Feeding against the wind

Knots

Imagine you’re a bird, nice warm feathers, but you’re not that large. Because you’re small, you have a large surface to body ratio, meaning you’re cooling down quickly. This means you’ve got to keep on eating, to make sure you’ve got enough fuel to keep yourself warm. Even when there is a near gale, you have to keep on feeding. Head against the wind (otherwise the wind will mess up your nice plumage), and preferably with a group.

Well, these Knots are doing exactly that.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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