Miscellaneous Wildlife

Last updated: July 1, 2001

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Galápagos Dove

Dove Zenaida galapagoensis. This photo was taken on North Seymour Island. The blue eye-ring is really nice.

Sea Lions

Sea Lions Zalophus californianus. These are basically the same sea lions that you find off the California coast. There is another type of sea lion in the Galápagos Islands called the fur seal. We saw these on almost every island; this particular pair was on Hood Island.

I think what's happening here is that the baby is confused about exactly where its mother's nipples are. It spent quite a bit of time sucking on her ear.

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias. This is the same as the one in the United States. We found it on Fernandina Island.

Galápagos Hawk

Hawk Buteo galapagoensis. This one was chasing an immature marine iguana around on the sand of the beach on Fernandina Island. The hawk finally cornered it under a rock and it was paying so much attention to the iguana that we photographers were able to get reasonably close. The iguana eventually escaped.

Galápagos Snake

Snake Philodryas sp. (?) We spotted this snake on the lava on Fernandina Island. It was crawling around, chasing the land iguanas. We saw it stalking one of them, but the iguana saw the snake, and every time the snake got too close (closer than about a meter), the iguana would run away for another meter or so. Eventually the snake gave up.

The snake doesn't always miss; on my Galápagos 1997 trip page there's a series of photos of a Galápagos snake taking an immature marine iguana. The snake is a constrictor, as is obvious from the photos on that page. Be sure to look at the full-sized photo on that page.

Swallow-tailed Gull

Swallow-tailed Gull Creagrus furcatus. These birds were very common also. This particular one was on Tower Island. I probably shot a whole roll of film trying to get a decent shot of these birds and of the Frigatebirds in flight.

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia. I took this photo in the mangroves of Floreana Island, although the birds were faily common. We often saw them on the lava flows right on the ocean where they were obviously finding something good to eat.

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron Nyctanassa violacea. This was on Fernandina Island sitting absolutely still and doing nothing.