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Traveling to the Galápagos to discover the unique flora and fauna that so captivated Darwin and the many that followed him is a rite of passage for serious wildlife enthusiasts. Written by two expert naturalists who are passionate about the Galápagos, this guide is packed with entertaining descriptions, while full-color photography aids in identifying key species both on land and below water. [HelenC1] Now with more detailed descriptions of island landing sites, more photos, and updated information on conservation efforts, Bradt's Galápagos Wildlife is the perfect companion for this once-in-a-lifetime trip. For those looking to explore it also includes unique island trail plans.
|Publisher:||Bradt Publications UK|
|Edition description:||Third Edition|
|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