Fernandina and Isabela

Overnight there were 14 hours of navigation. We started with a dry landing on Fernandina (Punta Espinoza). We saw a snake briefly, a Galapagos hawk, many marine iguanas getting warmed up before going into the sea, a few lava lizards, some sealions and a family of flightless cormorants.

After that, while others were snorkelling we had a boat ride. Amongst other things we saw our first Galapagos penguins and a Galapagos hawk sharing a rock with a marine iguana.

Marine Iguanas
Marine Iguanas
Marine Iguanas
Marine Iguanas
Lizard in process of shedding skin
Lizard in process of shedding skin
Baby Sealion
Baby Sealion
Sally Lightfoot Crab
Sally Lightfoot Crab
Marine Iguana
Marine Iguana
Flightless Cormorant
Flightless Cormorant
Flightless Cormorant
Flightless Cormorant
Flightless Cormorants
Flightless Cormorants
Marine Iguanas
Marine Iguanas
Baby Sealion
Baby Sealion
Baby Sealion
Baby Sealion
Galapagos Hawk
Galapagos Hawk
Galapagos Hawk
Galapagos Hawk
Pelican
Pelican
Marine Iguanas
Marine Iguanas
Sealions
Sealions
Marine Iguanas
Marine Iguanas
Green Sea Turtlr
Green Sea Turtlr
Sealion swimming
Sealion swimming
Galapagos Hawk
Galapagos Hawk
Pelican
Pelican
Galapagos Penguins
Galapagos Penguins
Galapagos Penguins
Galapagos Penguins
Swimming Penguins
Swimming Penguins
Blue-footed Boobys
Blue-footed Boobys
Pelican
Pelican


We now had a couple of hours navigation to Urvina Bay on Isabela.

After lunch and a respite the plans were for a wet landing and a short walk. However a humpback whale and calf decided to swim between us and the shore. This held things up as we no longer went straight across to the shore but followed the whales for a while, during which the baby breached.

The landing was tricky as it was quite rough and the beach had a steep camber. Once on shore, however, we soon saw giant tortoises, the first that we had seen in the wild. We also saw, among other birds, a vermillion flyatcher. In addition there were several land iguanas wandering around. Our route back to the boat was again not direct as the whales were still around and were again closely pursued.

It was a good day!

Giant Tortoise
Giant Tortoise
Giant Tortoise
Giant Tortoise
Giant Tortoise
Giant Tortoise
Yellow flower
Yellow flower
Grasshopper
Grasshopper
Vermillion Flycatcher
Vermillion Flycatcher
Land Iguana
Land Iguana
Land Iguana
Land Iguana
Woodpecker Finch
Woodpecker Finch
Land Iguana
Land Iguana
Galapagos Mockingbird
Galapagos Mockingbird
Baby Humpback Whale Breaching
Baby Humpback Whale Breaching