Kindly contributed by Michael Jackson, author of the indispensable Galapagos, A Natural History.
“Among my favorite places in Galapagos is Punta Suarez on Isla Espanola, where at the end of the visitor trail you suddenly find yourself at the top of a cliff with a magnificent view to the south. This is a great place to sit down and watch the Galapagos world go by. Frigatebirds cruise effortlessly on the updraft created by the south-easterly winds, always on the lookout to snatch a meal. Nazca and blue-footed boobies glide back and forth, and swallow-tailed gulls hover over the rocks. When the waved albatross colony is active, the birds waddle up to the edge of the cliff, pause and then leap into a graceful glide. A Galápagos hawk often perches atop a small pointed peak in the distance.