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Ivory gull

Pagophila eburnea


This completely white gull, the only species in this genus, is said to be most beautiful bird of Svalbard. There are about 14 000 breeding pairs in the world and little is known about their conservation status.

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Elsa 10 years ago

Damn you autocorrect.. Obviously meant trip of!

Elsa 10 years ago

Wow.. That must have been incredible. You sound like you've had the tripod a lifetime!

LauraMaria 10 years ago

I only saw one when we stopped in Ny-Alesund, it flew overhead and disappeared! We were lucky that we came across big flocks of them in the Greenland ice.

Elsa 10 years ago

Thank you both! :) One of my favourites too Laura, I got so excited when I spotted one. I got lucky as it was hanging around the dog yards where they keep the husky's waiting for scraps. Apparently they are quite a rare sight in Spitsbergen these days.

Smith'sZoo 10 years ago

agreed, well done!

LauraMaria 10 years ago

Such a beautiful shot of one of my favourite birds :) Lovely as always, Elsa!

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Spotted on Jun 18, 2012
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