Year: 2010

Two Arctic Terns, sterna paradisea, perched near the dog yard Ny Alesund, Svalbard. These 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 t
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Arctic Terns, sterna paradisea, Ny Alesund, originally uploaded by Dave Walsh Photography. Arctic Tern, sterna paradisea, preparing to mate and nest in the Arctic scientific research village of Ny-Alesund, Svalbard. Two Arctic Terns, sterna paradisea, perched near the dog yard Ny Alesund, Svalbard. These 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. Photographed during the Greenpeace Arctic Under Pressure expedition 2010.

Arctic Terns, sterna paradisea, Ny Alesund
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Arctic Tern, sterna paradisea, preparing to mate and nest in the Arctic scientific research village of Ny-Alesund, Svalbard. Arctic Terns, sterna paradisea, Ny Alesund, originally uploaded by Dave Walsh Photography. Arctic Tern, sterna paradisea, preparing to mate and nest in the Arctic scientific research village of Ny-Alesund, Svalbard. Photographed during the Greenpeace Arctic Under Pressure expedition 2010.

Purple sandpiper, Ny Alesund
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Purple sandpiper, caldiris maritma, on the beach, at Ny Alesund, Svalbard.

Ivory Gull perched above seal meat
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Ivory gull, pagophila eburnea, perched above a rack of dried seal meat at the dog yard, Ny-Alesund, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway.

Male Snow Bunting
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Male Snow Bunting on tundra, with coal fragments from old coalmine at Ny-Alesund, Spitsbergen, Svalbard. Male Snow Bunting, originally uploaded by Dave Walsh Photography. Male Snow Bunting, Plectrophenax nivalis, on tundra, with coal fragments from old coalmine at Ny-Alesund, Spitsbergen, Svalbard.

Svalbard Reindeer, Ny-Alesund
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Svalbard Reindeer, Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus in Ny-Alesund, Svalbard. There's about 10,000 Svalbard reindeer, a small subspecies of mainland European reindeer, and are endemic to Svalbard. They are not domesticated, and are not owned by anyone. Svalbard Reindeer, Ny-Alesund, originally uploaded by Dave Walsh Photography. Svalbard Reindeer, Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus in Ny-Alesund, Svalbard. There's about 10,000 Svalbard reindeer, a small subspecies of mainland European reindeer, and are endemic to Svalbard. They are not domesticated, and are not owned by anyone.

Cracked Tundra, Ny Alesund
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Cracked Tundra, Ny-Alesund, Svalbard. Cracked Tundra, Ny Alesund, originally uploaded by Dave Walsh Photography.  

Seal in the harbout at Ny-Alesund
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Seal, probably Harbour Seal, in the harbout at Ny-Alesund Seal in the harbout at Ny-Alesund, originally uploaded by Dave Walsh Photography. Seal, probably Ringed Seal, in the harbour at Ny-Alesund

Siberian driftwood, Ny-Alesund
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Driftwood, probably from Siberian forests on the beach at Ny-Alesund, Kongsfjord, Svalbard - where there are no trees

Black Legged Kittiwake
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Black Legged Kittiwake, rissa tridactyla, landing amongst fragments of sea ice Kongsfjord, Svalbard. Kittiwake populations have been under pressure in recent years, as changes to food sources, possibly caused by climate change and other environmental factors, have forced the birds to travel further, for longer, to get food.