Ecuador's Galapagos Islands - 2003

The swallow-tailed gulls were pairing off on Genovesa too though without the really big show. And their red eye-ring added to the many shades and meanings of that color on this arid island. It had received no rain this year at all yet, so it will be hard on the animals and birds that do not desert the island during drought conditions.

Later on in the afternoon, we went by Zodiac to another part of Genovesa to see where the red-footed boobies were courting, nesting and rearing chicks. The climb up the perilous Prince Phillip Steps (so named because they were carved out of the cliff face for his visit a few years back) was well worth the effort. We were rewarded with several wonderful sightings here too.


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