Sunday 15 May 2011

Arctic Skuas preying on Kittiwakes in Varanger Fjord

We visited an area around Nesseby, Varanger where many Kittiwakes pass by the "island".  This site is famous as this is where the Soft-plumaged Petrel was found a couple years ago.  Skuas are regularly seen in the fjords and on the tundra, but these two were close enough to be photo'd harrassing a Kittiwake.  The Kittiwake eventually disgorged its last meal, only for a cunning Herring Gull to be watching and jumped in quick to take the food.

Early morning image of a Kittiwake near Ekkeroy, Varanger

Kittiwake carrying nesting material

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