Arctic Tern, Angelic

Arctic Tern, sterna paradisea, hovering near the dog yard Ny Alesund, Svalbard. Arctic terns migrate more than any other species bird – up to 35,000km per year for some birds, as the travel to Antarctica and back, and can enjoy two polar summers. The terns nest in the tundra in the scientific research centre of Ny Alesund, where they lay eggs, and tend to attack passersby in self-defence.

This is one of those gems that turn up more than a year after the images is made, missed during some hurried edit. I was searching in a folder from the 2010 trip to Svalbard when I found this lovely image. View it large »

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