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Natural History of Iceland 2013 - Page 1 of 4

Atlantic Puffins breed on Melrakkey Island on 28 June 2013. The Icelandic breeding population is 2 to 3 million.


I thank Laurielle Penny of Quest Nature Tours for inviting me to lead this 11-day trip to Iceland from 25 June to 5 July 2013. Our Quest group was full of enthusiasm and energy to see Iceland's wildlife and scenery.


A pair of Harlequin Ducks at Grundarfjordur on 28 June 2013. Iceland is their only breeding location in Europe.


Barrow's Goldeneyes breed in Iceland with 90% of the small population in the Lake Myvatn area. Iceland is their only breeding location in Europe. 30 June 2013.


Common Loons breed in Iceland, the only regular location in Europe. It was strange seeing Ontario's provincial bird in Europe. Grundarfjordur on 27 June 2013.


Basalt cliffs between Hellnar and Arnarstapi hold many cliff-nesting Northern Fulmars and Black-legged Kittiwakes. 27 June 2013


Northern Fulmars lay one egg. Their nests are on ledges on steep cliffs. Hrisey Island on 1 July 2013.


Black-legged Kittiwake on nest on the cliffs at Arnarstapi. 27 June 2013.


White Wagtail is a conspicuous songbird seen every day. Grundarfjordur on 28 June 2013.


Juvenile Redwing. The Redwing in Europe is a thrush. 1 July 2013.


You know you are far north when breeding Snow Buntings are around. 1 July 2013.


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