Garth Peacock
Iceland - Day 6 - Saturday 10th June 2017


Local trips.

Tuesday 24th April 2018

Scotland - the last three days

Wednesday 18th April 2018

Scotland day 6

Tuesday 17th April 2018

Scotland - Day 5 - A mammal day

Friday 13th April 2018

Scotland - Days 3 & 4

Thursday 12th April 2018

Scotland - Day2

Tuesday 10th April 2018

Scotland - Day 1

Wednesday 4th April 2018

Catch-up time on nothing much.

Monday 12th March 2018

A trip to Northamptonshire

Tuesday 27th February 2018

What a delightful surprise

Monday 5th February 2018

What a week it wasn't

Sunday 4th February 2018

Week ending 19th January 2018

Monday 22nd January 2018

First outing of 2018

Monday 8th January 2018

A snowy start to the week.

Saturday 16th December 2017

Sucesses and failures in equal measure

Wednesday 13th December 2017

A morning of common birds

Sunday 26th November 2017

Wicken Fen Cambridgeshire

Tuesday 21st November 2017

The past ten days.

Thursday 16th November 2017

Birdguides Photo of the Week

Wednesday 8th November 2017

A week in pictures

Friday 3rd November 2017

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Saturday 2nd September 2017

At last, I have been able to process some more of the images from my Iceland trip. It has been a month since my last posting with a further family holiday, this time with the grandchildren to Tenerife - no possibility of wildlife photos, just too busy trying to keep up with the four of them.

Anyway, back to Iceland. Day 6 was spent at the glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon, our final day there, starting early because of the tourists. We left the hotel at 06.00 for a spell before breakfast, still cloudy weather and some light drizzle but the light from the icebergs helped the camera exposure. Some icebergs were white, some with very dark streaking and some were blue, making a very attractive backdrop.

This time the Sabine's Gull had been joined by second bird but they still kept their distance.

This time, I wandered away from the parking area, further up the lagoon and noticed a group of Razorbills on the water and they eventually came just within range before flying off.

We returned in the afternoon and this time, I crossed the road away from the crowds and found a group of Barnacle Geese with goslings.

I followed them for a time as they made their way over the hill towards the lagoon but took a wrong turn that left me high on a ridge with no possibility of getting to the water while the geese family went for a swim - shots on the blue water missed!!!

Crossing the road towards the beach, I caught up with some of our group settled down watching a Ringed Plover. This species is well known for it's distraction act when the nest is in danger from predators so I just sat close and waited and was treated to a sustained performance.

Paul Hobson had this vision of a male Snow Bunting on ice and went to great lengths to get a block from the beach and transport it in the bus to the nesting area and set it up - quite on effort - that eventually paid off.

It was also singing from the nearby rocks, totally unconcerned by the ring of photographers.

As the afternoon progressed, I revisited the Arctic Tern colony for some flight shots and something different. Flight shots were not easy - white bird - grey sky - so I concentrated on catching them with the distant mountains in the backround.

and something different.

The previous day, we had noticed a group of Harlequin Duck on the far side of the lagoon. This was my first sighting of the species but they were too distant on that occasion. As I returned to the lagoon, I found them right next to the bank and, with patience, they eventually moved to an area where I could shoot from close to the water to avoid those horrible shots looking down on the subject.

After dinner, we returned for another session and this time found an Iceland Gull sittin on an iceberg - very appropriate. It took a short time for me to realise that the 'berg was slowly moving and that explained why the bird kept disappearing from my lens although not moving

and the 'berg, although large, even started to turn over as it approached the channel to the sea, causing some remedial action from the bird.

By this time, is was getting late but there was another showing of feeding Arctic Terns in the fast flowing water in the channel with a backdrop of blue ice.

Eventually, it thinned out leaving just a few still feeding.

This shot was taken just after midnight. By now I was feeling rather weary after 18 hours of activity. Time to hit the sack but what a finale for my last day at Jokulsarlon.