|Punta de Mita Sunrise|
We anchored on the east side of the island, just south of Isleo Mona Menor, about a hundred yards off the beach. Eager to explore the place, we pumped up the inflatable kayak and paddled ashore. There we were confronted by a couple of Mexican naturalists who informed us that it was illegal to land there and advised us to go around to the south side of the island and land at the fish camp that was located there. It was too far for our flimsy kayak so we went back to the boat and launched the dinghy and motored around to the spot we were supposed to land. Our entire experience there was fascinating, but instead of trying to put it all in words, I'll let the photos do most of the talking.
|The Honcho at Anchor, Isleo Mona Menor in the background|
|Fish camp on the south side of the island, our dinghy is at left. Notice the hundreds of birds above the hill.|
|Booby chick on the beach. There were thousands of these babies on the beaches of Isla Isabel. Below, an adult blue footed booby|
|These birds will grow up to be incredible flyers and fishermen. The boobies appeared to nest mostly on the beaches and rocks, while the frigates built their nests in the trees or grassy areas inland.|
|Frigate nest in a tree. Notice the chick. These birds showed no fear of humans, we were literally within an arms length of this mother and chick. Below, a frigate chick stares back at the camera|
|Isla Isabel is an extinct volcano and therefore has a crater lake in the middle of it. With very little impact from man, it looks wild and primitive, and beautiful in an eerie way,|