Arctic clown

Puffins like to dig burrows to make their nest, something which is quite difficult on Spitsbergen due to the permafrost. This is the explanation for the relatively small numbers of breeding Puffins on the archipelago. They do breed on cliffs, but never in high numbers.20190619_Arjen_Drost_0082

One of the places where they are relatively common is the 14th of Julibukta in Krossfjord. Here there are a couple of pairs on the cliffs. Taking pictures of these Arctic clowns is often difficult, as they are quite shy animals. This time, however, a few didn’t mind posing on a rock right next to the zodiac, which allowed me and my guests to take great pictures of these beautiful birds.

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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