Svalbard Arctic skuas and snow bunting


Arctic skua, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

Spitsbergen, 6 June 2013. Apart from the Arctic terns mentioned in an earlier blog post, there were Arctic skuas west of Longyearbyen town as well.

Arctic skua couple, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

A skua couple sat down among the rocks.

Arctic skua on grass, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

Arctic skua on rock, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

Arctic skua on driftwood, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

They did not have a real quiet time there, as Arctic terns tried to drive them away.

Arctic skua flying, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

Arctic skua near coast, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

Sometimes, we looked at the mountains across Isfjorden.

Isfjorden mountains, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

Then, we continued, from the coast to the mountain face near Bjørndalen valley.

Snow bunting male, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

A male snow bunting sat there on a lichen-covered rock.

And there were little auks. Many little auks. They have to wait till a later blog post.

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