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dovekies flying in Norway
July 28, 2013

Dovekies, Svalbard

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Small auks called dovekies dive for copepods and nest on rocky shores in Svalbard, Norway's Arctic archipelago. The birds deposit guano and carcasses on land, fertilizing a mossy garden that provides ideal lurking ground for arctic foxes and other hunters.

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Photograph by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic

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