Darwin's Return: Hood Mockingbird

On Darwin’s 1835 visit to Galapagos, it was his identification of three distinct species of mockingbird that initially led him to question the stability of species. On this trip, he comes face-to-face with a fourth species: the Hood mockingbird. This one, by far the most aggressive of an already curious species, will explore almost anything in search of the most rare commodity on the islands: fresh water. This one examines an abandoned albatross egg along with Darwin.

2 thoughts on “Darwin's Return: Hood Mockingbird

  1. Ryan Thomas

    How have people not commented on these yet?! I’m laughing out loud at that little head poking up from behind an egg, and the curiosity of the mockingbird trying to figure it all out. I imagine it took time for the mockingbird to calm down enough for a photo of it.

    1. Dan McComb

      Thanks for being the first to comment, Ryan. I think this series is among the best work I’ve ever done, so thanks for noticing. Galapagos is an incredible place because you can get these kind of interactions to happen totally spontaneously. The animals are nearly fearless and in the case of the mockingbird, unbelievably curious. This one followed me around like a dog.


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