Iceland - Red-throated Divers and other birds...

May 31, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

I have just returned from just 3 days in Iceland, the land of fire and ice!

What a facinating country and I didn't realise how big it is, so only had time to visit a few of the places we had planned. The highlight was to visit an area near the coast that red-throated divers are frequently seen. These are birds I have longed to see for a while now and even though they are present here in Scotland, they are very difficult to locate. This was my target bird when visiting Iceland.

The light for photography is extremely good in the Summer in Iceland as the sun doesn't set until way past 11pm, giving you many hours of evening light. The evening I saw the divers was a beautiful golden light as can be seen from the photos.Red-throated Diver

When the two birds are seen together you can easily see a difference in size between the male and female.

Love is Golden

Speed Red Eye

Reflections Other birds we saw on our brief visit were a Short-eared Owl, Red-necked Phalarope, Arctic Terns, and Redwing.

Red-necked Phalarope

Arctic Tern

Bath Time We just didn't shoot birds, we also visited the amazing waterfalls, geysers, thermal pools, and volcanoes :-) But as I said, we need to plan a return trip soon!


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