Arid Zone Flora at Darwin Bay Beach on Genovesa in Galápagos, EC - Encircle Photos

23 Arid Zone Flora at Darwin Bay Beach on Genovesa in Galápagos, EC

The Galápagos Islands are located on either side of the equator. You expect it to be very hot. Surprisingly, the high temperatures of this subtropical climate range from the 70s to 80s degree Fahrenheit. Yet Genovesa Island is an arid zone, resulting in sparse vegetation including mangroves, palo santo trees and cactus such as this prickly pear. During the dry season (July through December) much of the flora is leafless and appears dead. This is the perfect nesting environment for the red-footed booby. This proud parent will take turns guarding its single chick for three to seven months. Notice this parent’s coloring. It is called black-tailed white morph. This is a rarity. Most red-footed boobies have predominately brown plumage.

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Great Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island, Galápagos, Ecuador

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