Rabida Island, Galapagos is a beautiful iron-rich red rock island. Arrival by a wet landing from our ship, the Eclipse, we walked a short trail that led off the beach. A continual screech cry couldn’t be ignored and looking down I saw a teenage Galapagos Mockingbird screaming at his parents “Feed me! Feed me!” Seems the parents were trying to wean him off to get him to fend for himself, but the training wasn’t going so well.
These mockingbirds continued to entertain me throughout the week, so prepare for some more stories about these fun and entertaining Galapagos Mockingbird. Many people think that it was the differences in the finches on the Galapagos Islands that had caught Darwin’s attention. But actually, it was the mockingbird that had Charles Darwin recognize the evolutionary differences in the birds from different islands.
Darwin Finches were everywhere and darted here and there. The difference in the Darwin Finches are made by the build of their beak. Somehow the Medium Ground Finches were the ones that caught my eye the most.
Yellow Warblers were found nearly at every stop that we made during the week and serenaded our day with their beautiful song.
Following our walk-a-bout, we returned to the red sand beach for a swim and snorkel. The beauty of Galapagos is found in land, sea and sky. The volcanic islands are each unique due to their age. The sky is filled with a wide variety of birds. While the sea – the incredible sea is filled with another world of wildlife.
Galapagos is unique to any other location in the world. Three ocean currents merge at the islands, bringing a range of water temperatures that provide a supportive environment for the local wildlife. The Humboldt Current is considered the polar current with cold temperatures that ocean life thrives on. The Cromwell Current from the Pacific Ocean also brings cold waters, while the Panama Current brings tropical warm waters to the islands.
Now it time to take a swim in the water. Let’s don our snorkel mask and fins and take a dip in the warm waters at Rabida Island. It is a beautiful sight, and enjoy the colorful reef fish floating along the rocks with me. Keep an eye out though, we may just have a surprise visitor at minute 2.55.