Today we woke up anchored next to North Seymour, a small island full of nesting seabirds. Blue-footed boobies and male frigatebirds are some of our guests’ favorite species. Reptiles also made stellar appearances, including lava lizards and land and marine iguanas. Racer snakes even crossed our path! In the afternoon, we tried out our snorkel gear in the beautiful waters of Rábida. Later, we took a sunset stroll along the beach with our photo instructors to photograph sea lions and mockingbirds.
National Geographic Endeavour II
North Seymour & Rabida Islands
We began our day with a landing on North Seymour, where we encountered hundreds of birds, mostly frigatebirds flying overhead. We followed a path that took us to a breeding site of blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds. We watched their mating displays in awe as nature showed us its wonderful ways. Male frigatebirds inflated their red gular sacs and stretched out their wings trying to attract a mate. Male blue-footed boobies slowing raising their cerulean feet to show a potential mate that they can fish well and support a nest. We also spotted land iguanas, marine iguanas, lava lizards, and a Galapagos racer snake along the path. We continued our navigation to Rabida Island, famous for its red sand beach, a coloration resulting from iron oxide in its volcanic soil. Those who chose to snorkel were delighted with sightings of sea turtles, sharks, Galapagos sea lions, and colorful fish. As the sun dipped into the horizon, we continued with a casual walk to a brackish pond that has a resurgent population of American flamingos, an excellent way to finish this day.