Not all our time was spent at Lake Myvatn and the ponds. The other water based spot we visited a number of times was the Laxa river. Flowing out of Myvatn this is a powerful river - plenty of white water
and crystal clear as you can see from this snap into a waterfall.
In one spot I could watch the Harlequin duck diving down, appearing to just effortlessly hang underwater. It is reported to be the home of large trout - I never saw one rise clearly but did at one point watch a large tail lazily emerge and flick under again.
Birds-wise the main targets were Harlequin duck, white water lovers (in more ways than one!)
and Barrow's Goldeneye.
I knew the shots I wanted of the Harlequins but never quite achieved the combination of a male in sun in white water. The colours in the right light are great but I just didn't catch it.
The goldeneye merited more time than I gave them, a lesson for next time. I did catch a male displaying, but it was unexpected, poorly framed and a bit far off. Perhaps best labelled a record shot - the well known code for a bit crap!
Up a slower flowing tributary more goldeneye and a female goosander. A golden plover chose to bathe there too.
A brief visit to
Husavik did offer a chance to snap another great northern diver, but
again a relatively fleeting opportunity with grey sky reflected as grey
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Monday, August 10, 2015
It's a fair few weeks now since my trip to Iceland. Leaving the UK it looked promising with the west coast of Scotland largely in sun. However the forecast for Iceland hadn't looked so promising and as we came into Kefkavik it was all too evident their Met Office had it right.
A quick(ish) change of airport and by the skin of our teeth off to Akureyri in a smaller plane that bucking broncoed through the wind on its way down to land,
and finally the drive to Lake Myvatn and the white walled red roofed villlage of Reykjalid.
We had a few days in the north-east and other than the rather frustrating cloud cover the area lived up to my expectations; the one spell of evening light we did have showed just what the bird photography potential really is if you can strike it lucky.
Lake Myvatn itself is big, and photographically most of the time it's the many small ponds around it that offer the best potential.
But see the difference on the one nice evening we did get - really brought out the plumage - they just glowed ..
The long tailed duck looked pretty good too
and the scoter's bill and eye picked up the evening glow from the rushes.
Red necked phalarope was one of the birds I was looking forward to seeing, and they were around - but so small!
Less colourful was the first scaup I have ever had in front of the lens, but the backlighting meant we didn't get the best from that particular site.
I did snap a few birds on the main lake - merganser
To see more pics and larger views follow the Photo Gallery link on the right to the web albums. More Iceland to come.