The Galapagos Islands are famous for their giant tortoises, playful sea lions and wild looking iguanas, but you’ll be surprised just how exciting it is to watch the birds that swoop or stumble around this amazing archipelago.
Here are four of our favourite feathered friends that you should keep an eye out for:
At one stage food was so abundant that this bird species forgot how to fly… But they turned into kickass swimmers and are a pretty impressive sight diving through the water after their dinner.
A trip highlight is snorkelling when a few of these land-tottering birds go for a fish nearby. Fast doesn’t even begin to describe them when they take to the water. But they are highly amusing to watch on land, especially waddling side-by-side and seemingly on a mission.
You know when people put flippers on and then walk to the water? That’s what it’s like to watch the hilarious blue-footed boobies. So clumsy, so blue.
Liberace could spring to mind when you first see a male frigatebird preening for a potential partner. Wings spread wide, warbling and shaking their brilliant red neck pouch, while the less-showy females make their choice. It’s true they are a little uncoordinated on land due to their long wings and small legs – which means they can’t take off from a flat surface but need to run down a hill in order to fly!
Do you have a favourite Galapagos Island creature?