North Seymour Island and Rabida Island are two of the many islands that make up the Galápagos Islands. Both islands are known for their unique and diverse wildlife, including flamingos, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, and frigatebirds.
North Seymour Island is a small, flat island that is home to one of the largest populations of blue-footed boobies in the Galápagos. These birds are famous for their bright blue feet, which they use to attract mates. The island is also home to frigatebirds, which are known for their distinctive red throat pouches that they inflate during courtship displays. Our guests were able to see it all.
Rabida Island, on the other hand, is a small, rocky island known for its unique red sand beach, which is caused by the high iron content of the volcanic rocks on the island. Rabida Island is also home to a small population of flamingos. Flamingos are a type of large wading bird known for their distinctive pink or reddish plumage and long, thin legs and necks. The flamingos in the Galapagos are a subspecies of the American flamingo. Today we were able to see at least 30 of them during our hike. It was amazing to see these fascinating and charismatic birds in the golden hour light.
Both North Seymour Island and Rabida Island are protected as part of the Galápagos National Park, established in 1959. Home to many endemic species found nowhere else in the world, the park is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
What a great first full day we had in the Galapagos, a day full of special encounters, great meals, and good company!