Galapagos 2002 - 08 Feb - Punta Pitt

08 Feb 02 - 2:45 PM
Gingerly disembarked, still half-dehydrated from the Death March, at Punta Pitt, the extreme eastern tip of the Galapagos Islands. In brutal heat we hiked up a draw between two tuff formations in an eroded volcano. Despite the advertising, there were no Red-footed Boobies at all, only a very few Blue-footed Boobies (none breeding) and a very few Masked Boobies doing infrequent beak-duelling courtship rituals.

As a booby stop it was a bust, but the scenery is very dramatic, with steep welded tuff walls and cliff drops to the ocean.

We sat on the hillside for a longish while, overlooking the Pacific, watching many birds kite by, with Manta Rays breaching and a couple of large schools of fish at the surface attracting large numbers of birds. Marine iguanas climbed up the steep face of the cliff beneath us. A late afternoon breeze took the edge of the heat.

Red-billed Tropicbird
San Cristobal Island

Blue-footed Booby, and yes, they are that blue
San Cristobal Island

Punta Pitt Trail
San Cristobal Island

Red-billed Tropicbird
Blue-footed Booby
Masked Booby
Audubon Shearwater
Swallow-tailed Gull
Small Ground Finch
Medium Ground Finch
Galapagos Flycatcher
Galapagos Dove
Magnificent Frigatebird
Great Frigatebird
Brown Pelican
Lava Lizard

Galapagos Sea Lion

Sally Lightfoot Crab

Galapagos Map
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