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The Best for Last – Albatross at Española Island

The Best for Last – Albatross at Española Island

O5-July-2016 – 

It was the last full day of our adventure in the Enchanted Islands and apparently we saved the best for last.  Española turned out to be the best island that we visited in the Galapagos.  We were really excited to see albatross at Española Island! We entered the bay in our way to the disembarkation area and right there, before we even set foot on the island, we were greeted by a bunch of sea tortoises that were popping their heads out of the water.  Once on land, we had a very short walk from the dock to a nearby beach where sea lions and marine iguanas were just basking in the sun, taking a leisure walk in the sand or going for a dip in the Pacific Ocean. Continuing to our visit inland, we got to see great representatives of both male and female lava lizards with beautiful color exclusive to this island as well as some pretty amazing marine iguanas everywhere.

Then we also got to see different bird species like blue footed boobies, Nazca boobies, tropicbirds and a particularly large and curious mockingbird. However the best thing to see were the albatross at Española Island. They were on a pretty flat and open part of the island and near a cliff. Everywhere you looked there were albatross, some of them nesting, others just walking around. There was a couple in the middle of their courtship. Some albatross at Española Island were standing in the edge of the cliff waiting for the right moment to jump off from it to start flying. Some others were doing it the hard way, by actually running for a long time to get enough speed to fly. It was amazing to watch such a large bird flying to the sky and making it look so simple!

We were fortunate enough to get to see some albatross at Española Island very close and even got to see some of their large eggs and couples performing their matting dance. Such a special bird in an amazing place!

Martín Barreiro

Martin Barreiro, born and raised in Quito in 1982, began studying photography as soon as he got out of high school. Soon after this, he found himself with the opportunity to live in London, England, which is where he continued his career in photography while experiencing the European culture. Afterwards, he moved to Houston, Texas, where he got a degree as a Professional Commercial Photographer.

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