Daily Archives: April 30, 2017

Land Iguanas: Santa Fe Island

Land Iguana, Santa Fe Island, the Galapagos, Ecuador

I posted a panel of Marine Iguanas from Espanola Island in the Galapagos earlier. When we visited Santa Fe Island we encounter our first Land Iguanas. Instead of feeding on alge beds off-shore, the Land Iguanas of the Galapagos feed on the thorny desert plants, and especially the succulents, of the islands. If anything they grow larger than the Marine Iguanas, presumably because they do not have to spend the hours resting in the sun to recover from cold dives…as Marine Iguanas do. On the other hand they might expend more energy foraging over wider areas than the Marine Iguanas, who at least has a concentrated food source. At any rate, some of the Land Iguanas are huge. We encountered this one in the late afternoon light on our way to the sea cliffs on Santa Fe, and managed some eye-level shots. 

Sony Rx10iii. Program Mode. Using the flip out LCD to frame from ground level. Processed in Polarr and assembled in FrameMagic on my iPad Pro.