Sunday, 28 May 2017

Great pictures of an albatross on the Galapagos Islands

We are at Punta Suarez on Espanola Island of the Galapagos in Ecuador. Hiking this small region for a few hours gave us so many great impressions that we are going to publish four articles about it. Today we focus on the rocky part of the island with high cliffs and blow holes. The rough waters of the Pacific Ocean enter the underwater caves and spray the water tens of meters in the air via the so called blow holes. A spectacle of nature. Between the rocks you see giant red crabs.

The highlight of this article is however the Albatross. One of the rarest birds on earth. They sometime stays for months in the air and exceptionally come on land. There is one occasion during the mating period, the Albatross returns to his partner. It is the only bird in the world who always returns to the same breeding partner. Sometimes they wait weeks until the encounter takes place. We took a few pictures of the female standing on the rocks and the male flying, high above, with its wingspan of more than 3 meters. I was very happy to bring my tele lens, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. We were extremely lucky.

Wij zijn aan Punta Suarez op Espanola Island van de Galapagos in Ecuador. Enkele uren wandelen op deze plaats gaf ons zo vele indrukken dat we hier vier artikelen over gaan publiceren. Vandaag tonen we u het rotsachtige gedeelte van het eiland met hoge kliffen en spuitgaten. De ruwe golven van de Stille Oceaan stromen de onder water gelegen grotten binnen en spuiten het water verder aan land tientallen meters de hoogte in via zogenaamde spuitgaten. Een spektakel van de natuur. Op de rosten zie je reusachtige rode krabben. 

Het hoogtepunt van dit artikel is echter de Albatros. Eén van de zeldzaamste vogels op aarde. Zij blijven soms maanden na elkaar in de lucht zweven en komen zelden aan land. Er is slechts één mogelijkheid tijdens het paringsseizoen, wanneer de Albatros terug keert naar zijn partner. Het is de enige vogel ter wereld die altijd nest met dezelfde partner. Soms wachten ze weken vooraleer ze elkaar terug ontmoeten. 
 
Punta Suarez on Espanola Island rocks

Punta Suarez on Espanola Island waves

Punta Suarez on Espanola Island rough

Punta Suarez on Espanola Island  blowhole

Punta Suarez on Espanola Island  blow

Punta Suarez on Espanola Island splash

Punta Suarez on Espanola Island hike

Punta Suarez on Espanola Island  albatross

Punta Suarez on Espanola Island  albatross

Punta Suarez on Espanola Island  albatross

Punta Suarez on Espanola Island albatross

Punta Suarez on Espanola Island female albatross waiting

Punta Suarez on Espanola Island taking pictures

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10 comments:

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  2. I had no idea the albatross is this rare! Wonderful shots of flight! Those are hard to capture.

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  3. Good to see some wild life and nature.

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  4. The lovely coloured water on the rocks, it's magic.

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  5. You did well - the Albatross has a longer wing span than any other bird.

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  9. Goodness what a place, the water looks fierce and the picture taking must have been quite exciting too!

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