Of Geese and cliffs part II

Barnacle Goose
Barnacle Goose

Like I said in my previous post, cliff-breeding geese have a problem. There is hardly any food for them on the cliffs. So as soon as all eggs have hatched, they have to start looking for it. However, now breeding on a cliff starts to become a problem, as the chicks can’t fly yet. So the geese try to get as low as possible on the cliffs and then the parents fly from the cliffs into the water. They start calling for the, only 2 days old and still flightless, young to follow them. In this picture you see one both parents with two of the chicks already in the water and a third one just jumping off the cliff…

Something I often explained, but never managed to see or capture.

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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