Santa Cruz

During the night we had sailed to the North side of Santa Cruz. The boat was surrounded by pelicans, blue-footed boobies and brown noddys. We could also see the occasional shark. After breakfast we went for a boat ride into a mangrove bay. Here we saw more blue-footed boobies, various herons, pelicans and a whimbrel. We were lucky enough to see a Hawksbill turtle as well as the much more common green turtles. This bay was a nursery area for sharks but we only saw one baby.

Pelican
Pelican
Birds by the boat
Birds by the boat
Brown Noddy
Brown Noddy
Blue-footed Booby
Blue-footed Booby
Whimbrel
Whimbrel
Hawksbill Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Egret
Egret
Pelican
Pelican
Frigate Bird
Frigate Bird
Blu-footed Boobys
Blu-footed Boobys
Sally Lightfoot Crab
Sally Lightfoot Crab
Cacti
Cacti
Female Frigate Bird
Female Frigate Bird
Male Frigate bird
Male Frigate bird
Petrel
Petrel


After lunch Camilla had another go at deep sea snorkelling but David wimped out. She did see a marbelled stingray, star fish and sea urchins. We then went for a walk on Dragon Hill where we saw marine iguanas, in and out of the water, land iguanas, piled on top of each other, lizards as well as various birds.

Shore line near Dragon Hill
Shore line near Dragon Hill
Marine Iguana
Marine Iguana
Crabs and beach
Crabs and beach
Marine Iguana
Marine Iguana
Cacti
Cacti
Marine Iguana
Marine Iguana
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Beach
Beach
Marine Iguana swimming
Marine Iguana swimming
Galapagos Heron
Galapagos Heron
Sand Lizard
Sand Lizard
Marine Iguana
Marine Iguana
Lagoon
Lagoon
Darwin Finch
Darwin Finch
Land Iguana
Land Iguana
Cactus Finch
Cactus Finch
Land Iguana
Land Iguana
Galapagos Flycatcher
Galapagos Flycatcher