Iceland Circumnavigation with Worldwide Quest - page 5

Vestdalur Valley Nature Reserve in East Iceland. 26 June 2016

 

This beautiful walk uphill passes many waterfalls.

 

Our guide, Bjarki Borg■ˇrsson was excellent and gave us lots of good information. 26 June 2016.

 

Click on photo or link for panoramic view of Vestdalur Valley with its cascading waterfalls

 

Some of our Worldwide Quest group. Vestdalur Valley on 26 June 2016.

 

A pair of Harlequin Ducks on the swiftly flowing freshwater river, their preferred breeding habitat. Vestdalur Valley on 26 June 2016.

 

Click on photo or here for video of Harlequin Ducks in Vestdalur Valley

 

Red-necked Phalarope with chicks trying to hide underneath the adult. Vestdalur Valley on 26 June 2016.

 

Eurasian Whimbrel on its breeding grounds. Vestdalur Valley on 26 June 2016.

 

It's a treat to see Northern Wheatear in the more barren rocky areas near Seydisfjordur. 26 June 2016

 

Greylag Goose nest. Skalanes on 26 June 2016.

 

The parent returns quickly to the nest. Skalanes on 26 June 2016. Nootka Lupins may look attractive but they spread quickly and smother native vegetation. One also wonders what impact this is having on ground-nesting birds that like sparse or open vegetation.

 

Meadow Pipit on Nootka Lupin near Seydisfjordur on 26 June 2016.

 

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