Birds of Iceland and Faroe Islands

Submitted by Radek on Mon, 03/11/2019 - 19:07

I group some of my Instagram posts in weekly topics. These are birds of Iceland and Foroe Islands – countries, which I used to visit every year between 2010 and 2015. For other topics, please: check this page.

Atlantic puffin (Common Puffin / Fratercula arctica) on the Dyrhólaey Cliff. Southern Region (Suðurland), Iceland.

Common eider (Somateria mollissima), a female. This sea duck is famous for producing the best quality down. South Iceland.

Black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla). An adult and a chick on a cliff of Snæfellsnes peninsula. #AtlanticOcean coast, South Iceland.

Black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla). Snæfellsnes peninsula, Iceland

Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis). South Iceland.

Harlequin duck (Histrionicus histrionicus). Atlantic Ocean coast, South Iceland.

Great skua (Stercorarius skua) – a pirate among birds of Iceland, who steals fish hunted by other seabirds and hunts chicks of some birds. This one was photographed in the souther part of the island, near to Jökulsárlón.

Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus). Jökulsárgljúfur, #Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland.
I used to visit Iceland each year between 2010 and 2015, leading tourist groups, approximately for a month on each visit. We did some #birdhwatching on each trip but a good encounter with a gyrfalcon came only once, during my very last season, at a quite unexpected spot – at the parking above the Hafragilsfoss in the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon, just 25m from our bus.

Common loon or (great northern diver) on the Stakhólstjörn lake near to Skútustadir in the Mývatn area, North Iceland.

Eurasian wigeon chick. Mývatn Region, Iceland

Eurasian wigeon. Mývatn Region, Iceland

Eurasian wigeon chicks. Mývatn Region, Iceland

The beautiful Northern gannet photographed on the Mykineshólmur #island of the Faroe Islands in late June 2015

Arctic tern is one of my favourite birds species. It loves summers! Well, polar summers and long days. That is why this bird travels from Iceland to the costs in the Antarctic region and back each year! This one was photographed in the Snæfellsnes peninsula in Iceland in 2015.

"The ruler of the space"
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) seating at the edge of the Dyrhólaey Cliff in Southern Iceland, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) on the grassy slope of the Mykines island of Faroe Archipelago

I photographed this cheering Atlantic puffin at Dyrhólaey Cliff in the Southern Region (Suðurland) of Iceland back in 2014.