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Galapagos Birdwatching

Galapagos birdwatching

Galapagos remain one of the most remarkable wildlife sites in the world. The Galapagos bird list includes a scattering of migrant species including Whimbrel, Tattler, and Franklin’s Gull and 57 resident species of which 25 are endemic to the islands. It is feasible to have close views of most of the endemic species during a standard one-week cruise of the islands.

The list includes thirteen species of Darwin’s finches, the Lava Gull, Galapagos Penguin, Dark-rumped Petrel, Galapagos Flightless Cormorant, Lava Heron, Galapagos Martin, Vermillion Flycatcher, Short-eared Owl, Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Dove and Galapagos Mockingbird.

Add to this, spectacular sea birds, such as Boobies, Frigate Birds, Tropicbirds and Albatross, all of which are unusually approachable. Even the most dedicated bird watchers will be distracted, however, by close encounters with sea-lions, fur seals, tortoises, land and marine iguanas and a particularly rich marine life.

Most of these residents land birds (and the sea birds) are quite approachable, and their locations more or less predictable, base don’t he island and Vegetation Zone. In this respect, you will get clear, up-close looks at the majority of these birds on a general tour of the Galapagos.

The upper level of Galapagos Naturalist Guides (and/or of the Tour Leaders) is capable of identifying most of the birds you will see and interpreting the relevant natural history.

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Birders have specialized requirements and priorities, which would be more likely to be fulfilled on a specialized Birding Tour. Birders lend to be "list-oriented;" the distribution (and daily updating) of a bird list is a very important part of a birding trip.

The shore visits are apt to begin a bit earlier and end later on these tours, to match pace with the activity cycles of the birds. An experienced eye can identify a few of the Darwin's finches and the migrant (and vagrant) shore birds that can make their way to and through the Galapagos. An expert Birding Tour Leader can make these sorts of identifications and also describe the precise keys needed to make such identifications.

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