Svalbard

June 2018

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At 78˚ north, lying halfway between Norway and the North Pole, Svalbard is a wild land of glaciers and frozen tundra, making it an irresistible destination for wildlife photographers. I visited in early summer with a large group of Italian photographers specifically to photograph Arctic Foxes predating eider nests around the town of Longyearbyen. With 24 hours of daylight, we had plenty of time to scout out the local fauna and saw a rich variety of Arctic birds breeding on the tundra, as well as whales and millions of seabirds returning to the fjords. 

Here's a broad selection of my favourite images - divided into Breeding Birds, nesting Red-Throated Divers, Walrus, Arctic Fox, Eider and Reindeer.

If you click on the images, you will find more information on the species and location.

 

I have also written blogs on my experiences photographing the Arctic Fox and the courtship of the Red-Throated Divers. 

Birds Of The Tundra

Red-Necked Phalarope
Little Auk
Grey Phalarope
King Eiders mating
Svalbard Ptarmigan
Grey Phalaropes mating
Red-Necked Phalarope
Svalbard Ptarmigan
Iceland Gull
Little Auk
Little Auks
Little Auks
Pink-Footed Geese
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Purple Sandpiper
King Eiders
Snow Bunting
Svalbard Ptarmigan
Snow Bunting

Nesting Red-Throated Divers

Diver with nesting material
Pair at nest
Portrait
Female approaching nest
Female with nest material
On the lake
Calling to mate
Incubating egg
At the nest

Walrus

Emerging from the sea
Walrus and Iceland Gull
Black and White
Mountain
Walrus and Mountain

Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox chasing Pink-Footed Geese
Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox with duck egg
Arctic Fox with duck egg
Arctic Fox with duck egg
Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox and Barnacle Geese
Arctic Fox and Barnacle Geese

Eider

Eiders
Eider Pair
Eider (female)
Eider (male)
Eider (male)
Eider (male)
Eider (male)
Eider (male)