July 28, 2013

Dovekies, Svalbard

Photograph by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

Small auks called dovekies dive for copepods and nest on rocky shores in Svalbard, Norway's Arctic archipelago. The birds deposit guano and carcasses on land, fertilizing a mossy garden that provides ideal lurking ground for arctic foxes and other hunters.


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39 comments
Simon R.
Simon R.

lovely photo, currently my desktop background :)

SamanthaLyn Samuelson
SamanthaLyn Samuelson

wonderfully capture...beautiful & the colors are nicely cold with a "realist" surreal... 

Nick H.
Nick H.

One of the most incredible shots I've seen on here, easily!

Kay Roge
Kay Roge

Amazing! What a talented photographer to find the perfect angle at which to take this shot. Not only do we get to behold the vast beauty of the Dovekies but the rustic beauty of the rocky shores. Great job.

Shannon T
Shannon T

Very interesting shot. Love it.

E. Dixon
E. Dixon

What a magical moment, it really is a beautiful photo.

pala lechat
pala lechat

What a gorgeous shot, so peaceful and pristine.

EnYa L.
EnYa L.

can't stop looking haha

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