Monday 9 May 2011

Arctic Norway - four seasons in one day

We were warned to bring cold weather clothing and today the weather showed us what it can do in a short space of time.  Bright sun, rain, sleet and finally snow, coupled with gale force winds were unleashed today.  Luckily we were all prepared. 

Highlights included Arctic Redpoll, about 150 plus Steller's Eider ( a true local speciality), a feeding group of about 30 White-tailed Eagle, Brunnich's Guillemot, White-billed Diver, Willow Grouse, close views of summer plumage Lapland Bunting nd Snow Bunting, plus two Orca's.

Puffin on territory

Common Gull - a common breeder on the tundra

Male Steller's Eider - a Norway speciality

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