Lost birds

If you want to see a lot of different bird species, don’t come to Spitsbergen. On a typical tour we see around 25 different species and if we try really hard that might be increased to 30. After 17 seasons on Spitsbergen I now have 57 species of bird on my list. Not an impressive number compared to other areas.

Clearly lost: a Swift on Spitsbergen

And most new species that I see are common ones back home who took a wrong turn somewhere and are now lost on Spitsbergen. Like this Common Swift that we found earlier this year. Really makes you wonder, what would a Swift eat when the insects hardly fly higher as one meter above the ground…

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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