North Seymour Island

Just off Baltra, is a bird-lovers paradise,hosting nests of the largest colony of the beautiful magnificent frigate birds.From small boats, you come ashore to black lava and trails that lead past large colonies of blue-footed boobies and the frigate birds. You'll also discover sea lions and nesting marine iguanas.

Boobies and frigates share an interesting relationship. Sharing the same nesting area on North Seymour blue-footed boobies nest on the ground making their nests from the twigs of the palo santos trees, while the magnificent frigate bird nests just above them in the saltbushes.

Blue-footed boobies are great at fishing. Hunting off-shore, the boobies dive from mid air into the sea in order to catch fish. Successful, they return to the island with their prize to feed their young. Frigatebirds named for the warships once used by pirates are the pirates of Galapagos birds. In contrast to the booby, frigates are poor fishers. Their bodies produce very little oil for their wings and they are not waterproof. Unable to spend time in the water fishing they must rely on food stolen from other birds to feed themselves and their young.

Landing: dry landing
Highlights: nesting frigatebirds, swallowtail gulls and blue-footed boobies, land iguanas.
Conditions: flat easy trail
Notes: it is usually possible to see fur seals on the rocks near the landing site




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