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.
One 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.