Galapagos Birding

Galapagos Birding during the warm season is the best time of the year for this activity in these exotic Islands.

Galapagos Finch


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With the arrival of the rain at the beginning of the year in the Galapagos Islands, and the availability of food, Darwin Finches take advantage of the resources.

And during the subsequent months, they dedicate themselves to breeding.

When the courtship reaches its climax, the female will lay a clutch of a few eggs in one of the several nests that the male has carefully built and leaves them entirely to the male's care for incubating and feeding the hatchings.

And the female? She goes off looking for another male to start again the reproductive cycle.

This reproductive behavior called polyandry, in which females have different male partners, could have a purpose of preventing "damaged genes" for future offspring.

This behavior is a response to evolutionary mechanisms in which all participants receive a benefit.

In the case of the hatchings, they are protected, fed and taken care of.

Male Finches make sure that their genetic material is passed on, an interest in male's nature.

Females take advantage of the presence of other breeding males, resources, courtship and the long reproductive cycle to start all over again.

It is an energetic cost but with the advantage of enlarging and diversifying the genetic reserve of the female.

Thus, she receives a diversified genetic pool and takes advantage of a long and available reproductive period.

Blue Footed Boobies are known as fearless divers from 100 feet (30 mt) or more and picturesque dancers with their beaks pointing up to the sky, while stomping the ground with their huge bright blue webbed feet.

Red Footed Boobies are the only ones with prehensile feet. They nest on Palo Santo trees or bushes.

These boobies start mating when they still have their juvenile plumage. You can see them abundantly on Genovesa Island

The Waved Albatross will amaze you with their spectacular courtship-displays.

This marvelous choreographed ritual lasting up to 20 minutes, reaches its peak in October with the new-found couple then waiting until the following year to breed.

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You can see them only at Espanola Island Albatrosses depart their lovely grounds by early January and return by early April.

The Flightless Cormorants live in the Islands of Fernandina and Isabela, where there is plenty of food and nesting habitat for this unusual seabird.

In these Islands with plenty of food and safety, the Galapagos cormorants had no practical use for their wings and, simply, by means of natural selection, became flightless.

There are many Galapagos birding sites in this Archipelago where you can observe finches and other Galapagos birds, some of these sites include: Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz, Floreana and Espanola Island.

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Because of their isolation from the mainland Galapagos birds are unafraid of humans and more approachable than anywhere else. The Galapagos Islands are one of the greatest of all birdwatching destinations.

In Galapagos there are around 120 bird species, many of which are endemic to these group of Islands, found nowhere else on Earth.

The warm season beginning in January is the best time of the year for Galapagos birding activities.

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides). Click to order from Amazon

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading!

There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.


Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands. Click to order from Amazon

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers.

Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!


Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in.

Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!


Moon Spotlight Galapagos. Click to order from Amazon

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier.

But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you.

Small, well-priced, and reliable!


Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire. Click to order from Amazon

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table.

This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!


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