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April in the Galapagos Islands
In April the temperature of the air and water in Galapagos varies depending on the strength of the trade winds.
In April, we see the trade winds return to Galapagos which marks the beginning of a gradual cooling of air and water temperatures compared to previous months and the end of the ‘rainy’ season in Galapagos. At this time of year the Galapagos are very verdant and the water is still at its warmest with an average of 25°C .
This month sees the full return to Espanola from the Waved Albatross who have spent the previous months out at sea feeding, where their courtship displays begin.
These birds mate for life, and can live for up to 50-55 years and their courtship displays are really quite something to see. The courtship of the Great Frigatebirds on Genovesa (Tower) island also begins apace, with their red gullet sacks puffed out it is quite a spectacle. We also start to see the hatching season for both the Green Sea Turtles and the Galapagos Land Iguanas
- Air temperature daily high: 31 °C (87°F)
- Air temperature daily low: 24 °C (76°F)
- Average Rainfall: 71.1 mm (2.8 inches) (mainly in the highlands)
- Average Water Temperature: 25 °C (77°F)
- Waved Albatross begin mating and nesting on Espanola (Hood)
- Great Frigate Birds mating and nesting on Genovesa (Tower)
- Nesting Marine Iguanas
- Land iguanas nesting
- Green Sea Turtles nesting
- Red-footed Boobies and Nazca Boobies breeding and nesting year-round
- Magnificent Frigatebirds breeding (year-round on North Seymour Island)
- Flightless Cormorants, Greater Flamingos and Galapagos Penguins year-round, depending on food supply you will see breeding and nesting