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May 30, 2017
Inca Tern in the Galapagos Islands
Inca Tern - Rare Galapagos Bird

Not long ago we had a surprise visitor in the Galapagos Islands.

Walking down by the tourist pier, we couldn’t help but notice a number of Galapagos Naturalist Guides were quite excited about something. They were walking up and down the pier, with their phones and cameras out taking pictures.

Inca Tern in the Galapagos Islands

Now, that is a normal thing for travelers to do – as they see sea lions, marine iguanas, pelicans, blue-footed boobies and sally light-foot crabs around the pier. But guides are usually very laid back – it takes something special for them to get excited like this.

As it turns out a very pretty bird had made its way to the pier in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. It was an Inca Tern.

Usually limited to coastal areas of Chile and Peru, it is a very rare visitor to Ecuador – let alone the Galapagos Islands! It was the first time any of the Galapagos Naturalist Guides had seen it in the islands, so everyone was quick to get a photo and document this rare site.

Inca Tern

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