Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Continuing with some images from Sweden and Iceland... BIRDS!

I'll be posting this to World Bird Wednesday as the images are birds of the world outside my usual viewing environment. I do have one request for an ID on one of the birds shown in the collage of birds of Sweden, below. I'll be posting more of my adventures in Sweden and Iceland to my travel blog but am definitely finding that slow going... so far nothing new there since my fourth post about our journey added three days ago.

birds of Sweden
Viewing from the upper left corner, the birds shown are a Jackdaw, Coloeus monedula ssp monedula (Wikipedia reference); a Black-headed Gull, Larus ridibundus; a European Magpie, Pica pica; and the White Wagtail, Motacilla alba, which has been kindly identified by Andrew who writes rambles with a camera. I had noted when I first posted this morning that I needed an ID for the fourth bird and that it has a flight pattern similar to a lark... when it is on the ground... it darts around and is rarely still, making it extremely hard to photograph. We saw it in parks and roadsides nearly everywhere in Sweden and Iceland too. (the links on the bird's names take you to the full size image for each)

The Puffin images are not the best images of birds I've ever managed... but they were so much fun to see and watch. I hope you enjoy them. The large image shows MANY birds onshore and is more picturesque than it is useful if you are a serious birder and want to see details... the center image below is another picturesque view of the Puffin colony, this time with quite a few in flight, as seen from the distance while on a rocking boat... not the best of conditions for sharply focused images! And the others are two of the better close views (still not very close!) that I was able to capture of two Puffins at ease on the water and one of a Puffin coming in for a landing. From National Geographic's Puffin page, I learned that these birds are fast fliers... by "flapping their wings up to 400 times per minute they can reach speeds of 55 miles (88 kilometers) an hour." No wonder I failed totally at catching one in flight!


  1. A lovely post Victoria and your images are fantastic...
    The bird bottom left is a Pied/White-wagtail.
    The Pied-wagtail is the one I see and the adults are quite dark.
    The White has a much lighter grey back and from your image I would say yours is a White.
    Same bird just variations in differant parts of Europe.
    Just watch it the tail is always wagging...

  2. Good series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  3. Wow, how cool to see all those puffins. I would love to be there. Fantastic photos and sightings.

  4. I'm kind of stuck on the White wagtail, what a cool bird. Of course puffins rule, I had no idea they flew that fast. Better have a fast lens in that light to get an in-flight capture. Enjoy your trek Virginia! Keep clicking!

  5. Excellent photos Victoria and thanks for stopping by my blog. I love Puffins and your photos really capture the hustle and bustle of their colonies.

  6. Great selection of interesting birds. I love the photos of the Puffin colony!

  7. Love the puffin photos! What a treat it must have been to see them.

    Kateri @ Dandelion Haven

  8. Nice groups pf excellent shots! It amazes me to see so many Puffins in one group!

  9. WOW love the collage--and the puffins--Super birds to enjoy.

  10. The day I see a puffin will be a grand day for me, Victoria. How fun! It IS something to see birds we´re not used to where we live. I should do what you´re doing and try to identify the unusual ones I see here. Hmmmm.


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