Galapagos is also famous for its birdlife. It was through comparing finches from different islands that Darwin reached his breakthrough on adaptation and evolution. While we did not have a chance to visit any of the colonies, we still saw plenty of these island residents.
Blue footed booby - very popular on souvenir Galapagos t-shirts
Boobies turn into lethal missiles when they divebomb for fish - see the video below
A frigate bird landed right outside our cabin; they are majestic flyers
Penguins made it here also; the only penguins that reside in the Northern hemisphere (just barely)
The water here is a bit warmer than Antarctica, so we finally got to swim with penguins!
The Galapagos cormorant has lost its ability to fly; look at the glistening jewel eye
The flightless cormorant fishing for food
After swimming, the bird has to air out its feathers... spread your wings and dry (haha!)
Flamingos live here as well, and they were the most pink of any we saw on our trip
Some of the other big birds we saw: hawk, pelican, and blue heron