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Island Animals (85) More files... by Tui De Roy
The word 'Islands' conjures up visions of untrammeled existence, where options are rare and threats fewer still. For animals to whom oceanic islands around the globe are home life means exactly that. The island ecosystem is often so simple it can support only hardy generalists like herbivores. It has no place for highly specialized species such as efficient predators who, if they ever got here, would soon eat themselves out of house and home. And because this enforced simplicity prevents a complex food web from developing, island species bask in a sense of security impossible to find on continental shores.

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Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) nesting colony on boulder slope, Penguin Bay, Campbell Island, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00142893 Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) nesting colony on boulder slope, Penguin Bay, Campbell Island, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
Royal Penguin (Eudyptes schlegeli) group walking to colony past Macquarie Island Cabbage (Stilbocarpa polaris) both endemic to Macquarie Island, Australia  -  Tui De Roy
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00140015 Royal Penguin (Eudyptes schlegeli) group walking to colony past Macquarie Island Cabbage (Stilbocarpa polaris) both endemic to Macquarie Island, Australia© Tui De Roy
Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) nesting on boulders overlooking large colony in volcanic crater, Deception Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica  -  Tui De Roy
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00140135 Chinstrap Penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica) nesting on boulders overlooking large colony in volcanic crater, Deception Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica© Tui De Roy
Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) large colony basking in morning sun, Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140001 Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) large colony basking in morning sun, Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) overlooking 1, 000 meter deep active caldera, Fernandina Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140009 Galapagos Land Iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) overlooking 1, 000 meter deep active caldera, Fernandina Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) female hauling out on beach, Bartolome Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140062 Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) female hauling out on beach, Bartolome Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Fiordland Crested Penguin (Eudyptes pachyrhynchus) courting couple allopreening each other, Monroe Beach, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00140076 Fiordland Crested Penguin (Eudyptes pachyrhynchus) courting couple allopreening each other, Monroe Beach, West Coast, South Island, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
New Zealand Fur Seal (Arctocephalus forsteri) bull resting on Ribbon Kelp (Durvillaea antarctica), Snares Island, New Zealand Antarctic  -  Tui De Roy
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00140190 New Zealand Fur Seal (Arctocephalus forsteri) bull resting on Ribbon Kelp (Durvillaea antarctica), Snares Island, New Zealand Antarctic© Tui De Roy
Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) checking out tourist, Mosquera Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140222 Galapagos Sea Lion (Zalophus wollebaeki) checking out tourist, Mosquera Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Sally Lightfoot Crab (Grapsus grapsus) group sharing boulder with Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) trio to escape high tide, Mosquera Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140522 Sally Lightfoot Crab (Grapsus grapsus) group sharing boulder with Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) trio to escape high tide, Mosquera Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Sally Lightfoot Crab (Grapsus grapsus) pair sharing boulder with Marine Iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) to escape high tide, Mosquera Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140523 Sally Lightfoot Crab (Grapsus grapsus) pair sharing boulder with Marine Iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) to escape high tide, Mosquera Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) guarding chicks in Mangrove (Avicennia sp) nest, Turtle Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140647 Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) guarding chicks in Mangrove (Avicennia sp) nest, Turtle Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Brunnich's Guillemot (Uria lomvia) and Black-legged Kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) nesting on the South Coast Cliffs, Bear Island, Barents Sea, Norwegian Arctic  -  Tui De Roy
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00140699 Brunnich's Guillemot (Uria lomvia) and Black-legged Kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) nesting on the South Coast Cliffs, Bear Island, Barents Sea, Norwegian Arctic© Tui De Roy
Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) family on nest site, Punta Suarez, Hood Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140785 Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) family on nest site, Punta Suarez, Hood Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) male in courtship display with extended gular pouch with female, Tower Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140914 Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) male in courtship display with extended gular pouch with female, Tower Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra) courting pair on cliff nest, Wenman Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140983 Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra) courting pair on cliff nest, Wenman Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra) fledgling stretching wings, Tower Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00140984 Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra) fledgling stretching wings, Tower Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) hatchlings with adult, Cape Douglas, Fernandina Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00141060 Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) hatchlings with adult, Cape Douglas, Fernandina Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) pair performing courtship dance, Punta Cevallos, Espanola Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00141144 Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) pair performing courtship dance, Punta Cevallos, Espanola Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) pair at nest lined with sea urchins, Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00141229 Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) pair at nest lined with sea urchins, Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Waved Albatross (Phoebastria irrorata) pair bonding, Punta Cevallos, Espanola Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00141269 Waved Albatross (Phoebastria irrorata) pair bonding, Punta Cevallos, Espanola Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) gamming group, Midway Atoll, Hawaii  -  Tui De Roy
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00141299 Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) gamming group, Midway Atoll, Hawaii© Tui De Roy
Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) non-breeding adult pair at colony periphery, Midway Atoll, Hawaii  -  Tui De Roy
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00141310 Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) non-breeding adult pair at colony periphery, Midway Atoll, Hawaii© Tui De Roy
Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) pair nesting around water cisterns near runway, Midway Atoll, Hawaii  -  Tui De Roy
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00141351 Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) pair nesting around water cisterns near runway, Midway Atoll, Hawaii© Tui De Roy
Takahe (Porphyrio mantelli) portrait, extinct, Tiritiri Matangi Island Open Sanctuary, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00141388 Takahe (Porphyrio mantelli) portrait, extinct, Tiritiri Matangi Island Open Sanctuary, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
Kea (Nestor notabilis) inspecting parked car, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00141583 Kea (Nestor notabilis) inspecting parked car, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
Kea (Nestor notabilis) perched on rock, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00141599 Kea (Nestor notabilis) perched on rock, Fox Glacier, Westland National Park, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
Nazca Booby (Sula granti) pair guarding large chick, Genovesa Tower Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00141704 Nazca Booby (Sula granti) pair guarding large chick, Genovesa Tower Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) endemic courting pair snake-necking and exchanging nest-building gifts, Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00141728 Flightless Cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) endemic courting pair snake-necking and exchanging nest-building gifts, Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) parents with chicks on nest, Academy Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00142457 Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) parents with chicks on nest, Academy Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) exercising its diminutive wings at nesting colony site, Skomer Island, Wales  -  Tui De Roy
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00142664 Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) exercising its diminutive wings at nesting colony site, Skomer Island, Wales© Tui De Roy
Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) collecting vegetation for nesting material, Skomer Island, Wales  -  Tui De Roy
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00142666 Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) collecting vegetation for nesting material, Skomer Island, Wales© Tui De Roy
White-capped Albatross (Thalassarche steadi) parent with chick in species primary breeding ground, estimated 65,000 pairs, Disappointment Island, Auckland, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00142910 White-capped Albatross (Thalassarche steadi) parent with chick in species primary breeding ground, estimated 65,000 pairs, Disappointment Island, Auckland, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
Campbell Albatross (Thalassarche impavida) bull rock north cape colony, only breeding area estimated at 26,000 pairs, Campbell Island, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00142924 Campbell Albatross (Thalassarche impavida) bull rock north cape colony, only breeding area estimated at 26,000 pairs, Campbell Island, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
Light-mantled Albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata) emitting sky-pointing courtship call, Monument Harbor, Campbell Island, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00142926 Light-mantled Albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata) emitting sky-pointing courtship call, Monument Harbor, Campbell Island, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
Light-mantled Albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata) pair courting on bluffs overlooking weather-beaten south coast, Monument Harbor, Campbell Island, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00142928 Light-mantled Albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata) pair courting on bluffs overlooking weather-beaten south coast, Monument Harbor, Campbell Island, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
Antipodean Albatross (Diomedea antipodensis) courtship display often pirouetting with outstretched wings, Adams Island, Auckland's Group, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00142931 Antipodean Albatross (Diomedea antipodensis) courtship display often pirouetting with outstretched wings, Adams Island, Auckland's Group, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) pair, Penguin Bay, Campbell Island, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00142958 Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) pair, Penguin Bay, Campbell Island, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) pair, Penguin Bay, Campbell Island, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00142959 Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) pair, Penguin Bay, Campbell Island, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) chick begging to be fed by parent, Penguin Bay, Campbell Island, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00142963 Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) chick begging to be fed by parent, Penguin Bay, Campbell Island, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome), Penguin Bay, Campbell Island, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00142964 Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome), Penguin Bay, Campbell Island, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
Light-mantled Albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata) pair courting on bluffs over-looking weather-beaten south coast, Monument Harbour, Campbell Island, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00142971 Light-mantled Albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata) pair courting on bluffs over-looking weather-beaten south coast, Monument Harbour, Campbell Island, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
Light-mantled Albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata) on nesting bluffs overlooking weather-beaten south coast, Monument Harbour, Campbell Island, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00142973 Light-mantled Albatross (Phoebetria palpebrata) on nesting bluffs overlooking weather-beaten south coast, Monument Harbour, Campbell Island, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
Hooker's Sea Lion (Phocarctos hookeri) cow bonding with young pup, Enderby Island, Auckland Islands, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00142976 Hooker's Sea Lion (Phocarctos hookeri) cow bonding with young pup, Enderby Island, Auckland Islands, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
Erect-crested Penguin (Eudyptes sciateri) juvenile, rare visitor from Antipodes and Bounty islands, Penguin Bay, Campbell Island, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00142978 Erect-crested Penguin (Eudyptes sciateri) juvenile, rare visitor from Antipodes and Bounty islands, Penguin Bay, Campbell Island, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) nesting colony on boulder slope, Penguin Bay, Campbell Island, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00143005 Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) nesting colony on boulder slope, Penguin Bay, Campbell Island, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina) bull coming ashore to molt, Perseverance Harbour, Campbell Island, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00143012 Southern Elephant Seal (Mirounga leonina) bull coming ashore to molt, Perseverance Harbour, Campbell Island, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
Campbell Albatross (Thalassarche impavida), Bull Rock, North Cape Colony, Campbell Island, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00143023 Campbell Albatross (Thalassarche impavida), Bull Rock, North Cape Colony, Campbell Island, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
Red-footed Booby (Sula sula) white morph represents only five percent of the Galapagos population but is reverse elsewhere, Genovesa Tower Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Tui De Roy
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00143103 Red-footed Booby (Sula sula) white morph represents only five percent of the Galapagos population but is reverse elsewhere, Genovesa Tower Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Tui De Roy
Buller's Albatross (Thalassarche bulleri) endemic to New Zealand's southern islands, investigating potential nest site on cliff along Olearia forest edge, Mollymawk Bay, Snares Islands, New Zealand  -  Tui De Roy
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00143250 Buller's Albatross (Thalassarche bulleri) endemic to New Zealand's southern islands, investigating potential nest site on cliff along Olearia forest edge, Mollymawk Bay, Snares Islands, New Zealand© Tui De Roy
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