the reptiles of the Galapagos seem truly prehistoric, a throwback to the dinosaurs. Ironically, despite the “prehistoric” appearance of the iguanas, the modern-day marine and land iguanas of the Galapagos are in fact a fairly recent evolution.
The American Oystercatcher (Haematopus palliatus) is a common species found throughout the coastal areas of both the Americas. Here the endemic subspecies galapagensis, with a population around 200 pairs, is confined to rocky shores, sandy beaches, and coastal lagoons.
All camera settings were in manual mode and were identical for all 11 shots. Ideally, the shots would have been taken from a tripod using a bubble level to ensure a perfect horizontal.