Ecuador & the Galápagos: Wildlife Edition

Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands are filled with fascinating and beautiful wildlife. Here are a few photos of the wildlife I encountered during my time there.

A Hummingbird at the Mashpi Eco Lodge's Hummingbird Observation Center in Ecuador.

A Hummingbird at the Mashpi Eco Lodge's Hummingbird Observation Center in Ecuador.

The Illioneus Giant Owl (Caligo illioneus) Butterfly at the Mashpi Life Center Atrium in Ecuador. 

The Illioneus Giant Owl (Caligo illioneus) Butterfly at the Mashpi Life Center Atrium in Ecuador. 

Two sea lions lounge on the beach on South Plaza Island, one of the Galápagos Islands.

A Galápagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis) on South Plaza Island.

A Galápagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoensis) on South Plaza Island.

A land iguana climbing a cactus on North Seymour Island.

A land iguana climbing a cactus on North Seymour Island.

Grapsus Grapsus, commonly known as Sally Lightfoot crabs, are one of the most common types of crabs in the Galápagos. They are born with a black or dark brown color in order to camouflage themselves into the black lava coasts of the Galápagos Islands. Adult crabs are bright orange and red with yellow or pink spots.

Grapsus Grapsus, commonly known as Sally Lightfoot crabs, are one of the most common types of crabs in the Galápagos. They are born with a black or dark brown color in order to camouflage themselves into the black lava coasts of the Galápagos Islands. Adult crabs are bright orange and red with yellow or pink spots.

A man feeding numerous Pelicans and a Sea Lion on the Santa Cruz Island of the Galápagos.

A man feeding numerous Pelicans and a Sea Lion on the Santa Cruz Island of the Galápagos.

A lizard sits on the back of a land Iguana on North Seymour Island in the Galápagos.

A lizard sits on the back of a land Iguana on North Seymour Island in the Galápagos.

A rare sighting of a Marine Iguana and a Land Iguana sitting together on North Seymour Island.

A reflection of a Galápagos Giant Tortoise in the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galápagos Islands.

A reflection of a Galápagos Giant Tortoise in the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galápagos Islands.

A male Galápagos Giant Tortoise attempting to mate with a female Galápagos Giant Tortoise at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galápagos Islands.

A male Galápagos Giant Tortoise attempting to mate with a female Galápagos Giant Tortoise at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galápagos Islands.