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

Long-tailed Jaeger (Stercorarius longicaudus). In the Arctic this species is the most widely distributed and abundant jaeger. It Breeds the farthest north of any jaeger, and as far north as any bird species. Its diet in the breeing season  consists primarily of lemmings and voles, so this bird is vulnerable to cycles in the densities of these rodents. Because it depends on rodents only for breeding, it can survive crashes in rodent numbers without the high mortality experienced by other arctic predators. In years with low densities of lemmings, the Long-tailed Jaeger simply does not breed and returns to sea. Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. May.
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Long-tailed Jaeger (Stercorarius longicaudus). In the Arctic this species is the most widely distributed and abundant jaeger. It Breeds the farthest north of any jaeger, and as far north as any bird species. Its diet in the breeing season consists primarily of lemmings and voles, so this bird is vulnerable to cycles in the densities of these rodents. Because it depends on rodents only for breeding, it can survive crashes in rodent numbers without the high mortality experienced by other...
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Keywords:
Alaska
Long-tailed Jaeger
Stercorarius longicaudus
YK Delta
Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge
Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta
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perched
tundra