Happy Darwin Day!
Small cactus finch (Geospiza scandens) - Galapagos National Park, Ecuador
Today is Charles Darwin's birthday, so it seems appropriate to post a photo of one of the animals most often associated with him. One of the endemic Darwin's finches from the Galapagos. This is a small cactus finch (Geospiza scandens) that was taking a bath in a small pool of water which had gathered in this cactus. it was quite fun to watch the little fella splashing around in there and I got some photos I'm happy with. Teh cactus it is using as a bathtub is an Opuntia cacti, when these flower, the finches are able to feed using their specialised beaks. During the period of flowering the finches feed almost exclusively on the pollen and nectar from the cacti flowers. And in fact after its bath this little finch fed from the flowers you can see in this image.
Happy Darwin day!