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Re: 2012 Birds
« Reply #30 on: June 18, 2012, 10:25:16 AM »

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Re: 2012 Birds
« Reply #31 on: June 24, 2012, 02:09:15 PM »

Our next stop on our visit to the Galapagos brought us to Puerto Villamil on Isla Isabela.  Here are some of the birds we saw there:

1. Lava Heron

Lava Heron (Butorides sundevalli) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Greater Flamingos

Greater Flamingos of Isla Isabela by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. A shaky Whimbrel (taken while moving in a bouncy "bus")


Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Diving Blue-footed Booby

Blue-Footed Booby Diving by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Yellow Warbler (Galapagos subspecies)

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Our posing friends...

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Guardian of the trail.

Magnificent Frigatebird in silouhette by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole set (including a bunch of sealions and iguanas) can be seen at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157630269839266/with/7434363794/

I hope you enjoy them!

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Re: 2012 Birds
« Reply #32 on: June 25, 2012, 05:57:34 PM »

Man those Herons really can adapt~ and that diving photo is very very cool
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Re: 2012 Birds
« Reply #33 on: July 03, 2012, 01:49:29 PM »

Day 5 of our time on the Galapagos brought us to Isla Fernandina and the west coast of Isabela.  The snorkeling was amazing (turtles, turtles, turtles!!) and it was our only chance to see a Galapagos Hawk.

Here are the birds of the day:

1. Galapagos Hawk:

Galapagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. The omnipresent Brown Pelican:

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Wandering Tattler

Wandering Tattler (Tringa Incana) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Flightless Cormorant (explaining to an Iguana why he can'g fly?)

Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Young Galapagos Penguin Molting

Young Galapagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) molting. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Brown Noddy and chick

Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) with chick by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Blue-footed Booby on the cliffs.

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The whole day's set can be seen at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157630377805080/

Oh, and the turtle video from snorkeling is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJqNVtFCJ6Y

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Re: 2012 Birds
« Reply #34 on: July 05, 2012, 02:04:34 PM »

Something a little more local:


Rufous Hummingbird in Flight by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

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Re: 2012 Birds
« Reply #35 on: July 11, 2012, 08:50:54 AM »

Our last full day of time in the Galapagos was spent touring Santiago and Rabida Islands.  Notable for the very bright red sand on one and dark black sand on the other, it was a day of contrasts.

1. Yellow-Crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Frigatebird with fish

Battle Royale! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Dogfight!

Battle Royale! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Seeing double?

Seeing double? by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Blue-Footed Booby inflight

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) inflight by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Going in!

Going in! by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

8. Galapagos Dove

Galápagos Dove (Zenaida galapagoensis) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

As usual, there are a lot of other pictures too.. many of seals and sealions.  The full set of the day is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157630524241744/with/7548072656/

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Re: 2012 Birds
« Reply #36 on: July 16, 2012, 08:29:32 AM »

Birds of Daphne Major and Dapne Minor, Galapagos, Ecuador

Our last morning in the Galapagos had us cruise around the islands of Daphne Major and Dapne Minor.  One last chance to see a few more of the beautiful species in the Galapagos.

1) Next the tortoise, one of the iconic symbols of the Galapagos

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2) Blue-Footed Booby on the wing

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3) Brown Noddy - finally not hiding under a cliff!

Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4) Red-billed Tropicbird

Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5) Brown Noddies in the surf.

Brown Noddies fishing. by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6) The island of Dapne Minor

The sheer cliffs of Daphne minor by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7) And a big mechanical bird with Daphne Major (left) and Daphne Minor (right) in the background.

Lining up to Leave by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The day's photos can be seen here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonspeed/sets/72157630594310312/with/7578664538/

Our cruise through the Galapagos was 8D7N and took us to many interesting places.  For sheer volume of birds, Genovesa was amazing with the breeding red-footed boobies and nazca boobies as well as Frigatebird colony and swallow-tail gulls. 

I understand that some of the southern islands, if you time it right, you get to see the waved albatross, but we had to make SOME compromises.  An amazing insight into this little group of volcanic islands that grew up away from the rest of us.

I hope you've all enjoyed the various photos I posted over the past month of the incredible birds on these islands.

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Re: 2012 Birds
« Reply #37 on: July 16, 2012, 02:48:21 PM »

Educational and gorgeous posts! plus I love the word Frigate lol
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Re: 2012 Birds
« Reply #38 on: July 16, 2012, 04:22:16 PM »

I'm glad you've enjoyed them!

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Re: 2012 Birds
« Reply #39 on: July 25, 2012, 03:17:44 PM »

Great stuff!

I will contribute a few that I took this past weekend in South Eastern Alberta. 

(they are just snap shots though)
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Re: 2012 Birds
« Reply #40 on: July 25, 2012, 03:22:52 PM »

Great stuff!

I will contribute a few that I took this past weekend in South Eastern Alberta. 

(they are just snap shots though)
Excellent! Look forward to seeing some prairie birds.

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Re: 2012 Birds
« Reply #41 on: July 25, 2012, 03:59:26 PM »

American Avocets (as shot with a point and shoot through a spotting scope, told ya they are bad pics)




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Re: 2012 Birds
« Reply #42 on: July 26, 2012, 11:29:18 AM »

wow there are some awsome pics on here!
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Re: 2012 Birds
« Reply #43 on: July 26, 2012, 11:33:15 AM »

American Avocets (as shot with a point and shoot through a spotting scope, told ya they are bad pics)


More to come.
Cool - I've never seen these before.  Where were they taken?

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Re: 2012 Birds
« Reply #44 on: July 26, 2012, 11:53:02 AM »

Pakowki Lake outside of Medicine Hat.


White Faced Ibis;



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