Little Auk

Little auk (Alle alle) on a rock near our research site in Bjørndalen (August 2006).

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Deb

Deb - Nov 30, 2006 7:59 pm - Voted 10/10

Lonely Bird?

This poor little guy looks lonely and scared! Is he really sitting on his ass?!

Goldie_Oz

Goldie_Oz - Nov 30, 2006 10:17 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Lonely Bird?

Little they may be, but they're tough little buggers these guys. It's sitting outside its nest in a scree slope in Bjørndalen and from the looks of things (lack of big bulging cheeks) has fed its chicks or hasn't had a recent feed from the icy cold fjord.

But lonely, yes - this shot was taken right at the end of the little auks' short summer season when most of its friends, who had spent much time circling in large flocks above these slopes or collecting food out in the fjord, have already started the long journey south to Greenland.

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