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Cruising Active Transport
We left San Francisco on September 7th 2008 and are off to see the world in our Tayana 37 Pilot House cutter.
Active Transport's Photos - Isla Isabela
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This screen shot from google earth shows the location of Isla Isabela relative to the west coast of Mexico.  We sailed from Mazatlan to Isla Isabela in a single day which required that we get up early and use the motor when the wind did not cooperate.  We arrived at dusk and were able to anchor just before night fell
Here is another google earth screen shot that shows the Island in more detail.  I have added labels indicating the major features of the island and the area where we anchored.  Some people anchor in the bays at the bottom of the island but they had quite a bit of surge when we were there.
Here is a pic of Active Transport anchored near the pinnacle rocks that marked our anchorage.  These are called las monas which means something like womens
As we approached the booby sitting on this nest she flew off and remained at a safe distance as we walked past.  This photo shows how unsophisticated booby
Here is the mom from the previous photo sitting on the edge of the cliff waiting for us to leave the vicinity of her nest.
A booby nestling awaiting the return of a parent, hopefully with some yummy half digested fish for lunch.
We saw quite a few Iguanas on the Island.  They seemed to stay in the lower areas rather than up on the dliffs where the boobies nest.
This mother booby was more protective of her nestling than the one who abandoned her nest.  She wanted us out of there.  We complied.
A Mom with two nestlings
Yes, they really do have blue feet.  There are also yellow footed boobies that nest here.
We assumed that this blue footed boobie was a male based on his behavior.  He did not appear to be protecting a nest but was not happy with our presence.
This nestling is pretty well through the process of replacing all the fuzzy white feathers with something that look like real feathers.
A first glance this nestling seemed to be yellow footed but upon closer examination it was obvious that his or her foot color was due to droppings from the next.  The feet were blue but in this case we were looking at a third form, the poo footed booby
Here is a view of the ranger station and bays that was taken from the cliffs where the boobies nest.  You can see the fishermen shacks on the curved beach and las monas (where we were anchored) sticking up on the other side of the island.  The ranger station was a substantial concrete building that must have cost a fortune to build out here.  It was in dire need of maintenance.
Here is a young booby before he or she has started getting real feathers.
 
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