meet the animals of the galapagos

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Who loves wildlife-spotting while travelling?

We DO! So you can imagine what an incredible time we had when we were in the Galapagos.

We cannot believe that it has been 4 years since we visited there. We so fondly remember our time exploring three of the islands!

Without further a do… introducing the different wildlife we were able to meet.

Sea Lion

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Friendly, curious and relaxed, you can spot these gorgeous fellows everywhere. They really know how to sunbathe. We were lucky to see so many pups. We loved how uninhibited and playful they were.

Marine Iguana

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These guys are very unique and probably the ones we found most fascinating to learn about. They are typical reptiles, basking in the early morning sun. Then later in the day, they will dive for seaweed growing on the sea floor. They are the only true marine lizards and live only in the Galapagos. They are everywhere, so if you go, watch out where you put your foot, as they camouflage with the volcanic rock sometimes.

How many can you see in this picture?

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Land Iguana

Land Iguana

Lava Lizard

Lava Lizard

Different types of Giant Tortoises

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There once were 14 recognisable species of giant tortoises on the Galapagos Islands.  Over the years, they have been killed for many things by humans, including for food. The species count is officially down to 10 because when we were there, there were still 11.

With Lonesome George (pictured below) being the last of his kind, we felt very humbled to have met him before he passed away the year after we met him. It was estimated that he was over a hundred years old.

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Trivia: As a tortoise gets older, the lines on his shell become fewer. Works opposite to a tree trunk. 

Now to the folks found predominantly in the water….

Green Sea Turtle 

Sea Turtle

Not easy to see it in the photo, but it’s coming up for air.

White-tipped Shark

Sharks

Octopus

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We had to crop and zoom this photo a little so the octopus could be seen…. can you see it?

Manta ray

Manta Ray

Spotted rayfish

Spotted rayfish

We found the manta ray and spotted rayfish in a lagoon and not in the open waters. We were sitting on a jetty one lazy afternoon and looked down and what do we see swim past but these two.

The Birds

There are so many different species of birds in the Galapagos. These were the ones we were fortunate to see and snap a photo of.

Lava Heron

Lava Heron

One of many Darwin finches

Finch

Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone

One of many warblers

Warbler

Great Frigatebird

Frigate

They are huge just sitting there. Watching them in the air is simply unreal. There look enormous when you see their wingspan in flight.

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Galapagos Pintail

Pintail

Lava Gull

Lava Gull

Least Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Greater Flamingo

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Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Galapagos Penguin

Penguin

Brown Pelican

Pelican

Blue-Footed Boobie

 

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Interesting name… but there are plenty of boobies to see in the Galapagos. These blue-footed ones are easy to spot thanks to their bright blue feet. When they are in their mating prime, their feet are the bright blue.. it fades when it’s not time.

Just for a bit of fun, can you spot the four different species of bird in this photo?

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Disclaimer: We apologise if we have named any of the animals incorrectly, this is us digging into our memory bank :) If you spot any errors, please let us know.

Up until NOW, we hadn’t really appreciated the extent of all the wildlife we encountered on this trip.

Where would you recommend we go to do some more wildlife spotting?

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weekly photo challenge: early bird

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We’ve been a little quiet on the blog the past fortnight as we have been on a family road trip to Victoria (and back), internet was not very stable at some stops.

But we are back and luckily, we were able to catch an “early bird” moment to share. For the first time ever, we witnessed a beach sunrise.

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This was taken at Pambula Beach, down the South Coast of NSW, Australia.

Are you more of a sunrise or sunset person?

Share your thoughts with us.

we went to ‘the show’

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When Easter comes round, so does the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Fondly termed simply as ‘The Show’, this is an event spanning 14 days showcasing the BEST of Australia’s agriculture, arts and crafts and food and wine.

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Located at the Sydney Showground (in the vicinity of where most of the 2000 Sydney Olympics were hosted), almost 1 million people annually visit the show. It is a tradition :) There really is something for everyone at the show.

It has been at least 4-5 years since we’ve been ourselves and 2015, we felt was a year to pay it another visit.

When we go, we love looking at all the exhibits and animals. There are competition winners everywhere; #1 rooster, #1 llama, #1 cow, best drawing, best tapestry… even the biggest and heaviest pumpkin.

An opportunity for everyone to showcase their skills in raising and grooming an animal/vegetable/plant.
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But it’s not all about the agriculture, those who have a flair in the arts and crafts get their chance to shine too.

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For youngsters, there are petting zoos, animal nurseries, carnival games and rides – and don’t forget the show-bags. We remember buying those as kids and  now we can see they’re predominantly filled with junk & junk food (occasionally there is a goodie in there).

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A few of our favourites at the show….

  • the District Exhibit which is a display made up of fruit, vegetables, grains, pulses and wool from five different agriculture regions. This year the display commemorates the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC Gallipoli landing during WWI. It was very impressive as it is every year.

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  • the Woodchopping challenge where people of all ages race against one another to chop through blocks of wood. With woodchips flying everywhere and axes being wielded around, it does stir up excitement for us when we were kids and even now as adults.

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And needless to say, with a show like this, there is the typical fair food (all healthy of course) – with the choice of hot dogs, turkey legs, corn on the cob, fairy floss (aka cotton candy), hot chips plus more.

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Actually the last time we went to the show, we bought a bucket of fairy floss and since that day, we have NEVER touched fairy floss again.

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But no fair/fete/carnival/show is complete for us without our buttered corn on the cob!

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We were battered with rain that day but we didn’t let that dampen our spirits. We made sure we visited all the pavilions/displays and even had a go with the carnival games.

And to be honest, we’ve had our fix for now. Maybe 2020 will see us pay ‘The Show’ another visit.

Do you have an annual event in your home city that you enjoy attending?

Share it with us here

 

weekly photo challenge: blur

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Most of our photos that are blurry, we delete straight away. So this challenge was hard for us but we managed to find one of the Xi’an wall.

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Do you keep photos that are blurred?

Have a great weekend!

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