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Forum: Iceland Monday 4th June 2018, 15:35
Replies: 2
Views: 107
Posted By Edward
Common Eider X King Eider hybrids are not...

Common Eider X King Eider hybrids are not infrequent in Iceland (close to 50 records, see here https://notendur.hi.is/yannk/status_sommxs.html) and King Eider is present in Iceland in small numbers...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 15th May 2018, 09:41
Replies: 6
Views: 327
Posted By Edward
Thanks for all the replies, just have to hope it...

Thanks for all the replies, just have to hope it returns.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 14th May 2018, 15:49
Replies: 6
Views: 327
Posted By Edward
Crossbill sp. in Iceland

A friend of mine took this photo of a crossbill in southern Iceland on Saturday while waiting for the White-winged Crossbill to show up. He only took a couple of photos of this one before it flew off...
Forum: Iceland Thursday 15th February 2018, 14:40
Replies: 3
Views: 535
Posted By Edward
Just wondering how you got on Gregor and whether...

Just wondering how you got on Gregor and whether you got out in one piece. There have been about 3-4 "non-travel days" in Iceland in the last couple of weeks and wonder if that affected your trip...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 12th February 2018, 09:37
Replies: 44
Views: 2,942
Posted By Edward
Looks fine for Gyr to me too, although I've not...

Looks fine for Gyr to me too, although I've not seen such a washed out looking individual. Immature Gyr Falcons can be very tame too so that doesn't necesarily count against it.
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 1st February 2018, 16:22
Replies: 81
Views: 13,879
Posted By Edward
I got a mammal lifer at work yesterday, something...

I got a mammal lifer at work yesterday, something I never thought would happen: Northern Bottlenose Whale out in the bay, but sadly it didn't seem to be in the best of health. I suppose Gyr Falcon is...
Forum: Iceland Wednesday 31st January 2018, 09:10
Replies: 3
Views: 535
Posted By Edward
Birding in winter in Iceland is mainly coastal....

Birding in winter in Iceland is mainly coastal. I'm pretty sure you can get to Grundarfjörður by bus (probably having to change buses in Borgarnes - where I saw two White-tailed Eagles and hundreds...
Forum: Iceland Friday 26th January 2018, 12:26
Replies: 6
Views: 432
Posted By Edward
Excluding Puffins, then the nearest auk colonies...

Excluding Puffins, then the nearest auk colonies are probably at Rauðinúpur at the northern edge of Melrakkaslétta, at least 200 km from Akureyri. It's a great site later in the spring, never been in...
Forum: Iceland Thursday 25th January 2018, 10:25
Replies: 6
Views: 432
Posted By Edward
Akureyri will make a nice base for a family trip,...

Akureyri will make a nice base for a family trip, it's about an hour each to Húsavík and Mývatn, and it's also good for visiting picturesque villages like Siglufjörður. You could even go skiing in...
Forum: Iceland Monday 22nd January 2018, 15:04
Replies: 6
Views: 432
Posted By Edward
Hi Sean Firstly, to your last questions, yes,...

Hi Sean

Firstly, to your last questions, yes, there is a chance of the aurora, one of the best displays I've ever seen was in mid-April one year. And April is too early for flowers.
Going beyond...
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 8th January 2018, 10:28
Replies: 6
Views: 793
Posted By Edward
There is one area of Iceland where Arctic Fox is...

There is one area of Iceland where Arctic Fox is all but guaranteed, the Hornstrandir area in far NW Iceland but the catch is that it’s a bit of an expedition – access by sea only (easily arranged)...
Forum: Birds & Birding Friday 5th January 2018, 15:17
Replies: 6
Views: 793
Posted By Edward
In late July and early August you can pretty much...

In late July and early August you can pretty much do the same as you would during the peak birding period in May and June. While some birds will have left their breeding sites (some waders and many...
Forum: Information Wanted Wednesday 20th December 2017, 07:35
Replies: 17
Views: 1,271
Posted By Edward
Best site guide in my opinion is Dolby and...

Best site guide in my opinion is Dolby and Clarke, Finding Australian Birds http://www.publish.csiro.au/book/6518/
All the fairywrens I saw in eastern Australia in Oct/Nov 2004 were in resplendent...
Forum: Vacational Trip Reports Tuesday 19th December 2017, 15:19
Replies: 7
Views: 1,229
Posted By Edward
I've just spent some time today reading the Snow...

I've just spent some time today reading the Snow Mountain Robin leg of your trip (coincidentally, before I even noticed this thread) - a great read and a real adventure. For some reason Snow Mountain...
Forum: Birds & Birding Wednesday 29th November 2017, 15:00
Replies: 2,876
Views: 468,644
Posted By Edward
Or people can just choose themselves what they...

Or people can just choose themselves what they want to use?
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 19th November 2017, 16:59
Replies: 3,875
Views: 657,805
Posted By Edward
White-winged Crossbill in Iceland last week.

White-winged Crossbill in Iceland last week.
Forum: Birds & Birding Thursday 9th November 2017, 12:38
Replies: 2,876
Views: 468,644
Posted By Edward
Canaries and Cape Verde I think

Canaries and Cape Verde I think
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 7th November 2017, 12:22
Replies: 2,876
Views: 468,644
Posted By Edward
Klacke saw it yesterday, they all saw it today.

Klacke saw it yesterday, they all saw it today.
Forum: Birds & Birding Tuesday 7th November 2017, 10:26
Replies: 2,876
Views: 468,644
Posted By Edward
Gyr Falcon in the bag this morning. One of the...

Gyr Falcon in the bag this morning. One of the trio saw one yesterday while driving but it disappeared before the others could get on to it.
Forum: Birds & Birding Sunday 5th November 2017, 14:45
Replies: 2,876
Views: 468,644
Posted By Edward
Correct, no Hermit Thrush, a one day bird, but...

Correct, no Hermit Thrush, a one day bird, but we did see plenty of Harlequins together this morning despite the abominable conditions. This afternoon is a complete write-off weatherwise but they...
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Monday 30th October 2017, 13:57
Replies: 9
Views: 410
Posted By Edward
Hi John One of the fairy-wrens, and in Bundaberg...

Hi John

One of the fairy-wrens, and in Bundaberg the choice is Superb, Variegated and Red-backed. Without a field guide handy I'd plump for Red-backed but I wouldn't put my mortgage on it.
Forum: Birds & Birding Monday 23rd October 2017, 16:23
Replies: 3,875
Views: 657,805
Posted By Edward
Black Scoter (8 October) Red-flanked Bluetail (22...

Black Scoter (8 October)
Red-flanked Bluetail (22 October)
Hume's Warbler (22 October)
All three new species for Iceland, although the Black Scoter turned up in 2016, just took me a year to twitch it.
Forum: Bird Identification Q&A Tuesday 4th July 2017, 10:41
Replies: 25
Views: 2,536
Posted By Edward
From Greenland I think rather than Norway (the...

From Greenland I think rather than Norway (the same route the Arctic Foxes took). There are in fact modern records of Greenlandic Ptarmigan in Iceland. Some years the sea ice is very close to NW...
Forum: Information Wanted Friday 2nd June 2017, 09:53
Replies: 3
Views: 998
Posted By Edward
Hi Joost I have a bit of experience of birding...

Hi Joost
I have a bit of experience of birding around Brisbane (three family trips in last 20 years). First thing, look at eBird, so much data from Australia and invaluable in planning visits....
Forum: Iceland Tuesday 7th February 2017, 10:52
Replies: 5
Views: 1,793
Posted By Edward
Basically we haven't had a winter this year in...

Basically we haven't had a winter this year in Iceland so the driving conditions are unusually good at the moment but things can change. Always a good idea to have a look at this website...
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