largely devoid of water with some mudflat. I was able to descend the stairs and approach this bird.
My field ID was Woodpecker Finch, based in part of my interpretation of what was a decidely unique call. A loud, single note that drew attention even from the casual observer. However, re-examination give me pause. Bill structure does not seem quite right. Can I eliminate Large Tree Finch?
adult with molting juv. (est. 5 months old).
The site is exposed beach area at the tip of a recent lava flow. Vegetation on the point was limited to low (1.5m ht) clumps of Red Mangrove. Two hundred meters farther inland and to the west, these are augmented by White Mangrove trees of 4 meter hts.
One of about 45 present in and around the Red Mangroves. Up to 4 were actively patrolling a saltwater lagoon at low tide. This is the common dragonfly of the islands. Only another 7-8 species are known from the Archipelago. There appears some confusion over the identity of the more common dragonfly. This species is depicted in "Wildlife of the Galapagos" by Fitter et al (2000) only incorrectly identified as a Spot-winged Glider.
There has been some question over the ID of the Tramea common to the Galapagos, but I follow Dennis Paulson with T. cophysa. This ID was confirmed in Odonatacentral. See ...
Lava Lizard, Microlophus sp. I originally ID'd this as M. albemarlensis. However, that species is not listed for Rabida I. in Wikipedia.
Only Microlophus jacobi is given as present on Rabida I. However, these individuals look nothing like Santiago Lava Lizard (M. jacobi). Nor do they look that good for any other species but come close to Microlophus indefatigabilis of Santa Cruz I.
Espanola Lava Lizard (Microlophis delanonis)
Galapagos Green Sea Turtle ... following http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gal%C3%A1pagos_green_turtle
Large Painted Locust
Sally Lightfoot Crab
Galapagos Silver Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae galapagensis)