Svalbard puffins and barnacle geese


Polar bear traffic sign, Svalbard, 8 June 2013

Today, after the ptarmigan and red-throated diver in the morning, and the shoveler ducks later, is the afternoon of 8 June in Svalbard. We say goodbye to the polar bear … err … to the polar bear image on the traffic sign, and to the snowy mountain behind it đŸ™‚

On the opposite side of the road, not far from where the shovelers were, snow buntings.

Barnacle goose, Svalbard, 8 June 2013

And a barnacle goose couple walking around.

We are going by zodiac boat to the Isfjord, the second longest fjord of Svalbard.

In Longyearbyen harbour, a black guillemot swims.

On Fuglefjellet mountain, many seabirds nest. As we approach it, puffins swimming.

At Fuglefjellet, there are kittiwakes. And little auks: high up the mountains.

Thick-billed murre colony, Fuglefjellet, Svalbard, 8 June 2013

And there are thick-billed murres.

This is a video about thick-billed murres feeding their chicks in a nesting colony in Svalbard.

This video is also about thick-billed murres in Svalbard.

Three great skuas flying.

The zodiac continues to the mining ghost town Grumant. Kittiwakes nest on the buildings now. We can’t land; too many waves.

Puffin, Svalbard, 8 June 2013

As the zodiac returns, puffins swimming again.

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