October is a special month for the Lava Heron! These birds, also known as striated herons and endemic to the Galápagos Islands, start nesting.
Because their grayish color allows them to blend with the dried lava ecosystem, they´re not that easy to spot, but if you visit Galápagos during the beginning of their nestins season there´s a chance you´ll find them looking for food in the low tide.
These small birds live by the mangroves, rocky coastlines and salt water lagoons. They feed on crabs, fish and small lizards. Lava herons are usually monogamous and the process of building the nest is carried out by both parents. They build their nest on bushes or mangroves to keep the eggs off of the ground. They can lay up to three eggs and mate from one to three times a year!
But that´s not all for October… there are other birds that are worth looking out for.
Boobies are one of the most emblematic species in the Galápagos, attracting visitors with their bright baby-blue feet! Chicks however, look different from grown up boobies. They are born without feathers, so they are carefully cared for by their parents who protect them from the bright equatorial sun.
Then, when their feathers start to grow they adapt an adorable fluffy look. but what´s even more interesting is that they are born without blue feet! As they grow older, their messy young feather coat starts getting replaced by beautiful feathers and their feet start turning blue. Nevertheless, their fluffy look as chicks is something we love.
This October prepare to be amazed by the fantastic and unique birds of the Galápagos!
Tip: Lava herons are spread throughout all of their islands.
But if you´re into boobies we recommend visiting the Española Island, where hundreds of chicks pop out of their nests in the midst of a rocky environment.