Old acquaintances

Purple Sandpiper

It’s always nice to meet some old acquaintances. I see Purple Sandpipers every year in their breeding habitats on Spitsbergen. Occasionally we find them breeding, but mainly later in the season in larger groups along the beaches. In autumn they move south to their wintering grounds in Scandinavia and Scotland. In the Netherlands we have some wintering birds along the coast. Most of them are found on the dykes or stony dams, most similar to the rocky coasts they normally use in winter.

During my stay in Texel I spent some time with a small group, this one didn’t mind posing a little.

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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