Trip Start Jan 08, 2007
139Trip End Oct 01, 2007
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The males compete for mates by filling their throat pouches with air so they expand into giant red balloons. As the females fly overhead the males extend their wings do a funky dance while making turkey like noises. One successful male pulled right in front of us but, the female didn't seem all that interested once she got a closer look. Ha!
Strangely enough this is also a breeding ground for the Blue Footed Boobie and Swallow Tailed Gull in remarkably close quarters when you consider the highwayman attitude of the Magnificent Frigates who given half the chance would devour all the eggs on the island including those of their own kind
This was the final opportunity to get close to some land iguanas. These specimens are offspring and survivors from a generation saved from Baltra as when the Ecuadorian and American armies took it over as a base, they thoughtfully used these lizards for target practice to the brink of total annihilation. Some kind soul rescued 50 pairs and repatriated them to the safety of North Seymour where they could live on in peace.
The last new addition to my Galapagos Stamp book was a pair of Ruddy Turnstones seen running in the sand as we circled the island before a hasty retreat to Baltra in time for the obligatory souvenir stop at the airport.
Standing in the check-in Q back on solid land after my longest time at sea, I felt myself gently swaying as the remnants of the waves gradually drained from my body. The feeling that my mind blowing voyage had sadly come to an end came over me.
I would soon be back to civilization.