Svalbard Arctic terns and gulls


Kittiwake, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

6 June 2013 on Spitsbergen. After the Adventdalen valley and the mountain above it, to the area west of Longyearbyen village, to the direction of Bjørndalen valley. Along the coast, many kittiwakes fly. Some in flocks; some, like the one on this photo, alone.

Glaucous gull, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

There are bigger gulls as well, glaucous gulls. Usually, at least here today, they fly alone.

Many fulmars flying past, from the east to the west, again too.

Arctic tern, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

It seems that more Arctic terns have arrived here from their long journey to the Antarctic and back than last time I was here, two days ago.

Arctic tern, on driftwood, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

Arctic tern still on driftwood, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

Sometimes, they sit down on driftwood on the stony beach.

Arctic tern, on beach, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

Sometimes, they sit down on rocks.

Arctic tern, on rock, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

Sometimes, they call (not on the photos).

Arctic tern flying, Svalbard, 6 June 2013

Sometimes, they fly.

There are Arctic skuas here as well. They will be in a later blog post.

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