Nature

Island of harmony

Print edition : May 17, 2013

A land iguana on North Seymour Island. Land iguanas, fewer than the ubiquitous marine iguanas, are much bigger and are found mostly on Plazas and North Seymour Islands.

Iguanas and Sally lightfoot crab on Espanola Island.

Iguanas sunning themselves on Espanola Island.

Iguanas in communion. Espanola Island.

Iguana and sea lion. Espanola Island.

A mocking bird perched on a marine iguana in Espanola. Mocking birds and finches pick parasites from the backs of iguanas.

A blue-footed booby in convivial fellowship with a male marine iguana in Espanola.

Marine iguanas in communion. Espanola Island.

Lava lizard in Floreana.

Sea turtle at Floreana. Sea turtles invade the islands in their thousands during the nesting season, looking for nesting sites. The mothers lay their eggs and go back to the ocean without a backward glance.

A collection of marine organisms in Floreana.

A group at Post Office Bay in Floreana, posting letters. Subsequent visiotrs will sift them, take away letters addressed to people nearer their own homes, and post them through their postal system.

A moulting land iguana in Plazas.

Vegetation on Floreana.

Santa Cruz High Street.

Galapagos penguins marry for life. Photo: ed wqrwe reqe rwqe

The Galapagos penguin, on Chinese Hat Island.

The Galapagos hawk, in Plazas. It is the only predator on these islands.

A land iguana on Bartolome Island.

A view from Bartolome Island.

Volcanic vegetation in Bartolome. Photo: dxs fdsfgdsfg

A cactus on Bartolome Island.

A grasshopper (introduced species) on Bartolome Island.

A land iguana on Bartolome Island.

A lava lizard in North Seymour.

A land iguana crawling into its nest in North Seymour.

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