Birds and ice

During a zodiac cruise close to a glacier, icebergs are always one of the highlights. Apparently, we love those different colours of ice. Apart from humans, Kittiwakes also love icebergs. Probably not for their aesthetic values, but more as a platform to have a little rest.

Take off, time to feed again – 200mm, 1/1000s, f/8.0, ISO400

They like to feed close to glacier fronts. The water close to the glaciers are often very nutrient-rich, due to the glacier runoff that usually brings lots of sediment. These nutrients are used by algae that form the base of the food chain where the Kittiwakes are part of as well. But as you can’t feed all the time, they need a place to rest as well, hence the popularity of icebergs.


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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