Being birders, we were automatically drawn to the seafront and my eye was immediately drawn to the gulls gathered near the opera house. I noticed a couple of the birds were colour-ringed and within 10 minutes we had read five gull colour-rings.
After a walk to the Botanic Gardens, we saw another colour-ringed gull and a colour-ringed Mute Swan at Vaterland.
I reported all of our sightings via the ringmerking.no website and received the birds' histories instantaneously, a fantastic set up.
As part of our trip to Varanger, we visited Vardo - the home of Gullfest.
|The iconic image of the Steller's Eider at Vardo harbour|
It's not difficult to see why the world's most northerly bird festival is held here, the harbour was packed with thousands of gulls, a truly magnificent sight for any gull lover.
|Birding in Vardo!|
We spent a superb week in Arctic Norway and I would highly recommend a visit to Varanger, it's an absolutely brilliant place and we will definitely be back...hopefully the guys at Biotope will want to hear all about a Black-headed Gull study from Northern Ireland for Gullfest 2016!
|Of the 24 WTE we saw in Varanger this was definitely the best view!|
P.S. Does anyone else think this post was just an excuse for me to post some nice holiday snaps?!