When I moved in into my new home I noticed a bunch of Yellowhammers that would visit my backyard practically every day. Usually 3-4 at a time, once I saw a group of 10. They must have stayed in the close neighbourhood for the winter. Here’s my first session with them on 17 of March.
My trip to Iceland in 2016 was one of my favourites so far. Amazing views, landscapes not seen in other parts of Europe, the vastness of land, lots of birds.. I definitely will go back. :)
First night, after arrival, was pretty brutal. We settled with a tent near Gardur lighthouse on the camping site. Given it was end of July we weren’t quite adjusted to the night temperatures on Iceland. Also the spot was very windy, so in the end, we didn’t had much sleep. But it was better on the following nights.
We got up early in the morning and started shooting the lighthouse and nearby area.
Following route 44 and then 425 we found a large colony of arctic terns. It was quite the view, a lot of young terns were sitting on the road, waiting to be fed. Unfortunately also a lot of them dies from the cars, when they don’t leave quickly enough.
We visited the site where Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet. It is measured that they drift apart approximately 2cm per year.
Next stop was Gunnuhver hot springs, Reykjanesviti lighthouse and nearby Eldey Cliffs.
Here I am trying to shoot some seagulls. And our next stop - Grindavik village and it’s port.
Following the road 427 we saw vast areas with volcanic rocks covered with moss. Very unique view.
We also visited stunning Graenavatn lake with it’s amazing water colour. Not like anything else I’ve seen.
Very close to Graenavatn is Seltun Geothermal area.
We settled for a night on a camping site near Strandarkirkja church, which we also visited. There were more arctic terns feeding their offspring on the camping site which made for a nice evening for me. :) Younglings weren’t really scared much and allowed for a close observation.
Few shots from late March of 2016. Not much to show. This is the only photo of Common Chiffchaff that I was able to capture so far, of documentary value to me. ;) Same with Long Tailed Tit.
This years trip to Białowieża was in far less extreme weather conditions. Considering last year temperatures (below -20*C), this was almost a tropic with temperatures being around 0*C. I didn't have much luck with bison. We found early in the day 2 bulls feasting on the haystack, which is not very photogenic. Later that day we found two bigger herds and one of them was pretty far away and really not cooperative, started going away as we tried to approach it. The second one was more human-friendly. Most of the photos comes from the last encounter.
Still waiting for my shot of fighting bisons. Almost got one this time. ;)