Fluffy grey balls

In the Netherlands I’ve spent a lot of time taking pictures of Sanderling. These small grey fluffy balls running up and down with the waves on the beaches of the Netherlands in autumn and winter. These birds can be seen in winter at home, but in summertime they get their much nicer summer plumage and migrate north to the Arctic to breed. They do breed on Spitsbergen, but only in very small numbers and we hardly see them. So it was a pleasant surprise to find eight of them running up and down the beach of Smeerenburg. We landed there to look at the Walruses hauled out on the beach. But soon I had more attention for these small birds on the shore. It was not easy to get some nice pictures, but this one worked quite well, I would say.

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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