Brilliance and Nature - Galápagos Mockingbird nesting in Cactus
Photo and caption by Nancy Merridew
Aptly named, Galápagos Mockingbirds are the unsung heroes of natural science’s greatest coup – Natural Selection. On his landmark voyage aboard the Beagle, Charles Darwin noticed marked differences in their beaks – before the finch realisation. Taken in context, the photo exemplifies ecology and survival. Cacti harness precious water and sun’s rays, then support other life. The relationship is reciprocal. In return for nesting and sustenance, mockingbirds pollinate flowers and distribute seeds for future cactus generations. National Geographic Endeavour, September 2012 Expedition.
Location: Cerro Dragon, Isla Santa Cruz, Galápagos Archipelago