Winter

Toftavatn

It has been snowing for the last few days. And it has been freezing around the clock. But it is such a relief. ‘Cause the snow really brightens up the dark winter. Now it is possible to go birding from 10 am to 15 am. Thus it is possible to cover so much more ground.

Today I started checking Toftavatn and the same old story from last week repeated itself. About 30 tufted ducks, 1 female pochard, 1 slavonian grebe and a grey heron.

Male Pochard in the winter sunlight!

I then checked Runavík, where two great northern divers were present. I then continued to Eiði. Once again about 50 whooper swans were present along with a male pochard, two teal, a wigeon, a few tufted ducks and a tundra bean goose flew over – probably the bird from last week. So there were no new rarities, but the light was awesome – so I enjoyed a rare opportunity to get some whooping pictures.

Whooper Swan

It turns out that a Gyr Falcon was photographed in mid september in Tórshavn. And yesterday and to day a falcon or raptor of some sort has been seen around Tórshavn. It probably isn’t the same Gyr Falcon, but it is interesting anyways. Maybe 2011 still has a good bird to offer?

Whooper Swans

 

Whooper Swan juv.

 

Whooper Swan

 

Whooper Swan

 

Whooper Swan

 

SiO

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