Just 61 sq km in size, Espanola is a fantastic place to go bird watching. It’s home to the Waved Albatross, considered to be among the most spectacular birds in the world. The island’s steep cliffs serve as the perfect runways for these large birds, which take off for their ocean feeding grounds near the mainland of Ecuador and Peru abandoning the island between January and March. Endemic to the island, Espanola is the waved albatross’s only nesting place. Each April, the male Albatross return to Espanola followed shortly thereafter by their mates. Young albatross do not return to Espanola until their 4th or 5th year when they return to seek a mate. It’s worth a visit between the months of late March through to December, when the Albatross rests and nests here.
Inspired by publications like Life Magazine, National Geographic and online experiences like Boston.com’s photo blog, images marked as ‘The Whole Picture’ are intended to highlight high-quality, amazing imagery. Kathryn and Daniel will post ‘The Whole Picture‘ irregulary. Like all of our photos, it is an original photo not otherwise on the site—it might be fresh from our camera, a new scan of some old film, a product of our fooling around with Photoshop, or a file from the archive that we haven’t posted yet.