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An Icelandic Birding Diary
by EBR

This diary feature is designed to complement the latest bird news section, and it may occasionally be entertaining although I make no promises. After having updated the Iceland Birding website every day for more than a year I came to realise that the birds entered under the "Rare Bird News" section in no way reflected the birding Iceland experience, and I began to wonder whether I should launch yet another birding blog. The final straw came a couple of weeks ago when birding in SW Iceland with three others. We stopped to watch a juvenile Gyr Falcon sitting very close to the car. Suddenly one of my colleagues spotted a Eurasian Curlew behind it and shouted, "Hey, look a Curlew!" Immediately all Icelandic eyes were turned to the Curlew, a scarce bird in Iceland, far rarer than a common and garden Gyr Falcon. I can't imagine many other places where the locals would drop a Gyr Falcon like a hot potato for a Curlew. But later that evening I was duty bound to enter the Curlew in the rare bird news, whilst making no mention of a close encounter with the world's largest falcon. So I'm keeping this diary to give a more complete picture of what birding's like season by season at this edge of Europe.

- September 2009
- July 2009
- May 2009
- April 2009
- March 2009
- February 2009
- January 2009
- December 2008
- November 2008
- October 2008
- September 2008
- August 2008
- July 2008
- June 2008
- May 2008
- April 2008
- February 2008
- January 2008
- December 2007
- October 2007
- September 2007
- August 2007
- July 2007
- April 2007
- March 2007
- February 2007
- December 2006
- November 2006
- October 2006
- September 2006
- August 2006
- July 2006
- June 2006
- May 2006
- April 2006
- March 2006
- February 2006
- January 2006
- December 2005
- November 2005
- October 2005


The Gyr Falcon watching us watch the Curlew...

The Gyr Falcon watching us watch the Curlew...



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