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Good Morning All,

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Ok, it looks like my concern about the new site launching very soon is a bit off, sounds like it will be a week or more, not days. I’ve got a bunch of submissions, mostly multiple sets from a few folks. Please do continue to submit pictures, but don’t feel like it must be now.

No, it’s not Friday, but, you know, life is tragically short – Albatrossity Tuesday it is!

Today, pictures from valued commenter Albatrossity.

Our last full day in the Galápagos was spent on Española Island, an uninhabited island a couple of hours by boat south of San Cristobal. The wildlife there is spectacular, and well worth the trip. Here are some of the sights from that day.

Taken on 2019-05-31 00:00:00

Española Island in the Galápagos

On our boat trip we encountered a large pod of cetaceans that we originally thought were bottlenose dolphins, but they didn’t behave like dolphins, and also seemed to be bigger and bulkier. One of our party identified them as false killer whales, but upon inspection of the images I obtained, I think that they are another species, the melon-headed whale. The dorsal fin shape and the fact that the flippers were pointed rather than rounded is more consistent with that ID. Regardless of whether these were false killer whales or melon-headed whales, it was an exciting sighting of a very uncommon cetacean.

Taken on 2019-05-31 00:00:00

Española Island in the Galápagos

The Galápagos Hawk is not a common resident on the inhabited islands, but there are several on Española. There are estimated to be only 100-150 breeding pairs in the entire archipelago. This one was perched on the coastal warning light when we arrived, and later came back so that I could collect a flight shot.

Taken on 2019-05-31 00:00:00

Española Island in the Galápagos

Another very common bird on Española is the Galapagos Dove. Smaller than our Mourning Dove (about the size of the Inca Dove found in the US southwestern states), it is very colorful and photogenic.

Taken on 2019-05-31 00:00:00

Española Island in the Galápagos

The Española (Hood) Mockingbird is another common species on this island, and it seemed to be the end of the breeding season for these guys, as we saw quite a few young birds begging from the haggard-looking parents. Longer-legged and with a more curved bill than the San Cristobal Mockingbird, these guys are justly famous for their place in the history of the theory of evolution.

Taken on 2019-05-31 00:00:00

Española Island in the Galápagos

The target species on Española is the Waved Albatross. This is a medium-sized (wingspan 7-8 ft) albatross, and is also the only albatross species that nests entirely within the tropics. Española is the only known nesting site for these birds, and there were quite a few, some still courting and some, like this one already incubating an egg.


Thank you so much Albatrossity, do send us more when you can.


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14 replies
  1. 1
    OzarkHillbilly says:

    Tuesdays with Albatrossity.

  2. 2
    Mary G says:

    Bonus Albatrossity! That Waved Albatross’ beak looks pretty scary and sharp.

  3. 3
    JPL says:

    Any day with photos from Albatrossity is a good day.

  4. 4
    J R in WV says:

    And last — but not least — an Albatross ~!!~

    Thanks so much, you are an inspiration to all insomniac photobugs, everywhere. Back in bed soon now!

  5. 5
    arrieve says:

    Beautiful pictures as always, Albatrossity! I love the blue eyering on that dove.

  6. 6
    waratah says:

    She is so beautiful Albatrossity!

  7. 7
    Mike S (Now with a Democratic Congressperson!) says:

    Nice photos as usual! Thanks!

  8. 8
    CCL says:

    Lovely way to start a Tuesday. Thank you.

  9. 9
    artem1s says:

    obligatory albatross quote

    “Way I remember it, albatross was a ship’s good luck—till some idiot killed it.”, “Yes, I’ve read a poem. Try not to faint.”

  10. 10
    rikyrah says:

    Gorgeous pictures :)
    You all are so talented :)

  11. 11

    Well, now I feel better…

  12. 12
    Betty says:

    What an amazing experience. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures.

  13. 13
    scav says:

    @arrieve: Especially as the eyering’s blue marches the sky behind — adds a whiff of unsettling and eerie, somehow flattens the dimensions.

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    Albatrossity says:

    @scav: That’s not the sky; it’s the South Pacific Ocean! But yes, the match of the colors is a bit unsettling.

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