Svalbard July 2002


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Here are some pictures taken on a cruise on the Russian ship, Professor Multanovskiy, during July 5th to 12th 2002. We booked through Wildwings and were ably lead by Tony Marr and David Rosair.

The overall expedition leader, Martin Gray, was exceptionally good and I am sure that one of the reasons our expectations were greatly exceeded was largely down to Martin's leadership. combined with a captain, Vladimir Uzolin who understood exactly where he needed to get his ship in order to afford the best opportunities. This is not to diminish the valuable contributions from Rolf Stange, who looked after the dead stuff (= geology etc.) and Ian Stone who covered the dead people (= history etc.). In fact, the whole crew was brilliant.

Apart from what's here, other things of note included amazing flowers, Sabine's Gulls, Ptarmigan and a Meadow Pipit at 79°N!

Although, Svalbard belongs to Norway, zoogeographically it is closer to Greenland, and so the Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Eider, Brent Goose, Barnacle Goose, Puffin and possibly Long-tailed skua are all forms that derive from Greenland, rather than Norway.

To me, the spectacle of seeing all of these creatures surviving and flourishing on the brink was something I will not forget - and I'll probably be back!


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 Itinerary

    July 18, 2002

    where we went

 Purple Sandpiper

    July 17, 2002

    in summer plumage

 Snow Bunting

    July 17, 2002

    breeding male

 Greenland Ringed Plover

    August 22, 2002

    

 Arctic Skua

    July 17, 2002

    

 Arctic Dunlin

    July 29, 2002

    

 Northern Eider

    July 27, 2002

    

 Sanderling

    July 18, 2002

    

 Greater Black-backed Gull

    July 18, 2002

    an odd bird

 Glaucous Gull

    July 23, 2002

    adults with small bill

 Pale-bellied Brent Goose

    July 18, 2002

    

 Grey Phalarope

    July 18, 2002

    adult female

 Blue Fulmar

    July 19, 2002

    in flight

 Little Auk

    July 22, 2002

    

 Ivory Gull

    July 22, 2002

    a pair

 Ivory Gull

    July 25, 2002

    in the ice and in flight

 Long-tailed Skua

    July 22, 2002

    a pair

 Brünnich's Guillemot

    July 23, 2002

    

 Brünnich's Guillemot

    July 24, 2002

    winter plumage

 Puffin

    July 23, 2002

    an interesting race

 Barnacle Goose

    July 24, 2002

    on the nest

 Black Guillemot

    July 24, 2002

    

 Walrus

    July 18, 2002

    

 Bearded Seal

    July 18, 2002

    

 Minke Whale

    July 18, 2002

    

 Polar Bear

    July 21, 2002

    1st close bear

 Polar Bear

    July 21, 2002

    most amazing bear

 Polar Bear

    July 21, 2002

    most amazing bear, standing up

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