Iceland ~ Snaefellsnes and more ~ May '16

Friday, 13 May 2016

A long weekend trip to Iceland mainly travelling around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, trying out some circular routes and dead-end tracks in a 4x4.



Flew out of Gatwick on the 6th with Easyjet and returned on the 9th with Wowair just for better timed flights.

4x4 was hired from www.reykjavikrentacar.is/

A Suzuki Grand Vitara ...

It's prohibited to drive off road in a car and most of the best roads are gravel so be warned get a 4x4 !!

My base was the beach front cabin at www.tradirguesthouse.net

The view from my beach front cabin 


The trip was all about scenery, Landscapes and Waterfalls ...







The Mighty Gullfoss


Faxi ~ worth a look as its near Gullfoss









Kirkjufell



Svortuloft Lighthouse great for Brunnich's Guillemot



Djupalonssandur





Kirkjufell

Stykkisholmur


Hellissandur


Budakirkja at 01:28am 


The bay near Kirkjufellsfoss at 02:45am








Kirkjufellsfoss

















 Brunnich's Guillemot at Svortuloft Lighthouse with Razorbill 


A winter trip is on the cards for the Aurora in the south and south east regions ..






White-eyed Gull ~ Hurghada, Egypt - Mar' 16

Saturday, 26 March 2016

A long weekend spent in Hurghada, Egypt with the aim being to photograph White-eyed Gull ..





Flew out of Gatwick with Easyjet on the 18th returned on the 21st for £188 ..

Stayed at 'The Three Corners' sunny beach resort via Hotels.com and got a All Inclusive deal for £107 ..

Also got a Car & Driver for £50 per day, he spoke good english and got us in to places with high security with ease ..
This is by far the easiest way to travel about and takes all the hassle out of the trip ..
If your planning a trip contact Hamed

 +20 101 9565999 or facebook




The morning of the 19th, before breakfast was a walk from the hotel to the lagoon this was c.2km open stretch of beach with a small fishing village right next to a Army base, we were warned here by one of the fishermen to be careful with the camera's ..
Of note Caspian Tern, Slender-billed Gull, Kentish & Grey Plover and Northern Wheatear ..



Midday we met up with Hamed and drove down to Sahl Hasheesh, this was and like everywhere else under very high security without Hamed entry would not of been possible ..
The target bird couldn't be seen here as we were restricted to being followed by security so moved on ..



Hurghada Marina was a good site for both White-eyed and Sooty gulls although there was security at the gate this site was open to the public with bars and cafes along the waterfront ..





Hamed has a friend with a boat !!
A quick phone call and we were booked for the following day to go out to one of the Islands ..





The 20th and day 2, the wind had increased from none yesterday to 20mph and the flat sea was no more ..
We met Fares our boatmen, it was about 30 mins before we dropped anchor and waded in to a deserted sand bar.


  
The wind and the sunlight weren't great for photograph as the birds were lite from the back but it was just a great place to be, isolated on a island with no one else there ...



Of note on the sand bar ...
Little, Caspian, Common and Swift Tern. 
Pallid Harrier male, Spoonbill, Pallas's Gull, White-eyed, Sooty, Baltic and Slender-billed Gull.






I would highly recommend the boat trip especially later in the year as the species seen would be fantastic ..
If its possible to get on the other islands then the birding could be great ..







The 21st and Day 3, started off near the kite center at El Gouna with a few hirundines and Kentish Plover only for the effort, out near the farm were Steppe Buzzard and Greater Short-toed Lark ..







The remainder of the day was spent back at Hurghada marina before the early evening flight ..





Thanks to Hamed for making this a hassle free trip as without him it would of been very difficult accessing some sites ..





Below is a link for a locations guide
Map showing sites visited ...