Santiago and Rabida

We arrived, after a fairly rough night, at Puerto Egas on Santiago. At one time there were salt mines here and there had been an attempt to create a village. The landing this morning was wet. We changed into walking shoes and took a shore walk. There were many birds, including whimbrels, ruddy turnstones, American oystercatchers, a wandering tatler, plovers, yellow warblers, a Galapagos dove, a Galapagos Hawk and the usual unidentified Darwin Finches. There were also great blue, striated (or lava) and Galapagos herons. Out at sea there were Blue-footed Boobies and pelicancs diving and, at one point, a couple of dolphins swam by. Towards the turning point we went on some lava shelfs where there were Galapagos fur seals resting.

Santiago Shore
Santiago Shore
Yellow flower
Yellow flower
Sealion
Sealion
Marine Iguanas
Marine Iguanas
Sealions
Sealions
Iguanas and Crabs
Iguanas and Crabs
Baby Sealion
Baby Sealion
American Oystercatchers
American Oystercatchers
Galapagos Flycatcher
Galapagos Flycatcher
Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Whimbrel
Whimbrel
Ruddy Turnstones
Ruddy Turnstones
Whimbrel and Ruddy Turnstone
Whimbrel and Ruddy Turnstone
Whimbrel
Whimbrel
Lava
Lava
Galapagos Flycatcher
Galapagos Flycatcher
American Oystercatcher and Crabs
American Oystercatcher and Crabs
Diving Blue-footed Booby
Diving Blue-footed Booby
Lava bed
Lava bed
Sand and lava
Sand and lava
Fur Seal
Fur Seal
Cactus
Cactus
Galapagos Dove
Galapagos Dove
Galapagos Hawk
Galapagos Hawk


During lunch we had another spell of navigation to take us to Rabida. Here we had a wet landing on a very red beach and took a short walk up to a viewpoint where some shearwaters were showing off their flying skills. David and I then took a walk by an inland lagoon and back along the beach. We saw various birds including oystercatchers, semi-palmated plovers, and wandering tattlers.

Rabida Beach
Rabida Beach
Cactus
Cactus
Sand Lizard
Sand Lizard
Beach and Lagoon
Beach and Lagoon
Audubon's Shearwaters
Audubon's Shearwaters
Female Frigate Bird
Female Frigate Bird
Rabida Shoreline
Rabida Shoreline
American Oystercatchers
American Oystercatchers
Wandering Tattler
Wandering Tattler
Semipalmated Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Sealion
Sealion
Sealions
Sealions
Sealion on the beach
Sealion on the beach
Red cliffs of Rabida
Red cliffs of Rabida
Sand Lizard
Sand Lizard
Galapagos Mockinbird
Galapagos Mockinbird
Wandering Tattler
Wandering Tattler
Wandering Tattler
Wandering Tattler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Galapagos Mockingbird
Galapagos Mockingbird
Shell on red sand
Shell on red sand