Trucking Along...& Galapagos Part VIII. 07:34:49S 116:07:98W
First off all please accept my apology for the confusion as to why the Blogs have recently not been posted. Mailasail are looking into what could have caused this. Hopefully it will not happen again, because normally these are very reliable.
Since the last (chronological) blog, we are still Goose
winging with the Staysail as well and are really eating up the miles, with
speeds of up to 9.5knots SOG being recorded. We have covered the best
part of 200nm in the last 24 hours. Mind you not the most comfortable of rides,
but the quicker we get the Nuku Hiva, the happier I will be! Just 1421NM to go
now. Or to put it another way,
To continue the Galapagos saga……
Rabida. This is a very different
The picture below shows off the red lava and the rugged terrain
Another delightful creature to inhabit this island is the local Lava Lizard. These are chameleon. If you get too close, they turn a rust red colour. I did get one picture of this happening. But the camouflage is so effective you can’t see the lizard clearly on these low resolution pictures. So you will just have to take my word for it. Or come and see for yourself, which is a much better idea!
Rabida is also an important nesting ground for Marine Iguanas. More of which anon. But this does mean that quite a lot of the beach area is restricted access.
Rabida, in common with most
The chap below is interesting. They are called Smooth Billed
Annie’s. They are about the same size as a rook. They are not native to
Galapagos, but were introduced abut 100 years ago by cattle farmers. I believe
they came from
The other pests on this island are wasps. (Also imported). Mercifully
we were not bothered by them, but there were a lot of containers on the ground,
which are used to attract the wasps and then kill them. I did read that Mina
birds had also been introduced to some
We did see lots of beautiful small birds, especially Yellow Warblers. I managed to get several pictures of bushes,……… where they had been………………………………
But the star of the show on this
We did not expect to see any, but within 10 minutes of
landing on the
The staple diet of these hawks is marine Iguana!
The principle way they hunt them is to wait until the female Iguana is entering her nest, then because she has her head buried in the sand and cannot see the hawk, it swoops down and buries its sharp and powerful talons in the tail of the Iguana, One hawk holds the Iguana, then the second one swoops down and then drags the doomed Iguana backwards out of its nest. This one put up quite a struggle. In the end it tired and was dragged out. As soon as the head was clear of the nest the female Hawk drove its beak into the Iguanas head and that as they say was the end of that.
Anyone for fresh Iguana sushi……..
Note, in the interests of good taste I did not publish the final picture in this sequence.
Next up, we cross the equator again…twice, and visit