Debby’s recent post about heart-shaped things in nature reminded me of this photo I took on Isla EspaÃ±ola in the GalÃ¡pagos Islands, during my honeymoon in 2007. We were surrounded by giant Waved Albatross, and we felt like we were honored guests to their intimate and intricate mating dance. They enthusiastically clack their beaks together and circle each others’ beaks, after dipping and bowing their heads from side to side. It is quite an amazing sight! Waved Albatross come to EspaÃ±ola specifically to mate, which seemed rather appropriate, given my own reason for being there.
Photo by Kate McCombs