North Seymour Island (Isla Seymour), Galapagos Islands
Separated by a thin strait north of Isla Baltra and Isla Santa Cruz, Isla Seymour is often referred to as North Seymour Island, while Isla Baltra is often called the South Seymour Island. Having similar flora and vegetation such as the Prickly Pear Cacti and salt bushes, Isla Seymour is very similar to Isla Baltra because they have both been created from a geological uplift.
Quite a small island in terms of land mass, Isla Seymour is definitely worth visiting. To explore the island, follow a circular trail roughly 2 km long leading inland and along the rocky coast that will take you through some of the biggest sea bird breeding colonies in the entire Galapagos. Here you will find birds nesting, mating and rearing their chicks all year round. Blue-footed Boobies and Frigatebirds are the main attractions here. Since most of the wildlife and birds in the Galapagos Islands are quite fearless, it is possible for visitors to get an up close view of the nests of many of the birds here, including the lovely Swallow-tailed Gulls and bright Yellow Warblers.
The Frigatebirds here present a magnificent sight with their bright red pouches on their necks. Inflated when they are trying to attract or catch the attention of a mate, these birds are also known for the interesting connection that they share with the Blue-footed Booby. Since the Booby is an excellent fisher, the Frigatebird often steals food right out of the Booby’s mouth.
Besides the many endemic birds, you can also find a number of other wildlife species on the island including Lava lizards, land iguanas and the Galapagos snake. Along the coast, one can also spot sea lions and marine iguanas swimming close to the shore. With Isla Daphne off in the distance, North Seymour Island has a nice dive site to the south, where one can discover the magnificent beauty and diversity of the Galapagos.