Waved Albatross

_MG_9518Thousands 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.

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Galapagos Swallow-tailed Gull


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. Continue reading “Galapagos Swallow-tailed Gull”



Kongo just finished a week in the Galapagos Islands aboard the Celebrity Expedition. This was a fantastic trip and the animals were over the top.  The monkey got up close and personal with boobies, land and marine iguanas, giant tortoises, mating albatross birds, sea lions, lava lizards, flamingos, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, and a bunch of other natural wonders that will be documented in future posts.

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