Friday, May 9, 2008

Birds of the Galapagos

I have already put up several posts, and quite a few photos, of our trip to the Galapagos. I think I'd be remiss though if I didn't include a post that was just birds.

I have to admit I'm not an avid birder. While my husband can identify more species than I can, when you get to the Galapagos it can get very complicated.

For instance, there are many different varieties of Darwin or Galapagos Finches on the islands. All these birds are about the same size and color. What sets them apart are the different sizes and shapes of their beaks which developed based upon the available food source. These birds ended up playing a significant part in the development of Darvin's theory of evolution. To novices such as myself, I couldn't tell them apart.

That doesn't mean though that I didn't enjoy the variety of what we saw. Different colors.

Different shapes and sizes.

And, of course, the blue footed booby

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