Coming into land on the railings of the helideck of MV Ortelius. Greenland Sea, off Amsterdamøya, NW. Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway.
While the sled-dogs keep the Arctic Foxes at bay, these huge gulls are much bolder. I observed them taking both eggs and ducklings. Sled-dog kennels, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway.
2 1st W
with Great Black-backed Gull in background
Wilmington Organic Compost, DE March 8, 2014
The Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) is a large gull which breeds in the Arctic regions of the northern hemisphere and the Atlantic coasts of Europe. It is migratory, wintering from in the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans as far south as the British Isles and northernmost states of the USA, also on the Great Lakes. A few birds sometimes reach the southern USA and northern Mexico.