Lava Gull - Darwin Bay, Isla Genovesa, Galapagos, Ecuador
World Species #922
Lava Gull photographed at Darwin Bay, Isla Genovesa, Galapagos, Ecuador. This is a Galapagos Endemic. This species of the Gull is ONLY found in the Galapagos islands and is classified as 'Vulnerable' by IUCN. Although its population is stable, several threats like loss of habitat exist for this bird. There are only 400 pairs remaining in the wild.
We were lucky enough to witness their courtship display and I was able to photograph one with his mouth wide open showing the scarlet inside.
Like all Gulls, they are omnivorous and scavenge food. They also take fish, crustaceans and small lizards. They are solitary nesters.