galapagos

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Iguanas, dominant image of Ecuador's Galapagos islands, are gargoyles on the facade of Quito's imposing Basilica
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The endemic Galapagos land iguana, rarely as threatening as this one, has become the islands' primary symbol
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A nesting Galapagos land iguana, monster lizard endemic to the fantastical islands, appears to be sloughing its scaly skin
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The red-footed booby with its blue beak, its mate at rear, is among the Galapagos islands most visually striking birds
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Visibly interacting, two blue-footed boobies are populous and popular, nesting on flat surfaces often guano-covered
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As sally lightfoot crabs watch, two seals seemingly exchange affectionate greetings in the protected Galapagos islands
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A Galapagos sea lion (another still underwater) surfaces on to large lava rocks and takes in a big breath
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A relaxed Galapagos sea lion stretched out aft of a boat moored in Puerto Ayora harbour, Santa Cruz island
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An almost fledged Great Frigatebird, still tended by parents in its nest, at the least showy stage of its development
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Juvenile Frigatebirds perched sociably aboard a cruise ship touring the Galapagos islands
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Nazca boobies, or masked boobies, are proud parents of a chick grown into a large Galapagos population
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A Nazca. or masked, booby nurtures the recently hatched chick in its Galapagos ground nest; the second egg will be ignored
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A pair of Nazca or masked, boobies on a plateau of Genovesa island in the Galapagos where flocks of seabirds fill the skies
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These "chatting" penguins, endemic to the Galapagos, are the only penguin species to nest within the tropics
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Widely different species, a marine iguana and two Galapagos penguins ignore each other in their lava world
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Marine iguanas of various sizes and colours enjoy sea and shore life in the protected Galapagos island
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Could it be "hello mum"? The bizarre-looking marine iguana seems to be sheltering a tiny infant behind its right foreleg
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Two giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Centre in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz island in the Galapagos
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A giant Galapagos tortoise [Geochelone elephantopus] eating grass in the evergreen Highland reserve on Santa Cruz island
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An endemic Galapagos hawk, a rare raptor and, observed Darwin in 1845, tortoises' only natural predator
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A single flamingo [Phoenicopterus ruber] shines against its surroundings, a small green-edged brackish lake on Santa Cruz island in the Galapagos
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El Barranco, or Prince Phillip's Steps, ease the climb to a plateau above a rocky landing at Genovesa island in the Galapagos
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Bartolome, off Santiago island, boasts grand views of sea, beach, landscapes, even the striking pinnacle rock
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