Galapagos Forest Dweller

Ilke Geladi

It was my first field outing with my supervisor, where I could finally put to practice the many bird songs I had been studying over the past few months. We left for the highlands at the crack of dawn, as all birding work requires. As the sun was rising and we were slowly making our way through thick forest, we chanced upon this ray of hope: a young Galapagos woodpecker finch, a rare sighting in the small patch of remaining Scalesia forest on Santa Cruz Island in Galapagos.