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Iceland Photography Adventure

Post 1 – Photographing birds in Iceland

There is a lot of action along the south coast of Iceland where we base our adventure.  Atlantic puffins burrow holes in the sides of cliffs to nest. It is exciting to see and photograph them catching fish and delivering meals to the young. Their beaks are designed to lock in place the first catch while the puffin grabs another.  Or in this case, 5 fish!

Atlantic puffin with a great catch. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Atlantic puffin with a great catch.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Or, the same beak advantage can hold a larger fish more securely.

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

A young puffin emerges from the burrow. © 2014 Diane Kelsay

A puffin emerges from the burrow.
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

Fish delivery © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Fish delivery
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

The great skua hides the chicks where they blend into the environment.  The adult flies over keeping watch.  This photo was taken at 400mm and then cropped.  It is important not to stress the birds by getting too close.

Great skua chick © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Great skua chick
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

The Arctic tern feeds chicks on land and water.  Here the young birds are floating around with icebergs, occasionally hopping on for a ride.  When the parent comes near, the chick calls out and the fish gets dropped into the beak.  These fish are very transparent and can only be seen when the light is just so.

Arctic terns © 2014 Diane Kelsay

Arctic terns
© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

© 2014 Diane Kelsay

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