So says the site svalbardbirds.com. It adds that recently, shovelers have only been seen in Svalbard in 1996, 1997, 2007 and 2013.
We saw the shoveler couple again, on the next day, 8 June 2013, at about the same spot. Eventually, they flew away.
But later that day, they were back again.
The day after 8 June, 9 June 2013, Ole Edvard Torland made these photos of a shoveler couple, very probably the same couple, in Adventdalen valley. Ole Edvard Torland writes the ducks were disturbed by a great skua. There are no records after June 9 of these two birds. Did they decide that after all, Svalbard was too Arctic for them?
Talking about common and rare birds in Svalbard: we did not see any greater black-backed gulls in Svalbard, though, according to Svalbardbirds.com, they are “common but dispersed breeders”. On the other hand, we were lucky to see a smaller relative of them, a lesser black-backed gull, which is rare in the archipelago.
We were also privileged to see a pectoral sandpiper, also rare in Svalbard.
- Svalbard phalaropes, snow buntings, and king eiders (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Svalbard ptarmigan, and red-throated diver (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
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- Svalbard king eider ducks and reindeer (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Svalbard gulls, plover and polar bear (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Svalbard Arctic terns in love (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Svalbard king eiders and phalaropes (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
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