Photographer's Note

Picture taken at the Ballestas Islands in Peru. They are situated of at the coast of Paracas, one of the richest marine ecosystems of the world in Peru.
In time the islands have been eroded to form splendid caves and arches. Worth to mention that Ballestas means 'bow'. There are thousends of birds on the islands like Incan terns, cormorants and even Humboldt penguins. On the rocks are also a lot of sea-lions resting and making a lot of noise.

On the photo you can see a landing stage for boats. Since there are an enormous amount of birds present on the islands there are also tons of, indeed shit.... Therefore the islands are also called Guano islands, since guano means bird droppings. During all the years a meters thick layer of guano has formed on the islands, giving it the characteristic white colour. In the past this material was collected to use as agricultural fertilizer. That explains the landing stage!

For sure worth to visit when you visit Peru!

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