tirsdag 1. juli 2014

Birding on the islands of Røst

Every summer I pay the islands of Røst a visit. This remote group of islands at the very end of the Lofoten archipelago, is my favorite spot for birdwatching. The combination of the bird rocks to the south-west, housing almost a million puffins and other seabirds, and the flat main island Røstlandet with wetlands and shorelines makes these islands quite unique!
A visit to Røst is never disappointing, and a weekend in early June was no exception!

Puffins (Fratercula arctica) taking off with Razorbills and Guillemots.

Razorbill (Torda alca).

Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) with pup.

Shags (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)

Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)

Common gull (Larus canus)

Newly fledged Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus)

Arctic Skuas (Stercorarius parasiticus) appears in two color morphs - this
is a "mixed couple"

Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)

The Whimbrel (Numenia phaeopus
Female Lapland Bunting (Calcarius Lapponicus)
Female Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus). The phalaropes have a
reversed sex roles, where the male take care of the brooding, and the
females are the more colorful birds. 
Røst always come up with surprising birds, and this visit was rewarded
with no less than three Pectoral Sandpipers (Calidris melanotos)

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