Our Beautiful World

Chukotka   

Part 2: Kolyuchin Island and Tsjuktsjer Peninsula

Animals, birds and flowers on this page:

BIRDS
ANIMALS
FLOWERS
Baird's sandpipers, Calidris bairdii Arctic fox, Vulpes lagopus Cotton grass, Eriophorum
Glaucous gull, Larus hyperboreus    
Pelagic cormorant,
Phalacrocorax pelagicus
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Thick-billed murres, Uria lomvia
Horned puffins, Fratercula corniculata    


From a rearranged translation of Vladimir Dinets original pages to norwegian, with supplements.



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The Chukchi Peninsula has a lot of small offshore islands. Many of them are very beautiful, and have huge seabird colonies
and walrus rookeries. A good example is Kolyuchin Island off the northern coast. Its name comes from Chukchi word
keglyuchin, which means an old, mean-spirited male walrus.

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Aerial view of Kolyuchin Island.


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Seabird flocks over Kolyuchin Island.



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Summer midnight, Kolyuchin Island.

The island, located just a few miles offshore, has no human residents. There are only ruins of a Soviet research station, and a cabin used by native hunters from a nearby village


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Cotton grass, Eriophorum, summit plateau of Kolyuchin Island.


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Except for the southern cape, the island is surrounded by rocky cliffs and steep talus slopes, leading to the summit plateau. The plateau is a sea of broken rock with a few beautiful meadows


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Nesting seabirds, Kolyuchin Island.

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Glaucous gull, Kolyuchin Island.

Ten species of seabirds nest in huge colonies on Kolyuchin. Other resident species include rare gyrfalcons,
Falco rusticolus and Baird's sandpipers, Calidris bairdii


          
Baird's sandpipers, Calidris bairdii
Photo: Arthur Grosset

Baird's Sandpipers breeds on the arctic tundra in Northern America and in the far away areas of Eastern Siberia.
In July it starts on its journey back to South America, and spends the northern winter in western and southern parts
of South America. Then it returns to north again in March.

  
Glaucous gull, Larus hyperboreus

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Glaucous gull, Larus hyperboreus, Kolyuchin Is.
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Glaucous gull chick,
Schmidt Cape, Chukotka.
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Glaucous gull, Kolyuchin Island


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Glaucous gulls, Kolyuchin Island.

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Glaucous gulls, Kolyuchin Island.

Glaucous gull
is called "burgmeister" (city governor) in Russian, because other seabirds pay it "taxes" with their eggs
and chicks. It is the most carnivorous seabird of the High Arctic. It nests in its own colonies, or around large colonies
of other seabirds.


Pelagic cormorant, Phalacrocorax pelagicus,



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Pelagic cormorants, Phalacrocorax pelagicus, Kolyuchin Island


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Pelagic cormorants, Kolyuchin Island.

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Black-legged kittiwakes, Rissa tridactyla, Kolyuchin Is.

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Thick-billed murres, Uria lomviaUria l
omvia, Kolyuchin Island.
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The shape of murre eggs is an adaptation
to nesting on narrow cliff shelves..



Horned puffin, Fratercula corniculata


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Horned puffins, Fratercula corniculata,
Kolyuchin Island.

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Tufted puffin, Fratercula cirrhata, Kolyuchin Island

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Tufted puffin, Fratercula cirrhata, Kolyuchin Island

Puffins often nest in burrows on smaller islands, but on Kolyuchin they prefer to nest in rock crevasses to avoid
predation by Arctic foxes.

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Arctic fox, Vulpes lagopus, Kolyuchin Island, Chukotka

Read more about the Arctic Fox here.

Part 3.

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All pictures, unless otherwise stated, Copyright © Vladimir Dinets



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