Galápagos Hawk at Punta Suárez on Española Island in Galápagos, EC

The second half of the trail at Punta Suárez moves inland. The path is littered with large, often treacherous rocks and flanked by tall scraggly vegetation. The experience is disappointing compared to the spectacular scenery and wildlife along the coast. Then you see it. This magnificent Galápagos hawk perched on a monolith. This raptor is endemic to the Galápagos. They average 18 to 23 inches with a wingspan of four to four-and-a-half feet. The largest ones live on Española Island. Conservationists estimate only 150 breeding pair remain in the archipelago, making this encounter a delightful rarity.

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Punta Suárez, Española Island, Ecuador

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