A few from the Arctic -updated 29 July

A few from the Arctic -updated 29 July

Postby Blackbird on Thu 27 Jul 2017, 6:02 am

Recently back from a trip around Svalbard which was a great experience and something very different. A selection of the wildlife that we saw...

Arctic Tern
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...I am the Eggman!
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Red throated Diver
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Common Eider
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Barnacle Goose
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Black-legged Kittiwake
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Arctic Skua
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The absolute highlight of the trip :biggrin:
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Ivory Gull
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Puffin
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Snow Bunting
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Another Arctic Skua
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Glaucous Gull
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Well done if you've made it to the end! C&C always welcome.

Andy :smile:
Last edited by Blackbird on Sat 29 Jul 2017, 4:37 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: A few from the Arctic

Postby capercaillie on Fri 28 Jul 2017, 5:12 pm

Very nice Andy, all of them, I've seen all the birds in the UK, so I'm going to be super jealous of the Walrus and my favourite animal the Polar Bear, would love to see one in the wild. :up: :clap:
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Re: A few from the Arctic

Postby FarnboroJohn on Fri 28 Jul 2017, 6:58 pm

Appetite whetted further... Like Caper I've had all the birds down here but the mammals......!

I suspect my own Svalbard visit is still a few years away but it is right at the top of the big foreign trip list. That Polar Bear is really special. Also really nice to see a Glaucous Gull in proper habitat and light instead of grotting round some East Coast fish quay.

Very nice set.

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Re: A few from the Arctic

Postby CJS on Fri 28 Jul 2017, 9:32 pm

Ah these are splendid. Thanks for sharing them. Love the bird shots - especially the Puffins, they're such charismatic little things - and the Polar Bear of course. What an experience!
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Re: A few from the Arctic

Postby Blackbird on Sat 29 Jul 2017, 4:36 am

Thank you for your kind comments.

Here are a few more...
Bearded Seal
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Brunnich's Guillemot (I think) - or Thick-billed Murre if you prefer
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Another irresistable Puffin!
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Another Walrus shot
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We were very close to Reindeer
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Another shot of the majestic Polar Bear :biggrin: . We watched this from the ship for some 4-5 hours even though it did get a bit chilly!
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It was a great trip, not just for the wildlife but the scenery and the whole experience.

Andy :smile:
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Re: A few from the Arctic -updated 29 July

Postby FarnboroJohn on Sat 29 Jul 2017, 9:52 am

I can confirm your Brunnich's, (and none of your Americanisms thank you!) - more cracking wildlife pics. The Beardie stands out in the second set!

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Re: A few from the Arctic -updated 29 July

Postby DaveM on Tue 22 Aug 2017, 1:18 pm

Those are all really cracking images Andy, and like Paul and John I'm fortunately in the position to have seen all the birds in the UK and also the Bearded Seal.

Brings back good memories of the Inverness Ivory Gull & Portland Brunnich's although the least said about Portland at the moment he better! :hide:

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Re: A few from the Arctic -updated 29 July

Postby st24 on Tue 22 Aug 2017, 8:28 pm

Fabulous stuff, great to see something different from the norm... :clap:
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Re: A few from the Arctic -updated 29 July

Postby FarnboroJohn on Tue 22 Aug 2017, 9:19 pm

DaveM wrote:Brings back good memories of the Inverness Ivory Gull & Portland Brunnich's although the least said about Portland at the moment he better! :hide:

Dave.


Place seemed all right yesterday evening..... :smile:

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