Arctic Tern defending its territory - Sterna paradisaea - Ny Alesund, Svalbard
There's a road through the town of Ny Alesund that has nesting terms on each side of it that take it in turns to attack you and keep you away from their territory. Being supercool I was determined to try not to look scared even if this less than flattering picture gives the game away while the tern manages to look as elegant as they always do.
Had I seen the film of a polar bear being attacked by terns and bloodied in the process that I saw after this happened I would have been significantly less cool about it.
I have now however been attacked by Arctic terns at
both ends of the planet, not much to write home about
Photo; © Paul Ward - These are pictures from a cruise around Svalbard inside the Arctic Circle in high summer.