A beautiful, rare bird that is only found in the high Arctic. It is the only pure white gull, has a blue bill with a yellow tip and black legs. Its call is very similar to a tern's, a high pitched screeching noise. Has its own genus and is quite different in many aspects from most of the Larus gulls. They looked almost magical against the blue sky, quite possibly my favourite bird spotting of my trip.
Circumpolar distribution, but found only in the high Arctic.
These gorgeous birds were found only in the Greenland sea ice, and around the Svalbard archipelago. These pictures were taken in the NE Greenland sea ice.