Svalbard 2015 – Day 10: Fox cubs

On the morning of the 9th day of the seajourney with MS Origo we arrive at the glacier Lillehöökbreen, among other things hoping to come across walrus. Unfortunately we find no walrus, but the light is lovely, and we get some landscape shots.

The venerable "Nordstjernen" retired Hurtigruten ship approaching Lillehöökbreen

The venerable retired Hurtigruten ship Nordstjernen approaching Lillehöökbreen

Nebbryggen between Lillehöökbreen and Bjørlykkebreen

Nebbryggen between Lillehöökbreen and Bjørlykkebreen

While we pass in front of the glacier, Morten spots a bird he’s been hoping to see for the whole trip, the elusive Sabine’s gull. I get some shots fired off before it takes off, but they’re not really useful for anything other than documenting I saw it. It was a beautiful bird, though.

Meanwhile, I shot some more Fulmars.

Northern Fulmar over Lillehöökbreen

Northern Fulmar over Lillehöökbreen

We continue south, entering Kongsfjorden. Just after lunch we pass Ny Ålesund. Ny Ålesund is the second northmost permanent civilian settlement. I thought Longyearbyen looked a bit depressing, but it’s easily beaten by Ny Ålesund.

Passing Ny Ålesund on our way in Kongsfjorden. Svalbards second largest settlement, and not the most cheerful looking either

Passing Ny Ålesund on our way in Kongsfjorden. Svalbards second largest settlement, and not the most cheerful looking either

We arrive at Ossian Sars mountain and the bird cliffs there in pretty poor weather. The wind is picking up, and there’s periodic rain. Doing a zodiac cruise past the Krone glacier some of us get pretty wet on the way back from the seaspray. Even so, the guys in the zodiac I’m in decide to check out the bird cliffs again anyway. That’s when we spot the Arctic fox cubs at the foot of the mountain. The light isn’t great, and the background is pretty boring. The miss rate is staggering from shooting small targets a good distance away from a zodiac in waves 🙂

This is how we were photographing the foxes under the bird cliff. Difficult conditions in a zodiac and wind and waves.

This is how we were photographing the foxes under the bird cliff. Difficult conditions in a zodiac and wind and waves.

But I’ll post some of the shots here anyway 🙂

Kittiwakes nesting in the Ossian Sars mountain cliffside

Kittiwakes nesting in the Ossian Sars mountain cliffside

Arctic fox cub patroling below the bird cliffs at Ossian Sarsfjellet

Arctic fox cub patroling below the bird cliffs at Ossian Sarsfjellet

Arctic fox cub hunting chicks.

Arctic fox cub hunting chicks.

On the scent of chicks under the bird cliffs

On the scent of chicks under the bird cliffs

Arctic fox cubs exploring the fascinating scents at the beach

Arctic fox cubs exploring the fascinating scents at the beach

Arctic fox cubs exploring the beach

Arctic fox cubs exploring the beach

Hunting his or her sibling

Hunting his or her sibling

Arctic fox cubs playing on the beach

Arctic fox cubs playing on the beach

Following a scent on the beach

Following a scent on the beach

Cubs playing.

Cubs playing.

Arctic fox cub sneaking up on a large Glauceous gull

Arctic fox cub sneaking up on a large Glauceous gull

Getting an overview from the boulder

Getting an overview from the boulder

Sniffing out some leftovers

Sniffing out some leftovers

Beach investigation

Beach investigation

A catch!

A catch!

Enjoying the rewards of the hunt

Enjoying the rewards of the hunt

 

Route for July 23rd

Route for July 23rd

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  1. November 28, 2015

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