Just another day at the office (part II)

Ivory Gull in front of blue glacier ice

The Negribreen (named after a certain Italian called Negri, not after a black colour) has a huge glacier front ending in sea. One of the shots I had in mind was a bird flying in front of the blue glacier front, showing the beauty of the glacier and the bird.

With everybody on deck watching for birds, one of the guests said: “To the left, more Ivory Gulls as I can count!!!” Well, they were not uncountable, I counted between 50 an 60, but there were many. One of the nicest Arctic birds with its pure white plumage, black legs and eye and odd-coloured bill. Now my goal changed from photographing ‘a bird’ in front of the glacier front to an Ivory Gull in front of a glacier front. With this many birds, this should be possible. This picture is one of the nicest as the bird just changed direction and creating a nice contrast between its white plumage and the blue ice.


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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