Lynn & David travelling in South America travel blog

Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

Marine Iguana, Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

Sea Lion sleeping peacefully, Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

David at Pitt Point, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

Red Footed Booby Chick, Pitt Point, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

Red Footed Booby, Pitt Point, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

Pelican and Crab, Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

Birds, Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

Red Footed Booby, Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

Marine Iguana, Pitt Point, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

Sea Lions and Marine Iguanas, Pitt Point, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

Sea Lion, Pitt Point, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

View from top of cliffs, Pitt Point, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands

Lynn, Pitt Point, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands


Thursday 15th May 2014

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (San Cristobal - Cerro Brujo and Pitt Point)

We were woken up at 7:00am by an announcement in our cabin and went up to breakfast at 7:30am, followed by our first excursion out to a large rock where there were many birds nesting including pelicans, the Nazca Booby, Red Footed Boobies, together with sea lions frolicking near the boat. We then went to Cerro Brujo and landed on a white sandy beach. We walked along the beach with our guide explaining details of the species we saw there. There were black marine iguanas and many birds in this area as well as crabs by the hundreds. We walked back and did some snorkelling, but there were mainly only small fish here and not very colourful. Back to the boat then after lunch Lynn felt quite seasick as the boat had moved to a more exposed part of the ocean and the swell was quite strong as were the winds. At 3:30pm we set off again on the zodiacs, this time off Pitt Point. We saw Blue Footed Boobies nesting on the cliffs with frigate birds soaring high into the sky, as well as a number of other species. Frigate birds can fly for months without landing, they steal food from other birds by snatching it from their beaks. We then landed and saw sea lions resting on the beach and went for a walk to the top of Pitt Point and on the way saw more nesting boobies including a baby and also a six month old practising his flying by flapping his wings. Eventually we went back to the boat on the zodiac - Lynn felt a bit better as the sea wasn't so rough. We had a beer on the back deck at sunset, chatting to some other people, then dinner and a briefing about tomorrow's events. We will be anchored in the vicinity of the first excursion some time after midnight. Today was fine and hot about 30C.



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