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WTU: The Galapagos Islands

Posted in Galapagos Islands, Travel, Wildlife by Mike on February 23, 2009
This was the scene at a bus stop on Baltra Island.  Many people don't realise the scale of the homelessness problem in Galapagos.

This was the scene at a bus stop on Baltra Island. Most people don't realise the extent of the homeless problem in Galapagos.

Greetings from Puerto Montt!  A detour from our envisioned route down south as we were expecting to head straight to Argentina from Bolivia.  Instead, we have spent the last week or so in the Atacama Desert – the driest place on Mother Earth – and guess what?  It rained!  Not much mind, but enough to raise a smile and make us feel slightly hexed.

At this precise moment in time (Monday evening in the UK – bizarrely, we’re only 3 hours behind you) we are half way down the thin but immensely long country of Chile having spent a grand total of 36 hours on buses getting here from the north.  Tomorrow we’re finally headed to Argentina’s lake district, though from there our precise bearings are as yet undetermined – the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina’s Patagonian south or the Iguazu Waterfalls in its tropical north.  Decisions, decisions.  Possible coin flippage on this one.  Either way, we’re ending up in Buenes Aires for some hot to trot Tango action in a week or so which should be good.  Finally Argentina’s capital will have the kind of sweet moves it’s been longing for…

As promised, we now have some shots to show from our brief visit to the achingly wonderful Galapagos Islands, although the short video (contains sound) is a personal favourite – the opening shot of two bull males almost coming to blows is unmissable… I’m expecting a call from National Geographic.

Some shots from Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni (Salt Lake) to follow in the next week or so, hope everyone is keeping well back home.  Again, please keep us posted on your news, it’s so nice hearing from you!

Mike & Claire x

 

A Nascar Booby.  He was sitting on his arse until I got the big gun out.

A Nascar Booby. He was sitting on his arse until I got the big gun out.

 

 

Dude spent about 15 minutes sitting on my boots.  Got quite emotional when he left me for someone else's sandal.

Dude spent about 15 minutes sitting on my boots. Got quite emotional when he left.

 

 

Galapagos Hawk.  We saw 5 of them hunting for baby sealions on the beach.  Taken with Canon G10 point & shoot from about 2ft.

Galapagos Hawk. We saw 5 of them hunting for baby sealions on the beach. This was taken with our Canon G10 point & shoot from about 2ft.

 

 

Food fight!

Food fight!

 

 

"Some quality boobies kicking around here Steve."  "Mate, I'm still thinking about that pair of tits I saw yesterday"

"Some quality Boobies kicking around here Steve" "Mate, I'm still thinking about that pair of Tits I saw yesterday"

 

A Blue-Footed Booby.

A Blue-Footed Booby.

 

 

Not the world's greatest shot but I counted a total of 10 animals in it!

Not the world's greatest shot but I counted a total of 10 animals in it!

 

This was a bit odd.  Baltra is a bit more built up than we were expecting.

This was a bit odd. Baltra is a bit more built up than we were expecting.

 

 

We didn't get to meet Lonesome George but this was one of his chums - 180 years old.

We didn't get to meet Lonesome George but this was one of his chums - 180 years old.

 

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Marine Iguana.  Indigenous to the Galapagos.

Marine Iguana. Indigenous to the Galapagos.

 

 

One of Darwin's famous finches.

One of Darwin's famous finches.

 

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We saw this chap burying eggs before returning to the ocean.

We saw this little lady burying her eggs before returning to the ocean.

 

 

Having avoided the sub-prime crisis, Herbert was hoping his shares in Shell would pull through.

Having avoided the sub-prime crisis, Herman was hoping his shares in Shell would pull through.

 

 

Many bird species in Galapagos have become so accustomed to photographers that they are now born with features covered in make-up.

Many species in Galapagos have become so accustomed to photographers that they are now born with certain features covered in make-up.

 

 

I mean look at this one.  What a complete tart!

I mean look at this one. What a complete tart!

 

 

Others, however, only have their natural looks to go on.  This was on the back of our boat on day 2.

Others, however, only have their natural looks to go on. This was on the back of our boat on day 2.

 

 

"Hello?  Oh hi.  Look, Heidi, you're going to have to stop calling me.  I don't love you anymore, and if Seal finds out you keep ringing me I'm a dead man"

"Hello? Oh hi. Look, Heidi, you're going to have to stop calling me. I don't love you anymore, and if Seal finds out you keep ringing me I'm a dead man!"

 

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More to come…x

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  1. Big Brother said, on February 24, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    You little bro, you’re photographs are beautiful. Particularly the one that was shot/editted on my birthday!! and the video was brilliant. Chloe will love them all, (she’s in bed at the moment so she’ll see them tomorrow. You look like you’re having a great time. Keep it up. Love to you both. Ciao CND xxx


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