Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Joe Dickinson sent another installment of photos from his trip to the Galápagos. His notes and IDs are indented:

This is the “welcoming committee” (Galapagos sea lions, Zalophus wollebaeki) next to the airport where we caught zodiacs to our tour ship.

This is a land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus), North Seymour Island subspecies.

A magnificent frigatebird (Fregata magnificens) in full display mode.

Two shots of Sally Lightfoot crabs (Grapsus grapsus):

This is a waved albatross (Phoebastria irrorata) heading in for a landing.

Albatross courtship.

Speaking of courtship, I think that’s also what these blue footed boobies (Sula nebouxii) are up to.

An aside: Watching a “changing of the guard” at some palace in Athens, I could not help thinking of the boobies.  In both cases, the message seems to be  “Hey, I’m the real deal!  Check out these spectacular feet, and could any imposter possibly know all of these silly moves?”

Blue footed boobies, I think on a nest.

A Nasca booby (Sula granti), definitely on a nest.

This juxtaposition of Nasca boobies  simply cried out to be “photoshopped”.  Who was I to say no?

8 Comments

  1. Posted April 8, 2018 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    These are wonderful, Joe! I never tire of seeing blue-footed boobies. Thanks for sharing and thanks to PCC(E) for posting.

  2. Christopher
    Posted April 8, 2018 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Are there any mediocre frigate birds? Actually, for my money, I find the albatross to be the most magnificent birds. Lovely shots, and that land iguana, what a nice orangey color. So beautiful.

  3. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted April 8, 2018 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Terrific pictures! This is a trip to remember forever.

  4. Posted April 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Amazing!

  5. Acolyte of Sagan
    Posted April 8, 2018 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    That changing of the guard has nothing on the ritual at the daily closing of the India-Pakistan border. It’s a ‘dance-off’ between the guards from both sides of the border and is thought to be inspired by bird displays.
    http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20150429-indias-bizarre-border-ritual
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wagah-Attari_border_ceremony

  6. Posted April 8, 2018 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    Marvelous pictures. I am envious.

    But my wife did give me a shocked look when I told her I was looking at some great pictures of boobies.

  7. Posted April 8, 2018 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    The Galapagos has always been one of the most interesting places to me. Thanks for the photos!

  8. Diane G.
    Posted April 10, 2018 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    Very cool, Joe, thanks!


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