Birds of the Galapagos Islands Photos
Galapagos Lava Heron
Endemic to the Galapagos Islands as a sub-species of the Striated Heron, or possibly a species in its own right, the Lava Heron can be found blending in to the basalt background on many of the islands feeding on fish, crabs and lizards.
but their tall pink elegance is a welcome sight anywhere. They generally like to teeter around in fairly shallow salty lakes or lagoons in tropical areas. Floreana Island has a lava lagoon called Punta Cormorant which is particularly good for spotting these lanky loonies.
Flamingos love mud. They’re born in mud nests, breed in mud and feed on mud. . .
Unlike most birds which feed using eyesight, flamingos only use the sense of touch. They feed by stirring the mud around with their feet, then sticking their heads under the water, turning their beaks upside down and straining out tiny crustaceans (e. g. shrimps), molluscs (e. g. microscopic snails) and algae (mostly the blue-green stuff). Control of these organisms has a beneficial effect on the environment.