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This island is the most northerly we visited and involved a long ( 8 hour ) overnight sail from San Cristobal. It was certainly worth the journey.

Darwin Bay, the first landing site is actually the caldera of an extinct and partially eroded volcano. It has a white coral beach fringed with Opuntia cacti and mangroves. There was a wide variety of bird life including,
swallow tailed gulls, red footed boobies, great frigate birds and even a yellow-crowned night heron.

 

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Swallow tailed gull
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Frigate bird with chick
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Frigate Birds
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Swallow tailed gull
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Darwin Bay
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Swallow tailed gull
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Frigate bird feeding chick
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Red footed booby
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Swallow tailed gull
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Red footed booby
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Opuntia
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Red footed booby
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Red footed booby
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Red feet of booby
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Mocking bird on Opuntia
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Frigate bird chick
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Frigate bird with chick
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centre of attention
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Frigate bird
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rough terrain
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Frigate bird chick
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Frigate bird chick
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Iguana
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Swallow tailed gull
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Genovesa
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Cactus finch
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Galapagos dove
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Swallow tailed gull
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Galapagos dove
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Yellow crowned night heron
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Galapagos dove
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Yellow crowned night heron
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Sea-lions
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Sea-lion
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Sea-lions
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Frigate bird chick
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Prince Philip's Steps - A dry landing with a steep climb to the top of some dramatic cliffs. At the top we found nesting masked boobies and red-footed boobies with some great frigate birds. The landscape is impressive with strange lava formations.
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approaching the landing site
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in the panga
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nearly there
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a steep climb
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view from the top
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masked booby "nest"
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masked booby with egg
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masked boobies
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masked booby with eggs
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masked booby "nest"
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great frigate birds
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Jürgen gets a low angle shot
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red-footed booby
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red-footed booby
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The red feet
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Looking at an owl
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lava formatiom
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Down the steps
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Sunset at Genovesa