Island Life: Española

June 07, 2013
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This week IE’s president Van Perry has been checking-in via satellite phone from his Galapagos Islands cruise. (Be sure to see the highlights here). During the journey, Van learned that Española, the archipelago’s southernmost island, is our naturalist Boli’s favorite island. Here are just a few things you’ll find on Española.

Española’s isolation has resulted in an abundance of unusual wildlife and endemic species such as the Española mockingbird, Española lava lizard,  waved albatross and brightly colored marine iguanas.

The waved albatross — seen in International Expeditions’ logo — almost exclusively nests Española between mid-April and December. The island’s entire south coast is a low cliff and the updraft, caused by tradewinds, enables these large birds to take flight with relative ease.

While hiking, snorkeling and riding boats around the island, watch for:

  • Blue-footed booby
  • Española (Hood) lava lizard
  • Española (Hood) mockingbird
  • Galapagos dove
  • Galapagos hawk
  • Galapagos sea lion
  • Ghost crab
  • Green sea urchin
  • Lava heron
  • Marine iguana
  • Nazca booby
  • Red-billed tropicbird
  • Sally Lightfoot crab
  • Small ground finch
  • Swallow-tailed gull
  • Wandering tattler
  • Warbler finch
  • Waved albatross

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Have you been to Española? 

What was your favorite sighting?

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