Blue and white

Sometimes we get lucky. As I wrote in the previous post, we often see large groups of Kittiwakes close to glaciers. But sometimes something else is present.

Ivory Gull on a blue iceberg – 360mm, 1/1250s, f/8.0, ISO400

In this case, I had already turned the zodiac around to head to our landing site, when I saw another gull sitting on the iceberg. One that contrasted nicely with the blue colour of the berg (but not with the white snow behind). Ivory Gulls are far less common as Kittiwakes, but much higher praised by birdwatchers. Time for me to slow down and turn the zodiac around. I didn’t let the chance of an up-close Ivory Gull slip by. As far as I know, none of the people in the zodiac did mind.


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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