Monday, October 25, 2010

Some Birds Can Fly and Some Can't

As you might have guessed from my last post, it was a Hawk!  It was a Galapagos Hawk to be exact!  This species of Hawk is also endemic to the Galapagos Islands.

Mom was not able to get a picture of his mama, who flew away as mom walked nearby.  The mama Galapagos Hawk was teaching this fledgling Hawk how to fly!  He fluttered on the ground a lot, having trouble getting into the air.

Finally, he was able to fly himself up onto a tree limb from the ground.  He was not so sure on his feet yet, or with his wings, for that matter.
My, those are very big claws he has!

Then he turned to my mom and said:  "Are you JB's mom?  You aren't making fun of me for not knowing how to fly, are you?"
Immediately mom told him no, that he looked very graceful, as she did not want to get anywhere near those big claws!

Then it was time for mom to leave this island so she could travel to the next interesting island.

She said good-bye to a couple of my new friends before getting back on the ship.

 And she caught a glimpse of a Striated or Lava Heron too.

Mom got back to the Expedition ship and found lots of Magnificent FrigateBird birdie butts all in a row.  
Mom hollered at them:  "What are all of you guys doing up there?"

And the Magnificent FrigateBirds said:  "We are ready to show you the way to the next island to meet the rest of our FrigateBird families and friends, and the Boobies!"

 JB:  Oh mom, I have been waiting and waiting to hear about your report on Boobies!  I am super excited!

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Angel, Kirby and Max said...

Neat friends., We would not make fun of your new friend the Hawk, either!

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

Oh how we love the hawk!!!

We still are excited from our hawk experience this summer - we look fur them each time we walk but we haven't enkhountered them again -

Thanks fur sharing all those GREAT pikhs!

Khyra and The Golden Khousins

Teddy Bear said...

What great new friends, JB! We can't wait to meet more.:)

Teddy Bear

Guardian Angel Ziggy said...

Wow JB!

Your mom sure is lucky to see all of those neat critters. The hawk is beautiful (with scary claws). You have such great new friends!

Happy Trails,
Angel Ziggy

Anonymous said...

What a BEAUTIFUL hawk! Mom loves hawks!

sdsfasda said...

What splendid photos! We have similar birds here too but it's unpossible to see them so near. You see them only flying over in the sky...

myonlyphoto said...

JB wow amazing photos again. The wing span is big for the bird on the last photo. Thanks for sharing those moments with us, I may never experienced myself. Anna :)