Galapagos Wildlife, 3rd

Galapagos Wildlife, 3rd

by David Horwell, Pete Oxford

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781841623603
Publisher: Bradt Publications UK
Publication date: 11/22/2011
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 413,522
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

David Horwell, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, is a tour operator, photographer and writer specializing in the Galápagos. Pete Oxford is a professional naturalist, based in Ecuador, who leads trips to the islands.

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Punta Suarez From the moment the dinghy heads to the rocky point you are spell-bound by surfing young sea lions, and a reception committee of their parents barking on the tiny beach. A promontory of wave-rounded boulders protects the landing from some of the biggest waves in the archipelago. Large marine iguanas lie motionless like sentinels upon the rocks - here more colorful than elsewhere with hues of red and green. First you walk South through dense saltbush then... the trail continues on through a colony of Nazca boobies at the western edge of the island. The trail dips down to an eroded pebble beach; tread carefully as marine iguanas nest here! A pair of oystercatchers can usually be heard as you step into their domain. All along the coast the distinctive red-billed tropic birds utter their screeching alarm call, and if you are lucky can spot them entering a cave where they nest. Boobies will keep a watchful eye for a Galápagos hawk that will pick off any chicks left unguarded. The lava lizards are bigger here than other islands, especially the black-spotted males and the mockingbirds also differ with longer bills and aggressive behaviour, e.g. perching on tourists’ hats.

Table of Contents

An Introduction to the GalápagosHabitatsPlantsInvertebratesReptilesBirdsMammalsThe SeashoreUnderwaterIsland Landings and Visitor SitesConservationGlossaryFurther ReadingIndex

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