Here are the small boats we took out to the islands.
On the way to the islands we saw thousands of Peruvian Pelicans. They are bigger than the Brown Pelicans of Southern California.
Also on our way to the islands we could see Candelabra the geoglyph carved into the hillside, like the Nazca lines.
The Ballestas Islands were once the source of great wealth for the national economy, due to the vast quantities (literally several yards deep) of bird droppings. Built up over centuries, this nutrient-rich substance, used as excellent fertilizer and a key ingredient in the manufacture of explosives, was collected with fervor and exported throughout the world during the early nineteenth century.
The development of artificial fertilizers at the end of the 19th century ultimately led to a sharp fall in the worth of this unexpected gift from nature, and today the islands’ treasure is harvested on a much smaller scale, primarily for national agricultural use, and confined to defined periods of the year.
|Here are some local fisherman.|
|Humboldt Penguins, Guanay Cormorants and Gulls.|
|Inca Terns and Peruvian Boobies|
The rough looking penguin (third from the right) is a young adult loosing its juvenile feathers.
|It's a Sea Lion hot tub!|
|Sea Lion Coloney|
|A sea lion pup swims up to check us out.|
Here is a panoramic of a Sea Lion Colony. Click on it for a larger view.
One last view of Candelabra on our way back to shore.
We saw clouds of gulls on our way back to land.