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!