So, now it is the evening before leaving, I have just bottled 18 litres of beer (damn nice it is too!), and about to have dinner and then put down a beer to ferment whilst I am away for the next wee while. Luckily with the WilliamsWarn system I have it is so automated, I just need to get the temperature turned down in about 10 days and it can sit there until I get back...to drink it! Perfect!
The Galapagos was just an incredible trip - everything I hoped it would be and more. We had two fantastic cruises, visiting much of the Archipelago over the two weeks. We had a great team working onboard and really fun times, and a great group of guests on each trip. It is certainly a place I'd love to get back to and hope I get the opportunity at some stage. With little time to write, I figured a few visual highlights could do the talking for me...enjoy!
|Espanola mockingbirds...doing what the Galapagos mockingbirds do!
|We watched a pair of waved albatross with a third interloper for almost an hour, what awesome birds!
|Sunset on Espanola with Nazca boobies silhouetted
|The ever present Sally lightfoot crab
|Frigates coming in to take fish scraps from the fish market at Puerto Ayora
|Possibly one of the most stunning gulls in not such a stunning pose!
|Male great frigate doing his thing
|Sunset in Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island
|Blue-footed booby getting into it
|A rather rare bird these days, male Vermillion flycatcher in the setting sun
|Flightless cormorant, what a cool bird!
|Lava cactus, growing, rather unsurprisingly, out of the lava on Fernandina
|Galapagos penguin and a marine iguana
|Galapagos hawk 'playing' with a ghost crab
|Blue-footed boobies diving for fish just off the beach
|Male frigate bird with a beak full of small fish
|Male frigatebird scooping up fish by the beakful
|Great blue heron tossing a fish around
|Spines on a prickley pear cactus
|Woodpecker finch, the last species I got to see, having seen most of the finches
|Sunset on our last evening in the Galapagos