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