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Expedition Journal: A Delightful Red-footed Booby Encounter at Genovesa Island in Galapagos!

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Red-footed boobies spotted on Genovesa Island.

A red-footed booby encounter at Genovesa Island is probably one of the biggest reasons for why many of our guests choose to hop aboard our Northern Galapagos Islands itinerary. After all, it’s the only itinerary aboard the Santa Cruz II that allows guests to discover this beautiful, iconic bird with its mesmerizing shade of red on its feet.

A Beautiful Morning at Genovesa Island

Red-footed boobies are found on tree branches.

On Genovesa Island our Naturalist Guides will help you identify the red-footed booby.

It was a beautiful day at Genovesa Island in Galapagos, with pristine and clear skies overhead. We got up early to start walking up the famous Prince Phillip’s Steps – named after the visit of the British monarch – and were immediately greeted with the real reason why Genovesa is also known as “Bird Island.”

Frigatebird with its inflated gular sac.

The brilliant crimson gular sac is the most iconic feature of the frigatebirds.

Frigatebirds were flying around with their gular sacs completely inflated, Nazca boobies were also busy flapping their wings overhead while others rested on the ground, some of these were even busy fledging their young as we walked by! Seeing Galapagos birds with their baby chicks is by far one of the most endearing things one can lay their eyes on.

An Unexpected yet Delightful Red-footed Booby Encounter at Genovesa!

Once we wrapped up our highly amusing excursion on land, we headed back to the Santa Cruz II to get prepped and ready to hop into our kayaks and explore the waters around Genovesa. It was in the process of doing all this that, right there at our disembarking platform at the rear of the ship, a red-footed booby swept in and landed right in the middle of our group!! Everyone was incredibly surprised by how calm this bird was despite being surrounded by humans. It simply hung out there and looked around, without a care in the world.  Nevertheless, we were all highly respectful and mindful of its space and safety, even commenting on how crazy it was to think that birds like this could get so close to us! Completely fearless!

Encounter with a red-footed booby at Genovesa Island.

A red-footed booby seen aboard the Santa Cruz II.

It’s just another experiential example of why Galapagos is such a unique destination!

It definitely made our day even brighter and happier than it already was and reminded us just how important it is to care for and help protect this pristine slice of paradise that still confides in us humans.