the sea to the crevaces in the lava. The search was successful as we found two, one of them very close. Both were still waiting for petrels on our return walk.

Yellow Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Marine Iguanas
Marine Iguanas
Marine Iguana
Marine Iguana
Marine Iguanas
Marine Iguanas
Shoreline with Petrels
Shoreline with Petrels
Short-eared Owl
Short-eared Owl
Red-billed Tropicbird
Red-billed Tropicbird
Red-footed Boobys
Red-footed Boobys
Red-footed Booby
Red-footed Booby