Gerrit Vyn Photography –

Gerrit Vyn is a conservation and wildlife photographer and cinematographer dedicated to telling the stories of endangered animals and habitats. He is a producer for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers

Shorebird Migration

During the brief arctic summer, most male shorebirds arrive on partially thawed tundra breeding grounds where they perform elaborate courtship displays and vocalizations. None are more spectacular or unique than the lek mating sysytem employed by the Ruff (Philomachus pugnax). Norway. June.
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During the brief arctic summer, most male shorebirds arrive on partially thawed tundra breeding grounds where they perform elaborate courtship displays and vocalizations. None are more spectacular or unique than the lek mating sysytem employed by the Ruff (Philomachus pugnax). Norway. June.

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