Blue Footed Booby at Playa Escondida (Weekly Photo)

Galapagos Islands Animals, Santa Cruz Island

As we arrived at Playa Escondida (on Santa Cruz Island) we first landed on a outcropping of rocks where there were a number of animals.

There were a number of blue footed boobies, marine iguanas and sally lightfoot crabs. The adult blue footed booby has to be one of my favorites, because of its blue feet (of course) and its empty-looking eyes.

weekly-photo-blue-footed-booby-playa-escondidaOne of the amazing things about the Galapagos is that the animals are generally unafraid of humans. I was able to walk within about 5 meters of this blue footed booby. He didn’t even budge, even when we left in the boat.

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Hi, I'm Bryan Haines! I'm a traveler, photographer and Canadian entrepreneur. I'm a partner at Storyteller Media, a content marketing company for travel brands. I blog at GringosAbroad (Ecuador travel) and Click Like This (How to Use a GoPro).

4 comments… add one
  • Galapagos booby May 15, 2012, 6:08 pm

    Hey Bryan what a nice shot of that booby. Those are one of my favorite birds. It is a shame I recently read about a mysterious case of a lot of dolphins and these birds apparently dying in the Galapagos islands. Do you know any clue about why was that happening? it is a real shame

    • Bryan Haines May 15, 2012, 9:39 pm

      Good question – I haven’t heard anything authoritative yet. So far, I don’t think the Galapagos have been affected.

  • Pam Jul 22, 2012, 3:50 am

    Please cxan you tello me about Playa Escondida. I spent 3 months in Puerto Ayora & never heard it mentioned.  I am guessing it is the quiet beach at the end of Tortuga Bay – si o no?

    • Bryan Haines Jul 22, 2012, 6:37 am

      Hi Pam, we’ll be covering more about it, but its actually east from Puerto Ayora. The name is good, isn’t it? It means: “Hidden Beach”. We’ll publish more detail in a couple of weeks.

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