The islands where Darwin developed the theory of
evolution are well worth a visit. The animals are not afraid of humans so
they can be observed at close range.
The mating ritual of these birds is fascinating.
The males whistle and show off their feet. They also flap their
wings. The females honk if they are interested. The male then offers
the female a piece of straw. If she accepts, the straw is used to start a
nest on the ground. The nest is then surrounded with a ring of guano which
keeps the predators at bay.
These animals are very friendly and curious,
especially the females and pups. The large bulls are very protective of
their territory. They spend most of the day sleeping on the beach.
The largest iguana we encountered was
walking down the street in the town where we picked up the boat. Once we
got out to the remote islands we saw lots of red marine iguanas. These are
found no where else in the world.
Frigate Birds/Masked Boobies
Male frigate birds have an inflatable
membrane in their chests which they inflate to attract females. Without
blue feet or red chests, the masked boobies relay on their faces to attract a