Great Northern Diver ~ Iceland - 30.06.14

Sunday, 20 July 2014

This species was my most wanted target for the trip to photograph, they are just stunning birds ...
Unlike their smaller cousins we only found these on huge lakes and the birds distant, with little time we just moved on ...
Whilst Jono was on Flatey papping the Phals, we scouted out the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and found a pair, still on a huge lake but easy to approach in cover, returning the next day one of the pair was closer in, so we waited for our moment then got into position ...

Great Northern Diver




Above .....  1/1000 ~ F 4 ~ iso 640

This next series showing the display was fantastic to watch, shame not only for the bank appearing through the bird but also the bird is turned away, these faults would normally result in me throwing them in the recycle bin ...


  


Above ..... 1/500 ~ F 5.6 ~ iso 640



Our next encounter was returning back from Myvatn, another huge lake with 3 adults close in the light was poor but the birds looked superb ...












If only for better light, the grey cloud cover increased and the light failed so we gave in ...
A superb bird in summer plumage !!


5 comments:

Ploddingbirder said...

Brilliant Mick!!!

Steve said...

Fantastic images Mick what a stunning bird

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Fantastic pictures of this beautiful bird.. Congrats and regards..

Kent Mossin said...

What lakes was it.. I go up there i may month so nice to know.

Mick Southcott said...

Most of the images come from Lake Masvatn on Rout 1 and also from a Lake near Langholt on Route 54 ..

My tip is go onto to google maps and change to satalite view this shows up more lakes search where you are near to and good luck ..