Prestvannet – 2014 – Ducks, Loons and Terns

In the highest point in the central part of Tromso, there is a park with a large lake called Prestvannet. It was built up as a reservoir in 1867, and continued in that function until 1921. Since then it has been used as park land and a nature reserve.

The pond area, just next to a big city has been preserved as a nesting place for various birds. The pond and its surrounding wooded area is an important natural area for the Tromsø area.

The girls wanted to go shopping so they dropped me off and right away I noticed activity on the water. I had been told about Black-headed Gulls being found here but on this day none were around but Arctic Terns, Red-throated Loons, Tufted Duck, Greylag Goose and just a ton of Mallards.

A good hour walk around the lake provided a few very nice photo ops, the day was overcast but I did the best I could with the situation.

ARCTIC TERN

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HOODED CROW

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COMMON GULL (MEW GULL ABA)

MewGull

RED-THROATED DIVER (RED-THROATED LOON ABA)

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MALE TUFTED DUCK

TuftedDuck

FEMALE TUFTED DUCK

TuftedDuckFemale

Ciao for now…..

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