Svalbard red-throated divers and long-tailed ducks


Red-throated diver couple, Adventdalen, Svalbard, 3 June 2013

Spitsbergen, Adventdalen valley, 3 June 2013. In my earlier blog post I did mention red-throated divers in a lake, but did not post the photos.

Red-throated diver couple, lake in Adventdalen, Svalbard, 3 June 2013

Here they are.

Long-tailed duck male, lake in Adventdalen, Svalbard, 3 June 2013

I also mentioned long-tailed ducks. This is the male.

Long-tailed duck female, lake in Adventdalen, Svalbard, 3 June 2013

And here is the female.

Grey phalarope female, Adventdalen, Svalbard, 3 June 2013

And, of course, grey phalaropes, nearly omnipresent in the marshy Adventdalen tundra.

Grey phalarope female, in Adventdalen, Svalbard, 3 June 2013

Grey phalarope male, Adventdalen, Svalbard, 3 June 2013

Birds and Mammals of Svalbard estimates between 150 and 300 grey phalarope breeding pairs in all of Svalbard. Extrapolating from the small bit of Adventdalen which I saw, I would say it might be more than 300.

Grey phalarope male and female, Adventdalen, Svalbard, 3 June 2013

In the evening, over thirty glaucous gulls near a restaurant in Longyearbyen. They are quite common birds here.

Not so common is a lesser black-backed gull among them. According to Birds and Mammals of Svalbard, this usually more southern bird nests irregularly on Bear Island between continental Norway and Spitsbergen. It occurs annually in Svalbard, “in small numbers”.

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