Category: Wildlife Photography

Flightless Cormorants

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Sea Lions

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Blue Footed Boobies

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Galapagos Hawk

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Nazca Boobies

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Naska Boobie posturing for a mate

He flaps his wings to get her attention

If she can’t see him maybe she can hear him

Ever vigilant he scans constantly

She appears out of nowhere

When he finds her they rapidly make their bond….

…and announce it to the colony

And pretty soon its time to feed a newly hatched chick

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Colorful and Courting Frigates

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These aerial acrobats make their living by stealing food from other birds, often times Boobies and Tropical birds. They have a vivid courtship display which you will see on this page.

Our first encounter with this winged wonder started as soon as we left port.
Our guides assured us we would be getting much closer and more personal during the visit to some islands.

They are aerial acrobats and have amazing flying abilities

They steal food from their other birds by harassing them so much with their tremendous flying ability that the other bird
drops its mouthful of fish to stop the harassment.

This frigate in the top right of the photo is taking a branch from the mouth of a blue-footed Booby in the lower left

The Booby is now on the right with the branch in its mouth

The victorious frigate

They exist in large breeding colonies on some islands.  As you approach they will soar all around.

Many will glide just a few feet above your head. This is a female.

The male with throat sac partially deflated

As you hike around the colony you start getting close to them. This female is resting.

The courtship process is fascintating to observe. These 3 males are trying to impress a lone female.

A male without an inflated throat pouch

A couple of puffs of air and the transformation is apparent on this different frigate

Another example of a prime male specimen!

Another male put on quite a display in his attempt to attract a female

Unfortunately for him he attracted another male intent on taking his perching spot

A few choice words and the intruder left

His charms worked because a female soon landed

And the courtship began

The look of love

Soon after the coursthip the stork drops off a fluffy package

And now the work begins keeping this chick’s stomach full.

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Marine Iguanas

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Our Galapagos Group

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Pat and Karen 

Pat and Karen


Scott and Mary




Bill and Kristine

Ron and Cindy


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Costa Rica 2008

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We stayed at a hotel that was right on the beach

It was a good spot for us surfer dudes to practice our technique

The hotel had a beautiful garden setting

The fisherman took their boats out daily

You could walk along the beach and watch the locals doing their “local” thing

Large flocks of pelicans would congregate over the beach. Scarlet Macaws squawked by almost daily.

The jungle was just outside our door

This dragonfly was one of the multitudes of insects we encountered on our hikes in the jungle

Leaf cutter ants were numerous…..

….along with spiders

We passed this sign as we drove to Manuel Antonio National Park so  I had to take it

This park is right on the water and abounds with monkeys and reptiles

Our first sighting was a sloth and its infant

When the monkeys were not trying to steal your food they actually sat still for a photo op

A red eyed frog

Basilisk lizard

We saw lots of spiny iguanas

After Manuel Antonion we went to Carrara Reserve.

We timed it right with the Macaws when they came in to eat the palm tree nuts

It was like a mini Africa trip with crocodiles…

…and strange looking birds called boat-billed herons

Green Kingfisher scanning the water for fish

Ahinga drying its feather


Amazon Kingfisher with its dinner

Dappled leaves in a slow moving stream

After a week of relaxation it was time to pack up for Antarctica

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