Birds in the ice

When we cruise through the sea ice, we’re often followed by a large group of Kittiwakes. Or actually, not really followed, they fly ahead of us. They have learned that we push away ice floes, exposing the Polar Cod that they like to feed on. Normally they are protected by the ice, but as we push that away and create some eddies, they are accessible for the Kittiwakes. This of course attracts Glaucous Gulls, who try to steal the fish from the Kittiwakes.

For us this gives a lot to watch while we’re searching for Polar Bears…

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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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