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Photos of the Week, July 1, 2022

Unique bird encounters were the main event across our fleet this week. In Svalbard, naturalist Javier Cotin reported a "once-in-a-lifetime" sighting of a leucistic eider duck. Guests in the British Isles were overwhelmed by the sheer number of birds at Scotland's largest gannet colony. And hikers in Iceland learned how to fend off territorial arctic terns. Get Inspired By Photos, Videos, Webinars, Stories, And Exclusive Offers. Sign Up

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Flatey Island, Iceland

Coastal Wonders of Norway, the Faroe Islands and Iceland, June 19, 2022

yellow house

Texture from a photo of grass exposed with one of a guest entering the library. For a change, I shot some in-camera double exposures today, sandwiching two frames of nearby scenes to create a final ‘surreal’ image that is hopefully still creative and interesting. I’ll let the viewers of the photos decide whether I succeeded with my goal! —Andrew Peacock, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Cascade Creek, Alaska

Wild Alaska Escape: Juneau to Ketchikan, June 21, 2022

rainbow

A stunning and intense rainbow emerged off our portside and lasted for several minutes, allowing everyone to come out on deck to enjoy it. —Sean Neilson, Naturalist

 

Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, Alaska

Wild Alaska Escape: Juneau to Ketchikan, June 22, 2022

blue ice

The towering walls of the fjord provide a dramatic backdrop to the ice that calved off South Sawyer Glacier into the waters of Tracy Arm. —Alex Krowiak, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Isabela Island, Galapagos

Wild Galápagos Escape, June 22, 2022

land iguana

Land iguana feeding on poison apple fruits. —Paul Vergara, Naturalist

 

Keku Islands, Alaska

Exploring Alaska's Coastal Wilderness, June 22, 2022

zodiac on glassy water

An expedition Zodiac weaves through the narrow channels of the Keku Islands. —Adam Ü, Naturalist

 

Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, Alaska

Wild Alaska Escape: Juneau to Ketchikan, June 24, 2022

zodiac in front of waterfall and sparkling water

The many waterfalls of Endicott Arm were spectacularly lit by the brilliant afternoon sunshine. It was a warm and beautiful ride up the fjord. —Linda M. Burback, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Vigur, Iceland

A Circumnavigation of Iceland, June 24, 2022

hikers holding flags, with terns approaching

We have all become very accustomed to dealing with one of my favorite birds, Arctic terns, over the course of this voyage. They are fiercely protective of their nests, and will swoop and scream at anyone who comes anywhere near their nest. They will also make contact; I’ve been pecked in the head and I can confirm that it hurts! So how do you work in Arctic tern territory? Give them something else to dive bomb. While in the past, I’ve just walked with someone taller than me, at Vigur, we got sticks to hold up to give the terns a target. —Kim Nesbitt, Naturalist/Expedition Diver

 

Donegal, Ireland

Ancient Isles: England, Ireland, and Scotland, June 24, 2022

lamb

A sleepy lamb rests on the side of the path while keeping an eye on eager hikers as they head for the summit to enjoy some incredible views of the Wild Atlantic Way. —Emmett Clarkin, Naturalist/Expedition Diver

 

Palanderbukta, Svalbard, Norway

Norwegian Discovery: Svalbard and the Northern Fjords, June 26, 2022

polar bears

Our original afternoon plan of leisurely cruising was cut short by the best reason of all—polar bears. Word traveled through the bridge of a mother bear and two cubs nearby. Everyone sprang into action to get another Zodiac operation executed in hopes of getting a closer look at the bears. Zodiacs were loaded, layers were donned, and we headed out into the polar afternoon. By the time we got there, the polar bear family was in the midst of enjoying a seal carcass. —Nicole Yamagiwa, Naturalist (Photo by Tommy Heinrich)

 

St. Kilda, Scotland

Ancient Isles: England, Ireland, and Scotland, June 26, 2022

gannet colony

One of the greatest things about a Lindblad Expedition is that even when weather prevents you from doing a planned excursion, it never means doing nothing for the day. In true expedition style, it means exploring the possibilities and figuring out an incredible plan B. Today was one of those days. Even though our initial plans were cancelled by weather, the day turned into an incredible adventure and in my mind, it was one of the best days of the expedition so far. We started early with a visit to Stac Lee, a sea stack with hundreds of thousands of gannets nesting on the island. It hosts the largest gannet colony in Scotland. At the top of the island, gannets soar in the wind. There is hardly room for another bird in the colony below them. —Steve Morello, Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

 

Horsund, Svalbard, Norway

Norwegian Discovery: Svalbard and the Northern Fjords, June 27, 2022

eider duck

A day full of surprises! We found a leucistic eider duck. Not fully albino, leucistic birds have problems making certain pigments, and they have a paler appearance. This is probably a once-in-a-lifetime observation. —Javier Cotin, Naturalist