Harlequin Duck ~ Iceland - 29.06.14

Monday, 14 July 2014

Most reports that I had read suggested that the drakes come down from the rivers to the coast around mid-June, but had thought that our best chance was on the Laxa River near Myvatn ..

So when driving on the 54 out towards Grundarfjordur on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula we spotted a drake in the roadside pools ...
The bird flew back up stream and joined another drake and a duck, all three drifted down into the pools ..
A pair remained in the pools most of the time, where as the lone drake flew up stream and drifted back many times ...
Great birds that were just feeding in the fast flowing water but gave us chances for some images ... 

Harlequin Duck




































Settings were 1/800 ~ 1/1250 
F 5.6 at iso 400
Given that these were all taken in dull overcast conditions im pleased with my results ...  

2 comments:

Kentish Snapper said...

In those conditions I would be well pleased with these results Mick. Cracking set with the 2nd from last and the last image being my picks of a very good bunch.

Matt Latham said...

Stunning set Mick. Cracking birds.