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Uploaded on Thursday 11 Aug 2011 by Bjorn Alfthan

Brünnich’s guillemot, Hinlopen Strait, Svalbard

Year: 2010
From collection: General collection
Taken by: Bjorn Alfthan
Brünnich’s guillemots number in their hundreds of thousands at this colony in Hinlopen Strait, between Spitsbergen and Nordaustlandet in Svalbard. A migratory species that winters normally winters off the waters of Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland (Canada), they arrive in Svalbard in April and May for the summer season. The birds breed on narrow cliff edges, which offer some degree of protection from predators, such as the Arctic fox.
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