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Harlequin drake, Myvatn, Iceland

North Iceland tour for Wild Photography Holidays

17th June, 2017. We were excited about our return to northern Iceland after last summer’s experience and relished the slightly less intensive driving schedule. With a clear focus on birds this time we were able to spend time with some of the island’s iconic species including Barrow’s goldeneye, harlequin duck, red necked phalarope and Slavonian grebe. If I’d know how productive Iceland was, I’d have spent a month here early in my career photographing birds and saved myself years of struggle (and often failure) in Scotland. We especially loved our time with guests on the island of Flatey which must owe some of its abundance of birds to the absence of gulls and skuas. I suspect that the traditional harvesting of eider down may have something to do with this.

With bases at Myvatn, Latrabjarg, Flatey and Grundafjodur, we covered a lot of ground and were able to impress on our guests just how lush certain areas of Iceland are. Charlotte was once again cooking, at Myvatn, so we were glad of assistance once again from Fran Pothercary.

Red necked phalarope, Iceland Slavonian grebe, Myvatn, Iceland Harlequin drake, Myvatn, Iceland Whooper swan, Iceland Geothermal station, near Reykhalid, Iceland Road near Hverir, Iceland Lava, Krafla, Iceland Lava, Krafla, Iceland Redwing and flies, Myvatn, Iceland Church and oystercatcher, Raudasandur, Iceland Gravestone, Raudasandur, Iceland Moss campion, Iceland Black guillemot, Flatey, Iceland Red necked phalarope, Iceland Arctic tern, Iceland Eider duck with young, Iceland Icelandic sheep, Flatey, Iceland Icelandic sheep, Flatey, Iceland
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Church and oystercatcher, Raudasandur, Iceland

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