Spitsbergen Arctic fox, eider ducks, snow buntings


This 2016 video is called Arctic foxes – SVALBARD.

After the ptarmigan love story, in the morning of 3 June 2013, we walked down again to Longyearbyen, the capital of Svalbard.

Arctic fox, Svalbard, 3 June 2013

On a mountain slope runs an Arctic fox, still mainly in its winter coat; with a prey in its muzzle.

One of the places where people regularly see rare ivory gulls is near the husky dog cages, just east of Longyearbyen village.

No ivory gull this morning again; like last night. Again, we do see hundreds of common eider ducks there.

Glaucous gull, Svalbard, 3 June 2013

A few glaucous gulls among the ducks. The one on the photo has been ringed. Probably, looking for eider eggs now that the nesting season has begun.

Eider duck male, nesting colony, Svalbard, 3 June 2013

A few weeks later into the nesting season, the male eiders will have to leave. They will molt, meaning that they won’t be able to fly. It is safer to be at sea then.

Male snow bunting, eider colony, Svalbard, 3 June 2013

Also at the eider nesting colony, a male and a female snow bunting move quickly on a woodpile.

Female snow bunting, eider colony, Svalbard, 3 June 2013

A reindeer near the eider colony as well.

Reindeer, Svalbard, 3 June 2013

Still, no ivory gull. Will we find them in Adventdalen valley, more to the east? We go there.

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