Enchanted Galapagos

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At the end of March I took a group of 12 friends and veterinarians to Galapagos. If it is on your bucket list this trip is well worth the time and effort. The guides are awesome, the wildlife viewing is just about as good as it gets, the water is warm and clear, and the Ecuadorian people are gracious (and prepare great meals).

Some of my guests were repeats from my African safari trips and their photographic expertise is increasing (finally). We will share some of their pictures, although this page has just a small fraction of the wildlife we saw and the photos we took. In some cases you can link to more photos of the same species. They are low res for rapid downloading. If you are interested in the high resolution version let me know. We had a great group and hope to make this adventure one of many together. We made this a veterinary continuing education trip in addition to our usual shenanigans.

Click on the group photo below to see them individually and some of the photos they took

Thanks to Dr. Hornof and his expertise and passion for teaching, our veterinarians actually looked forward to their daily CE. Of course when the lectures are on the deck around the hot tub its easy to get people to show up.

Our boat had a high resolution TV and projector so we were able to get the most out of digital radiography.

Here is some of the group beaming with knowledge after another informative session with Dr. Hornof and the guides

Our guides were level III (the highest level) and had extensive knowledge. Bolivar (Boli) Sanchez was our main guide. He has been plying the waters of the Galapagos since his ship captain dad took him there as a three year old.

Click on one of the photos below to learn more about him and Cristina

His outstanding counterpart was Cristina

At the end of our trip Boli and Christina magically transformed into King Neptune and his wife to make sure all of our “Darwinian Transgressions” were properly punished. If you click on the photo you can learn who were the worst culprits.

King Neptune

The wildlife is up close and presents good photographic opportunities, so everyone got some great shots. Looks like one marine iguana is looking at his reflection in the lens.

Click on any animal photo below that interests you for a few more pictures of that species in larger size. Don’t miss the section on the courting frigate birds.

Pelicans

Marine Iguanas and Their Lookouts

The colorful and courting Frigate

Red Footed Boobies

Booby

Nazca Boobies

Naska Booby

Galapagos Hawk

Blue Footed Boobies

Very Friendly Sea Lions

Flightless Cormorants

Galapagos Penguin