Sunday, 17 January 2016

PART II Migration - A summer in the Russian Arctic

I haven't blogged for a while because I've been very busy with work and Christmas and everything, so time for a catchup...

As I mentioned in my last post, once I reached our survey area, most wildlife sightings dropped right off. However bits of migration meant there was occasionally things to see. Here's a selection of the migrants I managed to get photos of.

Probably the highlight of the 10 weeks, a Snowy Owl flies past the bow of the ship >50miles from land

Juvenile Grey Phalaropes - 09.08.15

King Eider passing ship - 03.07.15 One of 55 I saw this day, all heading south west, biggest flock 29, only small numbers were seen the rest of the trip.
Little Stint on the helipad - 18.07.15
Grey Plover on the Helipad - 18.07.15

White-fronted Goose, not your average sighting in 3m swell out at sea. I observed several migrating flocks during the job, this one however was just on its own sat on the sea. 
One of about 6 Goosanders I saw during the summer