“Hey, Harry, who’s the new chick?”

At other times they were flying a “missing man formation” as they dive bombed the local piscatorial population…

Back on the ship at the end of the day, the first thing we do is take a look at our pictures…

That fellow in the rear has a rather sinister look on his face as he sneaks up on the guy in front.

The Blue Footed Boobies (Yep, that’s really what they are named) seemed a bit more interested in one of the local Egrets…

As "Dandy" Don Meredith (Thanks for the correction, BIL) used to sing at the end of a football game, “Turn out the lights, the party’s over, but tomorrow starts the same old thing again.”  Be sure to check back soon for our final chapter in this series.  Hugs, CC and me

Here’s one of my personal favorites (Look closely)…

Well…he’s mostly in the boat.

While cruising along the coast we came upon this sea lion pup who had misplaced his mother…

“MAMAAAAAAAA!!”

Here my Bride is perched along a penguin trail conducting a census of the Antarctic penguins in January, 2000… “38, 39, 40, 41…Hey, you, get back in line, 42, 43, 44.”

By now we had gotten pretty comfortable travelling by Zodiac and discovered that sitting in the rear of the boat afforded us the best opportunity to get clear pictures of the wildlife without someone’s hand or head suddenly appearing in the frame…

Occasionally your guide will go that extra distance to get some underwater photos while still in the boat…

This archipelago is widely varied in both fauna and flora.  Some of the islands host the plant life you would expect to find in a desert…

Dinner is served, and afterward a little peck on the nose, “Thanks, Mom.”…

And swimming in the waters among the tress you will find stingrays and Green Sea Turtles…

Finally, showered and fed, we locate a comfortable spot in the shade and curl up with a good book and The Zook…

Flightless cormorants are another of the species found only in the Galapagos Islands…

Your guide will tell you to stay at least 6 feet away from the animals at all times, and then, in the same breath, he tells you to stay on the marked trail and stay with your group.  Pick one!!!!

Here are a few more assorted pictures you may enjoy…

Some among us found this behavior extremely interesting…

Many people are unaware that the Galapagos Islands, located on the Equator, are home to a large population of penguins.  These guys are about the same size as their Antarctic cousins, the Chinstrap Penguins…

Unlike the Galapagos Penguins, you have to dress quite warmly to visit their southern relatives…

The Marine Iguanas are found on most of the islands and, like all the wildlife, they have absolutely no fear of people.  In fact, they become somewhat of a nuisance after a while…

Others of the islands are home to massive mangrove forests…

“Hey, guys, I caught dinner but a little help dragging it home would be appreciated!”  Here, as Paul Harvey might say, is “the rest of the story”…

And then it’s a few drinks and some barbecued lobster with the Captain…

  Galapagos - Part 2                                                 November 23, 2014

Next on our list of islands to visit were Isabella and Bartolome where we encountered many of the same critters we had been seeing as well as a few new ones…