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|This photo was taken at the top of the Espanola Island plateau. Here our group was listening to the registered naturalist and guide of the Galapagos Island group. It was not easy to walk through the trail marked by 16 inches high stakes, that are painted white at the top. The path is very rocky and usually very windy.|
Espaņola is the oldest and the southernmost island in the Galapagos Island chain. The trip across open waters can be quite rough especially during August and September.
Espaņola's remote location helped make it a unique jewel with a large number of endemic creatures. Secluded from the other islands, wildlife on Espaņola adapted to the island's environment and natural resources.
Wildlife is the highlight of Espaņola and the star of the show is the Waved Albatross. The island's steep cliffs serve as the perfect runways for these large birds which take off for their ocean feeding grounds near the mainland of Ecuador and Peru abandoning the island between January and March. Known as endemic to the island, Espaņola is the Waved Albatross's only nesting place. Each April the males return to Espaņola followed shortly thereafter by the females. Mating for life, their ritual begins with the male's annual dance to re-attract his mate. The performance can take up to 5 days consisting of a series of strutting, honking, and beak fencing. Once the pair is reacquainted they produce a single egg and share the responsibility of incubation. The colony remains based on Espaņola until December when the chick is fully grown. By January most of the colony leaves the island to fish along the Humboldt Current. Young Albatross do not return to Espaņola until their 4th or 5th year when they return to seek a mate.
Information on Espanola Island taken from http://www.galapagosonline.com/Islands/islands/Espanola/Espanola.html
RAW (12-bit)converted to 8 bit JPG
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Lens: VR 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 18mm
Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/250 sec - F/8.0
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Optimize Image: More Vivid
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-C
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode III (Adobe sRGB)
Tone Comp.: High Contrast
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Image Comment: Copyright (C) 2008 Andre' Salvador
Long Exposure NR: Off
High ISO NR: On
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- [2008-09-29 16:15]
Indeed, this is vivid and saturated and fully sharpened (may be too much at certain spots). Good picture/action. Nice place, good note.
- [2008-09-29 22:55]
Luz intensa,contraste muy bueno..buena compo y profundidad atractiva...buena buena.
I like the photo, contrast and specially color of the sky.
- [2008-09-30 9:20]
A very strong picture this time.The sky is threatening and colourful.It must by a very interesting trip that day.
Thanks for the good note!
WOW Andre! HDR Makes this shot amazing! Love the almost 3D effect to this! The details are amazing! I will certainly try this and thanks for the link!!