|Male Frigate Bird, North Seymore Island, Galapagos|
It’s slightly surprising for the Galapagos Islands to be bottom of my list, but in fact the islands were so disappointing that their place here is well deserved.
|A sealion pup checks out our sound recordest, Andy Moorwood|
The Galapagos have been over-hyped in the past, but all the same I had high expectations when I set out from England, but the bureaucracy and the over zealous attitude of the National Parks wardens eventually drove me to despair.
The rules for film-makers are so restrictive as to make our jobs almost impossible and in the end we were able to film for only 4 of the 20 days we were there. We were told by one nature guide that some of the wardens were not allowing tourists to take expensive looking cameras into the parks because they might be secret professionals!
We had our permissions and still they refused us entry with cameras. Mad! Eventually they admitted that they had made some administrative errors but they would keep our deposit anyway.
The marine iguanas, the giant tortoises and the blue-footed boobies are amazing. Darwin’s finches are fascinating and it’s fun to swim with sea lions and sharks, but it’s all SO familiar it’s slightly underwhelming.
|Marine Iguana, Galapagos Islands|
|Blue-footed Booby displays, Galapagos|