Monday, July 22, 2013

Puerto Morro: the biggest Frigate Bird Colony from the Ecuadorian Coast

When some years ago I was invited to lead an English group to this location, I was amazed to realize that such a place existed. This was an area of the Ecuadorian Coast that I had not seen, in probably 30 years, or since I used to vacation there as a child, with my parents. After about an hour’s drive from Guayaquil you reach this old fishermen port which has a fleet of shipts waiting to leave for the ocean. Local people take you on a fiber or small fishermen boat, with space for up to 16 people, and after an hour boat ride downwards through an estuary, you reach the Frigate Bird Island. 

Once on the island you see from the rim of a shrimp farm pond, all the nests of Frigate Birds on top of the mangrove trees. Thousands of them, covering an area of approximate five kilometers! And they are only meters away from you. There is a great observation tower that puts you at the top of the mangrove canopy, an ideal place for many camera shots of this species.  

On the way back we saw dolphines! Yes, not huge, but dolphines. They were quite curious about the two boats that had tourists on that day and followed us for a while.

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