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.

27 thoughts on “Svalbard Arctic terns in love

    • Thank you! The buildings are fairly recent (like nearly all Svalbard buildings because of World War II destruction); they are in a style reminiscent of continental Norway.

      Like

  1. Pingback: Svalbard Arctic char fish | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. Pingback: Svalbard ptarmigan, purple sandpipers, dogs and astronomy | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: Svalbard Arctic terns and gulls | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. Pingback: Svalbard Arctic skuas and snow bunting | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  5. Pingback: Svalbard little auks, continued | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  6. Pingback: Svalbard snow buntings, dunlins and reindeer | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  7. Pingback: Svalbard eider ducks, ice and fox | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  8. Pingback: Shoveler ducks in Svalbard | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  9. Pingback: Svalbard, bye bye! | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  10. Pingback: Dutch Sandwich tern’s journey to England | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  11. Pingback: Sandwich tern colony nests counted | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  12. Pingback: Svalbard Arctic terns get geo-locators, names | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  13. Pingback: Chinese Crested Tern in danger | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  14. Pingback: Svalbard Arctic tern research | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  15. Pingback: Tern migration in England | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  16. Pingback: Arctic terns get new island | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  17. Pingback: Arctic tern research in Svalbard, update | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  18. Pingback: Bird news from Rottumerplaat desert island | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  19. Pingback: Arctic fox on Svalbard | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  20. Pingback: Seabird migration, new research | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  21. Pingback: Bird migration, new research | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  22. Pingback: Svalbard expedition 2015, videos | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  23. Pingback: Desert island birds, plants and algae | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.