Eric took nearly 4,000 photos during the 24 days we spent in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. It took nearly that many days to narrow things down to a few hundred stand out shots, including this selection of Eric’s favorite shots of the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.
Wildlife of the Galapagos Islands
Eric took hundreds of pictures of sea lions in the Galapagos but the sleepy eyes and adorable pose of this baby sea lion napping in the sun really got us.
There are three kinds of boobies in the Galapagos. This one is a red footed booby and the feet truly are spectacular, however, the color on its face is portrait worthy too.
Marine iguanas only exist in the Galapagos and their dinosaur-like selves are a common sight on some islands. We love the regal pose of this one, master of all it surveys.
Penguins are adorable no matter what. They’re irresistible when they shake like dogs.
This Galapagos tortoise took a quick break from mowing the lawn to give Eric his best wise-old-man face.
Dinosaurs (in the form of marine iguanas) are alive and well in the Galapagos.
Blue footed boobies usually live up to their name (which comes from a Spanish word for dumb), but Eric caught this one in a contemplative moment as it looked out to sea.
The omnipresent frigate bird is most often photographed for its iridescent feathers and red throat sack but their unique silhouette is worth a shot too.
Eric’s camera did not disturb this napping sea lion who stayed submerged in a warm, shallow pool as it slept, occasionally exhaling bubbles.
Look left for a rare glimpse of juvenile marine iguanas.
The third type of booby in the Galapagos is called a Nazca booby, though we think this one, caught having a stare-down with Eric’s lens, embodies the species’ former name: masked booby.
Sea lions are one of the most widely distributed of the animals in the Galapagos Islands and are particularly lovely on the islands with red sand, like this female coyly sunning herself.
They may no longer be able to fly, but mating flightless cormorants are perfectly capable of land ballet as these two amiably demonstrated.
We admit that we smiled back at this land iguana.
Red footed boobies setting up house for another season of chicks.
Marine iguanas pile up in the sun to warm their reptile bodies, mimicking the darkness, stillness and geometry of the lava rock they live on.
Even birds that are seen in other parts of the world, like herons, take on a new intensity and regalness in the Galapagos.
Even if this young Galapagos tortoise could run away it wouldn’t bother. Animals in the Galapagos don’t see humans as predators so they’re less stressed by our presence, as this shot shows.
A burst of new growth mirrors the emerging colors of this molting land iguana.
And THIS is how a mobula ray flies.
This marine iguana struck an uncharacteristically elegant pose as it soaked warmth out of volcanic rock.
Going to the Galapagos
We’ve traveled to the Galapagos Islands three times while working on a wide range of story assignments. We’ve now spent more time in the Galapagos than Charles Darwin did. That doesn’t mean we’ve come up with a revolutionary scientific theory, but it does mean that we know our way around the place. For more insights and inspiration about going to the Galapagos, check out the stories we’ve reported and written about traveling to the Galapagos Islands.