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DjupivogurDjúpivogur might be an interesting choice for birdwatchers because visitors can experience unspoiled nature and see most species of Icelandic birds in their natural environment. The birdlife around Djúpivogur is of great variety, as is the landscape of this area with its three fjords, Berufjordur, Hamarsfjordur and Alftafjordur. Valleys are separated by mountains, which rise steeply from the fjords. There is a wide variety of natural features around Djupivogur which play their part in supporting the the variety of diverse array of local birds and wildlife. Alftafjordur and Hamarsfjordur are important stop-overs for birds like the common eider, the common scoter and many species of ducks and waders. Up to 3.600 black-tailed godwits have been seen there at the same time. The black-tailed godwits have been studied and ringed for many years and the area is therefore, very important. It is also listed as an IBA by Birdlife International. Marsh, ponds and beaches near Djupivogur are ideal for breeding and many species can be found there. Ducks like the common shelduck, northern shoveler breed there and also birds like the slavonian grebe. Mammals such as seals and reindeer can also be seen there frequently. Some areas around Djúpivogur are internationally recognized and must be protected.
Number of bird species: 351
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Icelandic Institute of Natural HistoryWebsite
The Institute conducts basic and applied research on the nature of Iceland in the fields of botany, geology and zoology with emphasis in biology on taxonomy and ecology; maintains scientific specimen collections; holds data banks on Icelandic nature; assembles literature on the natural history of Iceland; operates the Icelandic Bird-Ringing Scheme, prepares distribution, vegetation and geological maps; assists in environmental impact assessments; advises on sustainable use of natural resources and landuse; and assesses the conservation value of species, habitats and ecosystems.
Icelandic Society for the Protection of BirdsWebsite
P0 Box 5069, IS-125 Reykjavik. + 354 562 0477 email@example.com
The Icelandic Society for the Protection of Birds was founded in 1963. For almost 30 years the work was nearly entirely focused on saving the Icelandic White-tailed Eagle population from extinction. The key person in this endeavour was Björn Guðbrandsson, a medical doctor that devoted most of his spare time working toward this goal. Thanks to him and his co-workers the Icelandic White-tailed Eagle population was not extirpated in Iceland...
Lake Mývatns Research StationsWebsite
...information concerning the Lake Mývatn area.
Sigurgeirs Bird MuseumWebsite
The bird museum is located on the farm Ytri-Neslönd beside Lake Myvatn. It was established following the pioneering work of Sigurgeir Stefansson who lived at the farm. Sigurgeir’s bird museum is considered the largest known private bird collection in Iceland...
2005 [July] - Lutz LückerReport
We arranged for a package holiday with Kontiki Saga/Switzerland, including flight Geneva-Reykjavik, a round tour of Iceland, mainly on road n.1 with stopovers in 9 different places (hotels, guesthouses, holiday chalets, all category III or IV with bathroom /WC), and a Toyota Corolla estate car from Hertz. Not cheap (about 4000 sfr pp), but handy. Beware! When leaving a guesthouse you will have to tell reception to call the next place in case you might arrive later than 6 p.m.! Otherwise your room might be given to other people…
2005 [July] - Dave FarrowReport
Although this sub-arctic island has a reduced species list, the quality of the avian delights is high, and we enjoyed such good birds as the gorgeous Harlequin Duck, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Red Phalaropes (breeding here alongside the plentiful Red-necked Phalaropes), five species of auk including Brünnich’s Guillemot, Great Northern Divers in breeding dress, and White-tailed Eagles and Gyr Falcons both attending their eyries. The mammals were good too, and although this wasn’t a year for Blue Whales, we had stunning encounters with a dozen Killer Whales, ten Minke Whales and the final flourish of a confiding Humpback Whale.
2005 [March] - Steve ListerReport
I saw a total of 55 species, 40 of which were found during my foot-slogs around Reykjavik, a further three during the Golden Circle tour, and the rest, including several rarities, only while with Edward. I saw all of my three main target species, and the unexpected bonus of a second lifer, Brunnich`s Guillemot. Edward tells me that I made the front page of the national paper, or at least the online edition, by finding the first Golden Plovers of the year, the equivalent of the first Cuckoo in England...
2006 [May] - Edward RicksonReport
This was the second organised tour to Iceland following 2005’s successful trip. Again it went very well with 74 species recorded, including excellent views of Iceland’s big four, Harlequin Duck, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Gyr Falcon and Brünnich’s Guillemot...
2007 [July] - Hans SchickReport
From June 30 – July 18, 2007 I spent 18 days with my wife in the south-western part of Island. Hiking tours at the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, in sanders, lava fields and mountainous areas offered good opportunities for watching the interesting Icelandic birdlife...
2009 [December] - Andy JonesReport
...We also note long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, lots of cormorants and the ubiquitous eider ducks...
2009 [July] - Andy JonesReport
...At one point two groups of terns took flight as an Arctic Skua flew low over their nesting colony and further on we saw waders including Common Snipe, Common Redshank and Oystercatchers. As we came in sight of the sea we noted a large group of Greylag Geese, a lone Mallard and a couple of Common Eiders...
2011 [August] - Oscar Campbell - Iceland RingroadReport
This short trip report outlines a visit to Iceland, made in early August 2011. With a birder to civilian ratio of 1 to 2, this trip was far from hardcore birding and, in fact, we spent most of our time moving from place to place and doing tourist things such as visiting glaciers and waterfalls (loads of these!), taking photographs, sitting in hot springs (including one formed from power station run-off; makes a change from creeping round the edges scoping such pools for waders!), whale-watching, botanising, horse-riding (not me…), stopping for a look or a walk anywhere that took our fancy and generally going ‘wow’ at the amazing, perpetual eye candy that Iceland is....
2013 [February] - Andy JonesReport PDF
...We have great views of this special bird of Iceland. As we watch the Goldeneyes, a White-tailed Eagle flies along the river — wonderful. Heading north we see a small flock of Common Teal and a Grey Heron, a vagrant in Iceland. On a larger pool there are at least 50 Barrow’s Goldeneyes...
2013 [June] - Andy Jones & Paul RogersReport PDF
...Other auks, Common Guillemots and Razorbills are in smaller numbers. Arctic Terns from the large colony on the outskirts of the settlement dive for fish and then try to avoid the piratical activities of several Great Skuas...
2013 [June] - Mark HowsReport PDF
...Here we quickly found several Barrow’s goldeneye and lots of scaup. The famous Laxa river bridge had several harlequin ducks as well as long tailed ducks and a cracking drake barrow’s goldeneye and a plague of flies which were only bearable when the odd gust of wind dispersed them...
2013 [June] - Mike WatsonReport PDF
...We had a fantastic time, back after an eight year gap, and many birding highlights in a stunning volcanic landscape included: seven Gyrfalcons; a pair of White-tailed Eagles tending their chick; more than 120 Harlequin Ducks; 130 Barrow’s Goldeneyes; two Red and countless Red-necked Phalaropes on the delightful islet of Flatey and elsewhere; seven Long-tailed Jaegers (or Skuas) at their only breeding site in Iceland as well as Thick-billed Murres (or Brünnich’s Guillemots) on their breeding cliffs...
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area...
Runs annual trips to iceland...
Customized Birding Tours - Björn JónssonTour Operator
We offer a variety of birdwatching tours, ranging from a short one day trip to a week long tour which covers most of the important birdwatching places in the country. By far the biggest majority of birds which you will see on our birding tours are local nesting birds, of which there are now 71 recognized species, to which another 27 species of occasional breeders can be added...
Gavia TravelTour Operator
In all of our tours we focus on showing you places we believe you shouldn't miss. We'll show you the wildlife in the area, particularly the birds and we'll make sure you get great photographing opportunities.
Isafold Travel offers tailor made bird watching tours with expert guides. We recommend May - June, as then Iceland has an immense migrant bird population during those months, and furthermore many sedentary birds are more colourful in spring and summer. However, our expert guides can help you find interesting resident birds all year long. We can either arrange round trips covering some of Iceland's most interesting areas for bird watching, or focus the trips around the species you are most interested in...
Naturetrek offer an annual 9 day trip...
...we have put together three packages for birdwatching in our area. One with accomodation for 3 nights and two with accommodation for 5 nights. These tours are operating in May/June on weekly basis...
Birdlife on IcelandWebsite
For the bird - watcher Iceland has many attractions. Though, despite popular opinion, not truly Arctic, it has a fair sprinkling of birds, which come into this category. Another interesting feature is that Iceland is the westernmost outpost of a number of Old World bird species and easternmost of some New World ones. In all some 300 bird species have been seen in Iceland at one time to another, but of these only 73 have, up to recently, been nesting regularly in the country.
Birds & CliffsWebsite
Even though this cliff is located in Northern Iceland this sight is seen all around the country, the seabirds returning to their nests after hunting for food out at sea. Just postcards but some nice images.
Birds in IcelandWebsite
All counted, 241 kinds of birds are known to have visited Iceland at one time or another. Of these 72 nest regularly, 6 are common passage migrants, about 30 are regular drift migrants or winter visitors, and the rest end up here accidentally. Sea birds, waterfowl, and waders are the most common indigenous birds...
Birds of IcelandWebsite
Birds on stamps but nice...
Birds of IcelandWebsite
Iceland lies in the North Atlantic just under the arctic circle. It also lies between Europe and the American continent, Greenland being relatively nearby. This has implications on the composition of birds species on Iceland...
The Icelandic bird and nature experience... in Icelandic or English. The aim of this website is to provide information about the unique birdlife around Djúpvogur. In the region of south – east Iceland, including Djúpivogur, you can find a great variety of birds, making the district ideal for birdwatchers...
Reports and pictures of birds in Iceland…
Preparing a trip to Iceland? Or have already been here? To date, 367 species of birds have been recorded in Iceland which is a remarkable feat when one considers that just 74 (or 20% of them) are regular breeders. Vagrants therefore make up the majority of the Icelandic List. You can view the list of Iceland's Birds (updated 29.03.2005) with details about their occurence here. There you can also see which species are considered by the Icelandic Rarities Committee (marked with "F"). If you have made observations of these "rare birds", and not yet reported them to the IRC (or will see some in the future) then here is a recording form for the IRC (pdf file) which you can then send to Yann Kolbeinsson - firstname.lastname@example.org
All counted, 241 kinds of birds are known to have visited Iceland at one time or another. Of these 72 nest regularly, 6 are common passage migrants, about 30 are regular drift migrants or winter visitors, and the rest end up here accidentally. Sea birds, waterfowl, and waders are the most common indigenous birds.
Lesser Black-backed Gulls RingingWebsite
This project on Lesser Black-backed Gulls Larus fuscus graellsii is now ongoing in Iceland. Over 1000 birds have been colour-ringed and a 1000 more will be ringed during next two summers. These birds have been seen in Europe, Africa and one recovery has been made from Puerto Rico! We encourage birdwatchers to look for these birds and report them...
Natural History of IcelandWebsite
This site deals with the birds of Iceland, the plants of Iceland and the landscape of Iceland. It offers photographic guides to characteristic floral elements of Iceland, the birdlife of Iceland as well as landscape images of this remarkable island...
Welcome to Samkoma, meaning The Meeting Place for Icelandic & Western-Icelandic connections.
The Icelandic Birding PagesWebsite
Welcome to the Icelandic Birding Page! This Icelandic site features nearly daily bird news from Iceland, and soon a variety of bird photos, including of vagrants in Iceland...
Artist - Jon Baldur HlidbergGallery
The illustrator of a number of books on the birds of Iceland - and he is brilliant!
Gallery - Some Icelandic Bird PicturesGallery
Photographer - Dick VuijkGallery
Some excellent images with accompanying text
Photographer - Jakob SigurdssonGallery
Excellent bird photographs from Iceland and around the world...
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