Monday, 27 April 2015

Galápagos Day 11 - Black Turtle Cove, Isla Santa Cruz

Today was a light day adventure-wise. In the morning we had an extended panga ride through another mangrove forest (similar to Elizabeth Bay on the evening of Day 6), this time at Black Turtle Cove on the north coast of Isla Santa Cruz.

Black Turtle Cove, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos
Pentax K-3, Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 77.5mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/1000

Similar to Elizabeth Bay, there were several small, wildlife-infested rock outcrops near the entrance to Black Turtle Cove and plenty of wildlife within the mangrove to keep a bunch photographers entertained for two hours.

Black Turtle Cove, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos
Pentax K-3, Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @82.5mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/500
Brown Noddy, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos
Pentax K-3, Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/250
Blue-footed Booby, Black Turtle Cove, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos
Pentax K-3, Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @115mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/1250
Blue-footed Booby, Black Turtle Cove, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos
Pentax K-3, Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @140mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/3200
Marine Iguana, Black Turtle Cove, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos
Pentax K-3, Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @200mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/400
Marine Iguana, Black Turtle Cove, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos
Pentax K-3, Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @150mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/320
Brown Pelican, Black Turtle Cove, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos
Pentax K-3, Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @200mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/2500
Green Turtle, Black Turtle Cove, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos
Pentax K-3, Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @77.5mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/30
Green Turtle, Black Turtle Cove, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos
Pentax K-3, Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @200mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/1600
Striated Heron, Black Turtle Cove, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos
Pentax K-3, Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @200mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/500
Striated Heron, Black Turtle Cove, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos
Pentax K-3, Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @200mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/640
Whitetip Reef Shark, Black Turtle Cove, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos
Pentax K-3, Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @70mm, ISO 400, f/5.6, 1/1000

The afternoon was spent on the boat in Baltra harbour, queued up to refuel, which gave us a little time to recuperate and catch up on diaries, photographs and, for some, lying around on Baltra beach.

National Park Guide hard at work, Baltra Island, Galápagos
Photograph courtesy of Joanne Smissen

Tomorrow - Post Office Bay on Isla Floreana

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