Svalbard Arctic terns in love


Arctic tern, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

6 June 2013. After yesterday, today just east of Longyearbyen village centre on Spitsbergen. Like yesterday, Arctic terns there at the lagoon.

Longyearbyen, Svalbard, eastern buildings

The buildings of the eastern suburb of Longyearbyen reflect in the lagoon water.

Arctic terns, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

The Arctic terns, recently back from their long journey from the Antarctic, don’t have nests yet.

Arctic tern couple, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

But they already have courtship flights.

Arctic tern couple flying, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

Arctic tern couple still flying, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

We continue, to Adventdalen valley in the east. As we pass the eider duck colony, an Arctic skua lands.