Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Marine life of the Galápagos

King Angelfish juvenile, Holacanthus passer
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This is the second of my Galápagos blogs and shows the marine life I encountered in 2008. The land fauna was featured here: Creatures of the Galápagos
Barberfish, Johnrandallia nigrirostris

Black Coral species

Blood Red Frogfish, Antennatus sanguineus

Blue Sea Star, Phataria unifascialis

Blue Sea Star
Blue Sea Star

Bravo Clinid, Labrisomus dendriticus

Bravo Clinid

Bravo Clinid

Cardinalfish, Apogon species

Chocolate Chip Sea Star, Nidorellia armata

Christmas Tree Worms, Spirobranchus giganteus

Fine-spotted Moray Eel, Gymnothorax dovii

Galapagos Slipper Lobster, Scyllarides astori

Galápagos Sea Lion, Zalophus wollebaeki

Guineafowl Pufferfish, Arothron meleagris

Guineafowl Pufferfish, Arothron meleagris

Guineafowl Pufferfish, Arothron meleagris

Horse Conch, Fasciolaria princeps

King Angelfish, Holacanthus passer

King Angelfish

Longnose Hawkfish, Oxycirrhites typus

Longnose Hawkfish

Marbled Ray, Taeniura meyeri

Mexican Anemone, Anthopleura dowii aka Bunodactis mexicana

Mexican Hogfish, Bodianus diplotaenia

Needle Sea Urchin, Diadema mexicanum

nudibranch, Tambja mullineri

Octopus, Octopus oculifer

Orange Cup Coral,Tubastraea coccinea

Pacific Creolefish, Paranthias colonus

Panamic Cushion Sea Star, Pentaceraster cummingi

Panamic Cushion Sea Star

Panamic Fanged Blenny, Ophioblennius steindachneri

Spotted Eagle Rays, Aetobatus narinari

Spotted Eagle Ray

Spotted Scorpionfish, Scorpaena plumieri mystes

Stingray, Dasyatis species

Whale Shark, Rhincodon typus

Whale Shark

Whale Shark

Whale Shark

Whitetip Reef Sharks, Triaenodon obesus

Yellow-tailed Surgeonfish, Prionurus laticlavius

Yellowtail Grunt, Anisotremus interruptus

Friday, 9 February 2018

Firecrest, bank voles and many others

Firecrest, Regulus ignicapillus
The last two visits to Arundel WWT have given me more sightings of the Bank Voles at the stag beetle log pile, the Coal Tit at the feeder and good views of a Firecrest by the Scrape Hide. The Great Spotted Woodpecker drummed and showed again and Goldfinches fed at the covered hide by the feeders. A Kingfisher perched on the wooden railings by the boat moorings then dived and brought a large fish back to its perch. It then proceeded to knock it against the wood and attempted to swallow it. After trying this for some time it flew off with the fish, hotly pursued by the Black-headed Gull.
Bank Vole, Myodes glareolus

Coal Tit, Periparus ater

Coal Tit

Firecrest, Regulus ignicapillus


Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis



Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dendrocopos major

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Great Tit, Parus major

Great Tit, Parus major
Kingfisher with fish, Alcedo atthis

Long-tailed Tit, Aegithalos caudatus

Robin, Erithacus rubecula