Wherever there is three, one is always BETWEEN, which is the theme for this week’s photo challenge from WordPress. Here these three blue-footed boobies (Kongo calls this image Tres Amigos) perch on a rock in the Galapagos Islands. The two on the ends look at the one between. See more of Kongo’s Galapagos images here. Advertisements
It was feeding time for the vultures at the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park yesterday when Kongo passed by. Vultures are interesting birds and provide valuable services by cleaning up carrion in the wild but these are images you wouldn’t want to see anywhere outside of a zoo, like if you were trekking across the desert and one of them landed next to you.
Kongo is a proud Leo. Who wouldn’t want this magnificent animal for a talisman? So much better than say, a crab. (No offense to those gentle Cancer readers). The monkey took these pictures today at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. He was on the way to see the new Tiger Trail Exhibit after getting all lathered up from reading a wonderful blog post titled “Tiger Breath” a few days ago by Cindy Knoke. He passed the lion enclosure on the way to see the tigers.
The land iguanas in the Galapagos are fierce looking but they won’t hurt you. While their prehistoric appearance may startle you at first they tend to grow on you and pretty soon you’ll be saying “Iguana love you forever…” to your honey after an island outing. Really. And if that line doesn’t work you can always try (not recommended by the monkey) telling her that you do not suffer from “a reptile dysfunction.” I know. I know. Read on for the bar joke.
Thousands of Waved Albatrosses came ashore in the Galapagos to mate and nest just a few weeks before Kongo came to visit earlier this month. It was very fortunate timing on the monkey’s part because he got to witness the unusual and fascinating mating rituals these birds follow during breeding season.
The Swallow-tailed Gull found on the Galapagos Islands is truly an interesting bird. Aside from their red eyes and hooked beak, these birds are the only true seabird that is nocturnal. The red eye rim indicates the bird is in breeding season, which at the Galapagos Islands is pretty much year round. Another interesting thing about these gulls is that their eyes are larger than any other species of gull. This is to give them better night vision when hunting squid and small fish that come to the surface at night to feed on plankton.
Sally Lightfoot crabs are all over the Galapagos islands. These amazingly beautiful creatures play an important role in keeping the Galapagos clean as they eat pretty much anything that dies and washes ashore. They also feed on algae.