Galápagos Islands

Galápagos marine iguana feces
Green (algal) waste from Galápagos marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus). Isla Fernandina, Galápagos.
Galápagos marine iguanas
Galápagos marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) basking on lava. Isla Fernandina, Galápagos.
Mess of marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on beach
Mess of marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on beach. Isla Fernandina, Galápagos.
Galápagos marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) with Sally Lightfoot crabs
Galápagos marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) with Sally Lightfoot crabs. Isla Fernandina, Galápagos.
Partly submerged marine iguana covered with Sally Lightfoot crabs
Dead marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) being eaten by Sally Lightfoot crabs. Isla Fernandina, Galápagos.
Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) in field of Galápagos carpetweed (Sesuvium edmonstonei)
Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) in field of Galápagos carpetweed (Sesuvium edmonstonei). Cerro Dragon, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Marine iguana
Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) sunning on guano-covered rock. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.
Marine iguana
Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) resting in tide pool. Isla Santiago (James Island), Galápagos, Ecuador.
Galápagos marine iguana
Juvenile Galápagos marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus). Isla Fernandina, Galápagos.
Pink marine iguana
Pink marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus). The marine iguanas on Isla Santiago (formerly James Island) are typically greenish so this individual stood out. Galápagos, Ecuador.
Marine iguana
Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) resting in tide pool. Isla Santiago, Galápagos, Ecuador.
Skeletonized marine iguana
Skeletonized marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus). Isla Santiago, Galápagos, Ecuador.
Galapagos marine iguana
Galapagos marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) sneezing. Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island, Galapagos.
Fernandina marine iguana
Fernandina marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus cristatus) swimming. Isla Fernandina, Galápagos.
Marine iguana
Tricuspate teeth on skeleton of a marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus). Isla Fernandina, Galápagos.
Marine iguana
Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) resting in tide pool. Isla Santiago, Galápagos, Ecuador.
Marine iguana
Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on sandy beach. Isla Santiago, Galápagos, Ecuador.
Marine iguanas
Mess of marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus ssp. wikelskii). Puerto Egas, Isla Santiago, Galápagos.
Fernandina marine iguana
Fernandina marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus cristatus) yawning. Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island, Galápagos Island.
Red cardinal fish
School of red cardinal fish (Apogon sp.). Off Isla Genovesa, Galápagos.
Great blue heron
Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) on beach. Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.
Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) overlooking ocean
Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) overlooking ocean. Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.
Black mangrove
Black mangrove (Avicennia germinans) growing in lagoon. Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Galápagos lava cactus
Galápagos lava cactus (Brachycereus nesioticus). Isla Fernandina, Galápagos.
Galápagos hawk (Buteo galapagoensis)
Galápagos hawk (Buteo galapagoensis). Isla Fernandina, Galápagos.
Sanderling (Calidris alba)
Sanderling (Calidris alba). Cero Dragón, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.
Galápagos bitterbush
Red drupes on Galápagos bitterbush (Castela galapageia). Isla Isabela, Galápagos.
Baby Galápagos tortoises (Chelonoidis sp.) at breeding center
Baby Galápagos tortoises (Chelonoidis sp.) eating arroleaf elephant’s ear (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) at the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Center in Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Baby Galápagos tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra)
Baby Galápagos tortoises (Chelonoidis sp.) eating arroleaf elephant’s ear (Xanthosoma sagittifolium) at the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Center in Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Close-up of a western Santa Cruz giant tortoise (Chelonoidis porteri)
Close-up of a western Santa Cruz giant tortoise (Chelonoidis porteri). El Chato Tortoise Reserve near Los Gemelos, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Western Santa Cruz Island giant toroise (Chelonoidis porteri)
Western Santa Cruz Island giant toroise (Chelonoidis porteri). El Chato Tortoise Reserve near Los Gemelos, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Western Santa Cruz Island giant tortoise (Chelonoidis porteri)
Western Santa Cruz Island giant tortoise (Chelonoidis porteri). One of two species on the Island. El Chato Giant Tortoise Reserve near Los Gemelos, Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Juvenile Alcedo Volcano giant tortoise (Chelonoidis vandenburghi)
Juvenile Alcedo Volcano giant tortoise (Chelonoidis vandenburghi). Urbina Bay, Volcan Alcedo. Isla Isabela. Galápagos, Ecuador.
Disarticulating carapace and plastron of a dead Alcedo Volcano giant tortoise (Chelonoidis vandenburghi)
Disarticulating carapace and plastron of a dead Alcedo Volcano giant tortoise (Chelonoidis vandenburghi). Urbina Bay, outskirts of Volcan Alcedo.
Alcedo giant tortoise (Chelonoidis vandenburghi)
Alcedo giant tortoise (Chelonoidis vandenburghi). Urbina Bay, Isla Isabela, Galápagos.
Land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus)
Land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus). Cerro Dragón, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Galápagos land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) eating
Galápagos land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) eating. Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Galápagos land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) near Waltheria ovata
Galápagos land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) near Waltheria ovata. Isla Isabela, Galápagos.
Galapagos land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus)
Galapagos land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus). Cerro dragón, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus)
Land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus). Isla Isabela, Galápagos.
Swallow-tailed gulls
Pair of courting swallow-tailed gull (Creagrus furcatus). Genovesa, Galápagos.
Swallow-tailed gulls
Pair of swallow-tailed gulls (Creagrus furcatus) under Opuntia. Isla Genovesa, Galápagos.
Dodder
Dodder (Cuscuta sp.) on goat’s foot Convolulus (Ipomoea pes-caprae). Isla Santiago, Galapagos.
Euphorbia amplexicaulis
Euphorbia amplexicaulis. Isla Genovesa, Galápagos.
Great frigatebirds
Flock of great frigatebirds (Fregata minor). Genovesa, Galápagos Islands.
Great frigatebird
Great frigatebird (Fregata minor) showing green tinge on wings. Isla Genovesa, Galápagos.
Great frigatebird (Fregata minor) with inflated gular sac
Great frigatebird (Fregata minor) with inflated gular sac. Genovesa, Galápagos Islands.
Great frigatebird (Fregata minor) perched in shrub
Great frigatebird (Fregata minor) perched in shrub. Isla Genovesa, Galápagos.
Great frigatebird
Great frigatebird (Fregata minor) with inflated gular sac. Genovesa, Galápagos Islands.
Great frigatebird
Great frigatebird (Fregata minor) in tree. Isla Genovesa, Galápagos.
Galapaganus conwayensis
Galapaganus conwayensis. ID tentative. Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Galápagos books in the Galápagos
Evolution’s Workshop, Galápagos: World’s End, Flowering Plants of the Galápagos.
Gift shop at Charles Darwin Research Foundation
Loathed by local merchants because products are tad more authentic and tourists like them better. Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Galápagos Islands origin mural
Galápagos Islands origin mural at The Rock, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos.
Daphne Minor (left) and Daphne Major (right) in the morning
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.
Display on GPS unit when crossing the equator
Galápagos, Ecuador.
M/V Evolution
Luxury yacht, 192′, 32 passenger. Anchored off of Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Pelican waiting for the fish market to open
Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
View from peak on Isla Isabela
Galápagos, Ecuado
Eroding cliff on Isla Rabida
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.
Ghost kayaks
Tagus Cove, Isabela Island, Galápagos.
Weathered lava on Isla Santiago
Galápagos, Ecuador.
National Geographic Endeavour
293′. Galápagos, Ecuador.
Galápagos sunset
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.
Pinnacle Rock
Eroded tuff cone. Isla Bartolomé, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.
Isla Rabida reflected in bar mirror
Isla Rabida, Galápagos.
Miniature atoll on edge of Isla Santiago
Galápagos Islands, Ecuardor.
Exposed vesicles in lava
Isla Santiago (James Island), Galápagos, Ecuador.
Weather lava on Isla Santiago
Galápagos, Ecuador.
Pahoehoe lava near Puerto Egas
Isla Santiago (James Island), Galápagos, Ecuador.
Stop sign in the Galapagos
Isla Genovesa, Galápagos.
T-shirts at Baltra Airport, Galápagos
The middle t-shirt has a quote from Leon Megginson, a business professor from Louisiana. But often attributed to Darwin by publishers of motivation posters, t-shirt vendors.
Wetsuits animated by a strong wind
Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.
Common cactus finch
Common cactus finch (Geospiza scandens) on Opuntia flower. Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Common cactus finch (Geospiza scandens) on Isla Santa Cruz
Common cactus finch (Geospiza scandens intermedia) foraging on giant prickly pear (Opuntia echios var. echios) on Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos, Ecuador.
Darwin's cotton
Gossypium darwinii. Isla Isabela, Galápagos.
Sally Lightfoot crab
Sally Lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus) eating another Sally Lightfoot crab. Fernandina Island, Galápagos Islands.
Sally Lightfoot crab
Sally Lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus). Fernandina Island, Galápagos Islands.
Sally Lightfoot crab
Sally Lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus). Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Sally Lightfoot crab
Sally Lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus). Fernandina Island, Galápagos Islands.
Manchineel fruit
Manchineel (Hippomane mancinella). Isla Isabela, Galápagos.
Galápagos humpback scorpionfish
Galápagos humpback scorpionfish (Idiastion hageyi) on beach. Isla Rabida, Galápagos.
Brown sea cucumber
Brown sea cucumber (Isostichopus fuscus) with red cardinal fish. Off Isla Genovesa, Galápagos.
Rustic sphinx moth
Rustic sphinx moth (Manduca rustica). Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Galápagos leatherleaf fruit
Fruit of Galápagos leatherleaf (Maytenus octogona). Celastraceae. Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Galapagos lava lizard (Microlophus albemarlensis) protecting toes from heat
Galapagos lava lizard (Microlophus albemarlensis) protecting toes from heat. Isla Rabida, Galápagos.
Galápagos lava lizard (Microlophus albemarlensis) on lava
Galápagos lava lizard (Microlophus albemarlensis) on lava. Isla Isabela, Galápagos.
Santiago lava lizard (Microlophus jacobii)
Santiago lava lizard (Microlophus jacobii). Isla Santiago, Galápagos, Ecuador.
Galápagos mockingbird perched on cactus
Galápagos mockingbird perched on cactus. Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island.
Galápagos mockingbird
Fledgling Galápagos mockingbird (Mimus parvulus parvulus) in a tree. Charles Darwin Research Station, Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos, Ecuador.
Black-eared Galápagos mockingbird
Black-eared Galápagos mockingbird (Mimus parvulus personatus). Isla Santiago, Galápagos.
Black-eared Galápagos mockingbird
Black-eared Galápagos mockingbird (Mimus parvulus personatus) in a tree. Isla Santiago, Galápagos.
Galápagos flycatcher
Galápagos flycatcher (Myiarchus magnirostris). Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.
Galápagos flycatcher
Galápagos flycatcher (Myiarchus magnirostris) on weathered lava. Isla Santiago (James Island), Galápagos, Ecuador.
Western spotted orbweaver (Neoscona oaxacensis)
Western spotted orbweaver (Neoscona oaxacensis). In the Galápagos this spider is often called (incorrectly) Neoscona cooksoni. The insect caught in the web is probably a yellow paper wasp (Polistes versicolor). Isla Santiago, Galapagos.
Yellow-crowned night heron
Yellow-crowned night heron (Nyctanassa violacea pauper). Isla Genovesa, Galápagos.
Olfersia aenescens (Diptera, Hippoboscidae) on a Nazca booby
Galapagos hawk (Buteo galapagoensis). Isla Genovesa, Galapagos.
Prickly pear
Close-up of prickly pear (Opuntia echios gigantea) stem showing spines (modified leaves) and glochids (tufts of short bristles, which are probably modified trichomes). Cerro Dragon, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Prickly pear
Prickly pear (Opuntia echios gigantea). Cerro Dragón, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Stinking passionflower
Fruit of stinking passionflower (Passiflora foetida). Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Stinking passionflower
Stinking passionflower (Passiflora foetida). Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Islands.
Brown pelican
A brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis urinator) making a wet landing near Fernandina Island, Galapagos.
Brown pelican
Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) with Daphne Minor in background. Black Turtle Cove, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos, Ecuador.
Brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis urinator) in flight over ocean
Brown pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis urinator) in flight over ocean. Galápagos, Ecuador.
Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis urinator) landing on water
Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis urinator) landing on water. Near Cabo Nepean, Isla Santiago in the Galápagos.
Brown pelican
Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) in flight. Galápagos, Ecuador.
Brown pelican
Ventral view of a brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis urinator). Near Cabo Nepean, Isla Santiago, Galápagos, Ecuador.
Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis urinator) landing on water
Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis urinator) landing on water. Near Cabo Nepean, Isla Santiago in the Galápagos.
Brown pelican
Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis urinator). Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Panamic cushion star
Panamic cushion star (Pentaceraster cumingi). Great Darwin Bay, San Cristobal, Galapagos.
Panamic cushion stars
Panamic cushion stars (Pentaceraster cumingi). Great Darwin Bay, Isla Genovesa, Galápagos.
Galápagos cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) drying its wing feathers amid a mess of marine iguanas
Galápagos cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) drying its wing feathers. Fernandina Island, Galápagos Islands.
Galápagos cormorant
Galápagos cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) in nest. Fernandina Island, Galápagos Islands.
Blue seastar
Blue seastar (Phataria unifascialis). Great Darwin Bay, Isla Genovesa, Galápagos.
American flamingo (Phenicopterus ruber glyphorhynchus) in the Galápagos
American flamingo (Phenicopterus ruber glyphorhynchus). Cero Dragón, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
American flamingo (Phenicopterus ruber glyphorhynchus) in the Galápagos
American flamingo (Phenicopterus ruber glyphorhynchus) in the Galápagos. Cero Dragón, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Variegated paper wasp
Variegated paper wasp (Polistes versicolor) nest. Urbina Bay, Isla Isabela, Galápagos.
Elephant bush
Elephant bush (Portulacaria afra). At the time, unreported on the Galapagos. I reported it. Isla Rabida, Galápagos.
Black rat
Skull of a black rat (Rattus rattus). Santiago Island in the Galápagos.
Coral beach
Close-up of coral (Scleractinia) on beach. Darwin Bay Genovesa Island, Galápagos.
Thorn shrub
Thorn shrub (Scutia spicata var. pauciflora) with fruit. Urbina Bay, outskirts of Volcan Alcedo. Isla Isabela. Galápagos, Ecuador.
Sea purslane
Sea purslane (Sesuvium portulacastrum). Cerro Dragón, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos.
Yellow warbler (Setophaga petechia aureola) in a tree
Yellow warbler (Setophaga petechia aureola) in a tree. Female. Highlands of Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos Archipelago. Sometimes called a mangrove warbler, and formerly classified as Dendroica petechia aureola.
Nazca boobies
Pair of Nazca boobies (Sula granti) in a field of flowering goat’s head. Genovesa Island, Galápagos.
Nazca boobies
Nazca boobies (Sula granti) courting in a field of goat’s head. Genovesa Island, Galápagos.
Nazca booby
Nazca booby (Sula granti) with STOP sign. Isla Genovesa, Galápagos.
Nazca booby
Nazca booby (Sula granti). Genovesa Island, Galápagos.
Red-footed booby
Juvenile red-footed booby (Sula sula). Tower Island, Galápagos, Ecuador.
Red-footed booby
Red-footed booby near Opuntia. Genovesa, Galápagos Islands.
Red-footed booby
Red-footed booby (Sula sula) on a branch. Isla Genovesa, Galápagos.
Jamaican feverplant
Jamaican feverplant (Tribulus cistoides). Isla Bartolomé, Galápagos.
Goat's head (Tribulus terrestris)
Isla Genovesa, Galápagos.
Goat's head
Flowering goat’s head (Tribulus terrestris). Genovesa, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.
Galápagos carpenter bee
Galápagos carpenter bee (Xylocopa darwini) on goat’s head (Tribulus terrestris). Newly introduced to Genovesa Island. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador.
Galápagos carpenter bee (Xylocopa darwini) on Waltheria ovata
Isla Isabela, Galapagos., Galápagos.
Galápagos sea lions
Galápagos sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki) napping on the beach. Tower Island, Galápagos, Ecuador.
Galapagos sea lion
Galapagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) pup nursing. Isla Santiago, Galapagos.
Galápagos sea lion
Young Galápagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) on red sand beach. Isla Rábida, Galápagos.
Galápagos sea lion
Galápagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki). Isla Rabida, Galápagos.
Galápagos sea lion
Galápagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) blowing bubbles. Isla Fernandina, Galápagos.
Galápagos dove
Galápagos dove (Zenaida galapagoensis). Genovesa, Galápagos.