Sunday, September 1, 2019

Darwin Bay, Part II

Our nature walk along the shore of Darwin Bay was short, but the area was wonderfully dense with birds.  Like, to the extent that Disney would do if they were in charge.

Adult Nazca Booby Feeding Juvenile, Great Darwin Bay
This juvenile Nazca Booby looked a little old to still be begging for food, but begging it was.

Adult Nazca Booby Feeding Juvenile, Great Darwin Bay
And the adult responded!  It seemed like the young one was about to get a nice meal...

Frigatebird Stealing Fish from Nazca Boobies, Great Darwin Bay
... PLOT TWIST!!!  A Magnificent Frigatebird had other ideas, flying in and snatching away the fish!

Frigatebird Stealing Fish from Nazca Boobies, Great Darwin Bay
Needless to say, the Boobies were a bit perplexed and somewhat annoyed by this unexpected turn of events.

Adult Nazca Booby Feeding Juvenile, Great Darwin Bay
So the pair moved along, but the younger was still begging because, well, it hadn't actually gotten the fish it had expected.

Adult Nazca Booby Feeding Juvenile, Great Darwin Bay
Took a nice, close look, too.

Adult Nazca Booby Feeding Juvenile, Great Darwin Bay
I love the silent observer in the background, too.  But I don't know if there was any more fish to be had.

Small Ground Finch, Great Darwin Bay
The finches in the Galápagos were what inspired Darwin to come up with his theory of natural selection.  Here we saw our first, a Small Ground Finch.

Red-footed Boobies, Great Darwin Bay
These Red-footed Boobies seemed content to just watch the world go on around them.

Galápagos Yellow Warbler, Great Darwin Bay
Small birds like this Galápagos Yellow Warbler were comfortable getting much closer to people than I'm accustomed to.

Galápagos Yellow Warbler, Great Darwin Bay
And a much-appreciated break in the clouds late in the afternoon cast a wonderful light on the small birds, too.

Still more to come!

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