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Attack of the Arctic Tern

Kríuvarp - arctic tern nesting areas
“The Arctic Tern flew
19.000 km to nest and lay
Its eggs here, it took over
one and a half month. Be
considerate and give the
birds space.”


(sign at the entrance to the Jökulsárlón)

The arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) is a migratory bird that loves the summer and with the migration from the Northern to the Southern hemisphere and back can make annually about 70,000 to 90,000 km of flying hours. The arctic tern has a large hibitat and is therefore not threatened. Moreover, the bird is very well able to defend its nest as you can see in workshop 1 where Arctic Tern is about to attack the heads of two tourist invaders.
For the main photo, I finally opted for a close-up of a breeding arctic tern, which was not distracted by my camera. Although the workshop 1 has a higher actuality value, the artistic quality of the picture of the breeding bird has been decisive for me .
In workshop 2 you can see a more modest bird that roamed this area: the Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis Insulae) The snow bunting is a songbird that lives in the arctic tundra.

■ Main picture: ◄ Nesting Arctic Tern ►
■ Workshop 1: ◄ Attack of a Arctic Tern ►
■ Workshop 2: ◄ Snow Bunting ►

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Additional Photos by Rob Zwemmer (alvaraalto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 320 N: 9145] (35870)
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