Arctic Tern defending its territory - Sterna paradisaea - Ny Alesund, Svalbard

Svalbard / Spitsbergen pictures, travel in the Arctic

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 dead cool I wasn't scared even if I look it* in this less than flattering picture 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 been attacked by Arctic terns at both poles though writing this is probably the only chance I'll ever have to brag about it.

*I was really

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