Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan
Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

Naturalist ๐ŸŒฑ Amateur wildlife photographer๐Ÿ“ธ

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Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

A winter soul โ›„ . . . Black headed gulls are funny to observe, specially as they moult for winter and get rid off their classical black cap and substitute it for two black dots, looking like a ying-yang symbol โ˜ฏ๏ธ. . . . The Latin name, Chroicocephalus ridibundus, means laughing coloured head and sure they laugh in cliffs as bystanders state at them. . . . #chroicocephalusridibundus #blackheadedgull #seagull #seabird #icelandwildlife #iceland๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ #vestmannaeyjar #birdoftheday #canonphotography #tamromglobal

Autumn visitor ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ’ผ
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Ruddy turnstones used to be autumn and spring vagrants as they were passing through Iceland between their winterโ„๏ธ quarters and breeding grounds.  Their numbers have been increasing and some of them are wintering in Iceland. Their speciality: turn upside down stones to get food ๐Ÿ›, but if there is a bigger catch available, like a flatfish ๐Ÿก, they don't mind to have a taste.
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The scientific name, Arenaria interpres, means sand messenger โ›ฑ๏ธ, but every time I see them, the song ๐ŸŽต"Ruby" from Kaiser Chiefs ๐Ÿ•ด๏ธalways comes to my mind.
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#ruddyturnstone #arenariainterpres #turnstone #flatfish #vestmannaeyjar #catchoftheday #birds #wildlifephotography #southiceland #icelandwildlife #canonphotography #tamromglobal

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

Autumn visitor ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ’ผ . . . Ruddy turnstones used to be autumn and spring vagrants as they were passing through Iceland between their winterโ„๏ธ quarters and breeding grounds. Their numbers have been increasing and some of them are wintering in Iceland. Their speciality: turn upside down stones to get food ๐Ÿ›, but if there is a bigger catch available, like a flatfish ๐Ÿก, they don't mind to have a taste. . . . The scientific name, Arenaria interpres, means sand messenger โ›ฑ๏ธ, but every time I see them, the song ๐ŸŽต"Ruby" from Kaiser Chiefs ๐Ÿ•ด๏ธalways comes to my mind. . . . #ruddyturnstone #arenariainterpres #turnstone #flatfish #vestmannaeyjar #catchoftheday #birds #wildlifephotography #southiceland #icelandwildlife #canonphotography #tamromglobal

The cormorant day๐Ÿฆƒ
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As cormorants are an easy target in the harbour, let's enjoy these beautiful animals as they stand by rocks and piers to dry off their feathers.
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#cormorant #phalacrocorax #ravenoftheseas #vestmannaeyjar #birdoftheday #wildlifephotography #seabird #birdsofinstagram #harbour #canonphotography #tamrom

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

The cormorant day๐Ÿฆƒ . . . As cormorants are an easy target in the harbour, let's enjoy these beautiful animals as they stand by rocks and piers to dry off their feathers. . . . #cormorant #phalacrocorax #ravenoftheseas #vestmannaeyjar #birdoftheday #wildlifephotography #seabird #birdsofinstagram #harbour #canonphotography #tamrom

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

Gluttony kills more than the sword โš”๏ธ -Georgr Herbert Probably, this cormorant wasn't thinking about it when he stike over this poor flatfish ๐Ÿก. But sure he had the resolution to have a snack that day. . . . #cormorant #greatcormorant #phalacrocorax #phalacrocoraxcarbo #seabird #klettsvikbay #vestmannaeyjar #wildlifephotography #wildlifeoficeland #southiceland #icelandwildlife #canonphotography #tamrom

Queen rocks ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽคโ›ฐ๏ธ
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Harbour seals are the most common seal in icelandic waters๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ. However, their numbers have been decreasing over the last decades, with an estimated 7,652 individuals in the last census (2016).
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Phoca vitulina is the scientific name, meaning calf-like seal ๐Ÿ„. Their funny pose is spread along the rocky shores in Iceland.
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#phocavitulina
#harbourseal #selur #vestmannaeyjar #southiceland #wildlifephotography #wildlifeoficeland #sealife #canonphotography #tamrom

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

Queen rocks ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽคโ›ฐ๏ธ . . . Harbour seals are the most common seal in icelandic waters๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ. However, their numbers have been decreasing over the last decades, with an estimated 7,652 individuals in the last census (2016). . . . Phoca vitulina is the scientific name, meaning calf-like seal ๐Ÿ„. Their funny pose is spread along the rocky shores in Iceland. . . . #phocavitulina #harbourseal #selur #vestmannaeyjar #southiceland #wildlifephotography #wildlifeoficeland #sealife #canonphotography #tamrom

When the sun comes up ๐ŸŒ…
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You better run outside! Few nice sunny and colourful days after some stormy weather affect to all living creatures. This female eider duck was happily swimming by the shore, foraging along the kelp line.
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#eiderduck #somateriamollissima #ducks #iceland #icelandwildlife #wildlifephotography #vestmannaeyjar #canonphotography #tamrom

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

When the sun comes up ๐ŸŒ… . . . You better run outside! Few nice sunny and colourful days after some stormy weather affect to all living creatures. This female eider duck was happily swimming by the shore, foraging along the kelp line. . . . #eiderduck #somateriamollissima #ducks #iceland #icelandwildlife #wildlifephotography #vestmannaeyjar #canonphotography #tamrom

Gliding over the tempestuous seas ๐ŸŒŠ
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Winter in the north Atlantic is not an easy challenge and many species move towards friendliest area. Fulmar, as predominant seabird species, has no fear and it takes over the empty colonies during these hazardous months โ„๏ธ.
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#fulmar #fyll #fulmarusglacialis #southiceland #vestmannaeyjar #seabird #birdwatching #wildlifephotography #cliff #canonphotography #tamrom

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

Gliding over the tempestuous seas ๐ŸŒŠ . . . Winter in the north Atlantic is not an easy challenge and many species move towards friendliest area. Fulmar, as predominant seabird species, has no fear and it takes over the empty colonies during these hazardous months โ„๏ธ. . . . #fulmar #fyll #fulmarusglacialis #southiceland #vestmannaeyjar #seabird #birdwatching #wildlifephotography #cliff #canonphotography #tamrom

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

The lord of the oceans ๐Ÿ‘‘๐ŸŒŠ . . . Throw back to summer '19, torturous trip to Langanes or the long peninsula (good name) to visit its famous gannetry. The biggest seabird in the north Atlantic (with permission of roaming albatrosses ๐Ÿฆ…). These birds plunge-dive for their prey, with air sacs under their skin to minimize the impact (natural airbags ๐Ÿคพ). . . . Morus bassanus, the scientific name, means "a foolish bird from Bass Rock" ๐Ÿ—ป, where the biggest colony is located. However, gannet is a synonym of gluttony, so I bet they are a bit clever after all ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ. . . . The biggest gannetries in Iceland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ are in Vestmanneyjar and Eldey, where you can follow them online at www.gannetlive.com . . . #sula #morusbassanus #northerngannet #gannet #alcatraz #birdsoficeland #langanes #northiceland๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ #wildlifeoficeland #seabird #wildlifephotography #birdoftheday #birdsofinstagram #cliff #canonphotography #tamrom

Sun bath ๐Ÿ›€ โ˜€๏ธ
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During the short period of autumn, storms are very frequent, so the few sunny days we have are wisely used by every living creature, including cormorants, the ravens of the sea, a seabird without waterproof feathers. This unique characteristic made them very vulnerable, but they sure know how to dry off.
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Phalacrocorax carbi is the scientific name, which means bald raven ๐Ÿ‘ด.
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#greatcormorant #phalacrocorax #phalacrocoraxcarbo #seabird #vestmanneyjar #westmanislands #iceland #southiceland #icelandwildlife #birdwatching #birding #photooftheday #photography #birdphotography #canonphotography #tamrom

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

Sun bath ๐Ÿ›€ โ˜€๏ธ . . . During the short period of autumn, storms are very frequent, so the few sunny days we have are wisely used by every living creature, including cormorants, the ravens of the sea, a seabird without waterproof feathers. This unique characteristic made them very vulnerable, but they sure know how to dry off. . . . Phalacrocorax carbi is the scientific name, which means bald raven ๐Ÿ‘ด. . . . #greatcormorant #phalacrocorax #phalacrocoraxcarbo #seabird #vestmanneyjar #westmanislands #iceland #southiceland #icelandwildlife #birdwatching #birding #photooftheday #photography #birdphotography #canonphotography #tamrom

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

A feral citizen ๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿ˜๏ธ . . . Domestic cats are a great company but they hide a dark-side ๐ŸŒ‘: they are super-predators ๐Ÿ…. Free-ranging cats are considered one of the top threats to wildlife worldwide. Responsable of the extinction of 20 native mammals in Australia ๐Ÿจ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ, and 1.3-3.7 billion birds preyed annually in USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฒ alone! . . . This one was trying to ambush few starlings willing to fest on the berries produced by a beautiful Rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)๐ŸŒณ. . . . Let's enjoy cats but be aware of their damage in urban and non-urban areas. . . . #cat #feralcatsofinstagram #conservation #birdprotection #vestmannaeyjar #sunset #rowan #canonphotography #tamrom #wildlifephotography

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

My octopus teacher ๐Ÿ™ . . . After watching the awe-inspiring ๐Ÿคฏ documentary ๐ŸŽฅ #myoctopusteacher in @netflixiceland, I couldn't hold myself and I went to meet (again) the local celebrity in #vestmannaeyjar , Emily. She is the star of one of the tanks at @belugawhalesanctuary , where she shares habitat with starfish โญand other gastropods ๐ŸŒ. . . . Lots to learn from the oceans ๐ŸŒŠ

A growing baby ๐Ÿฃ
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While most iconic bird species in Iceland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ have left the country, we still get to see some interesting stuff, like this black guillemot moulting feathers. They are mostly black with two white patches in the wings ๐Ÿฆ‹ during summer, but winter is a different story โ„๏ธ. They turn mostly white with some black patches ๐Ÿคท.
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#cepphusgrylle #blackguillemot #seabird #icelandwildlife #iceland #wildlifephotography #wildphoto #winteriscoming #canonphotography #tamrom

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

A growing baby ๐Ÿฃ . . . While most iconic bird species in Iceland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ have left the country, we still get to see some interesting stuff, like this black guillemot moulting feathers. They are mostly black with two white patches in the wings ๐Ÿฆ‹ during summer, but winter is a different story โ„๏ธ. They turn mostly white with some black patches ๐Ÿคท. . . . #cepphusgrylle #blackguillemot #seabird #icelandwildlife #iceland #wildlifephotography #wildphoto #winteriscoming #canonphotography #tamrom

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

The hidden world ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ’ฎ . . . 70% of the world is hidden in plain sight for us๐ŸŒ, but oceans hold an incredible biodiversity. Like sea urchins, benthic creatures that live among algae in rocky substrate feeding on encrusted invertebrates. Their mouths are placed in the bottom and the anus is in the top โ†•๏ธ, and the eerie-ET-looking tubes๐Ÿ‘พ are in fact their feet. Every spring, each female releases ~20,000,000 eggs into the water column ๐Ÿคฏ. . . . The scientific name, Echinus esculentus, means succulent hedgehog ๐Ÿฆ” and in fact this species has its culinary value as its gonads are use for human consumption as a delicatessen ๐Ÿ˜‹. . . . #echinusesculentus #seaurchin #hiddenworld #seacreatures #aquarium #belugasanctuary #vestmannaeyjar @belugawhalesanctuary #iceland #sealife #benthic

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

Struggling with life ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฃ . . . As the breeding season is over in Iceland๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ, chicks are facing one (of many) of the most important challenges of their short lifes: leave the nest and thrive โœˆ๏ธ. Unfortunately, some fledge the nest sooner than they should, as they might still have some down in their bodies ๐Ÿฅ. Bird down isn't waterproof and this fact is fatal for young fulmars when they reach the water, where the fight until exhaustion ๐ŸฅŠin order to keep themselves a float, they often drown. . . . Another challenge is the internal fights between them, as their stomach oils are a good weapon to defend themselves against potential predators, they might squirt them over other young fulmars in highly dense colonies, which make their target no-longer-waterproof. . . . Though life. . . . #fulmar #fulmarusglacialis #fyll #vestmannaeyjar #birdsoficeland #wildlifephotography #southiceland #birsoftheworld #seabird #canonphotography #tamrom

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

The eyes of friendliness ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿณ . . . Belugas are often called the canaries of the sea due to their vocalisation and extremely well adapted bodies to Arctic conditions โ„๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ. These two, little grey and little white, are part of the Beluga Sanctuary project held in Klettsvik (Vestmannaeyjar ๐ŸŒ‹ ) by SEA LIFE trust @belugawhalesanctuary . This unique project is seeking to find a solution for belugas kept in captivity in aquariums around the world, so they can be in a more natural environment. . . . #belugawhale #delphinapterusleucas #sealifetrust #vestmannaeyjar #klettsvikbay #belugasanctuary #whaleconservation #cetaceans #natureprotection #canonphotography

Tattoo ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽค๐Ÿณ
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This humpback whale is a very well known one among avid whale watchers in Iceland. Since 2016, it has been spotted in three different locations: Faxaflรณi, Breiรฐafjรถrรฐur and Eyjafjรถrรฐur. I cannot wait to see where else in the world this beauty has been.
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Thanks to citizen science projects, we can track different individuals around the world, one of those is happywhale ๐Ÿณ and this is the file for Tattoo
https://happywhale.com/individual/25114 
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P.S. the "tattoo" like marks in the fluke are believed to be tooth rakes from other animals, probably Orcas.
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#humpbackwhale #hnรบfubakur #yubarta #ballenajorobada @whalesafari @eldingwhalewatching #faxafloi #reykjavik #discoveringiceland #wildphoto #icelandwildlife #cetaceans #sealife #whalewatchingiceland #whaletail #canonphotography #tamrom

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

Tattoo ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽค๐Ÿณ . . . This humpback whale is a very well known one among avid whale watchers in Iceland. Since 2016, it has been spotted in three different locations: Faxaflรณi, Breiรฐafjรถrรฐur and Eyjafjรถrรฐur. I cannot wait to see where else in the world this beauty has been. . . . Thanks to citizen science projects, we can track different individuals around the world, one of those is happywhale ๐Ÿณ and this is the file for Tattoo https://happywhale.com/individual/25114 . . . P.S. the "tattoo" like marks in the fluke are believed to be tooth rakes from other animals, probably Orcas. . . . #humpbackwhale #hnรบfubakur #yubarta #ballenajorobada @whalesafari @eldingwhalewatching #faxafloi #reykjavik #discoveringiceland #wildphoto #icelandwildlife #cetaceans #sealife #whalewatchingiceland #whaletail #canonphotography #tamrom

Welcome to the jungle ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽธ
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Frenzy feeding are one of my favourite things to observe out there in the sea. Once schooling fish is close to the surface, the law of the jungle is settled. Not only the most adapted but also the most decided individual will get the food, and you can see that some seabirds don't hesitate to fight others for the promise reward! ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ‘Š
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#seabird #sealife #schollingfish #fest #frenzyfeeder #seagull #fupmar #manxshearwater #fish #fishball #iceland #icelandwildlife #faxafloi #elding

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Welcome to the jungle ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽธ . . . Frenzy feeding are one of my favourite things to observe out there in the sea. Once schooling fish is close to the surface, the law of the jungle is settled. Not only the most adapted but also the most decided individual will get the food, and you can see that some seabirds don't hesitate to fight others for the promise reward! ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ‘Š . . . #seabird #sealife #schollingfish #fest #frenzyfeeder #seagull #fupmar #manxshearwater #fish #fishball #iceland #icelandwildlife #faxafloi #elding

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The dark side of puffins ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿง๐Ÿ‘Š . . . Puffins are usually portrait as cute birds ๐Ÿ‘ผ, but the reality is different. Fierce defending their territory, bullying visitors and bitching about neighbors...be aware of the ferocious puffin when you are in its cliff! . . . #fraterculaarctica #atlanticpuffin #puffinsofinstagram #puffin #puffiness #brutalpuffin #seabird #humourbird #funnybirds #birdoftheday #birdsofinstagram #northiceland๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ #discoveringiceland #grimsey #canonphotography #tamrom

Happy family ๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ˜๏ธ
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Razorbills are quite an enigmatic species. With roughly 600,000 pairs during the breeding season, Iceland holds few of the largest colonies in the Atlantic (mainly Lรกtrabjarg and Grรญmsey). Their preference for cliffs make them hard to survey, so this photo with the chick was a big surprise for me! The chick will jump off towards the sea in few days, where the male will be waiting patiently to guide it into the big blue. ๐ŸŒŠ
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#razorbill #alcatorda #alca #aulka #seabird #grimsey #northiceland๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ #discoveringiceland #iceland #icelandwildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphoto #wildlifeoficeland #canonphotography #tamrom

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Happy family ๐Ÿ‘ช๐Ÿ˜๏ธ . . . Razorbills are quite an enigmatic species. With roughly 600,000 pairs during the breeding season, Iceland holds few of the largest colonies in the Atlantic (mainly Lรกtrabjarg and Grรญmsey). Their preference for cliffs make them hard to survey, so this photo with the chick was a big surprise for me! The chick will jump off towards the sea in few days, where the male will be waiting patiently to guide it into the big blue. ๐ŸŒŠ . . . #razorbill #alcatorda #alca #aulka #seabird #grimsey #northiceland๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ #discoveringiceland #iceland #icelandwildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphoto #wildlifeoficeland #canonphotography #tamrom

A voracious parent ๐Ÿ‘ช๐ŸŒฏ
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The record of a puffin holding the highest amount of fish in the beak was ~84 in Scotland. This one is far behind that number, but still doing great in order to feed the little, hungry puffling. ๐ŸŸ
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#fraterculaarctica #puffin #atlanticpuffin #frailecillo #puffinsofinstagram #puffinrally #grimsey #arcticcircle #northiceland๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ #discoveringiceland #wildlifephotography #wildlifeoficeland #birdlife #birdsofinstagram #canonphotography #tamrom

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

A voracious parent ๐Ÿ‘ช๐ŸŒฏ . . . The record of a puffin holding the highest amount of fish in the beak was ~84 in Scotland. This one is far behind that number, but still doing great in order to feed the little, hungry puffling. ๐ŸŸ . . . #fraterculaarctica #puffin #atlanticpuffin #frailecillo #puffinsofinstagram #puffinrally #grimsey #arcticcircle #northiceland๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ #discoveringiceland #wildlifephotography #wildlifeoficeland #birdlife #birdsofinstagram #canonphotography #tamrom

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Good morning sunshine ๐ŸŒ… . . . After few days monitoring the population of puffins in Grรญmsey (66ยฐ33'N! โ„๏ธ), time to post some puffins pics. Most of the pufflings are ready to leave and fish ๐ŸŸ seems to be quite abundant given the frenetic activity of the food carriers bringing supplies constantly to the colonies. The downside: hunting season ๐Ÿ”ซ. Even though puffin population keeps declining, they are still a hunted species in Iceland, and Grรญmsey is not only a popular place for photographers and puffin lovers, but also for those who catch them....hope this practise will disappear soon ๐Ÿคž. . . . #puffin #fraterculaarctica #frailecillo #grimsey #arctic #northiceland๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ #discoveringiceland #wildlifeoficeland #seabird #puffarazzi #puffiness #birdsofinstagram #birdsontheedge #conservation #photooftheday #birdoftheday #canonphotography #tamrom

Penguin? ๐Ÿง๐Ÿง—โ€โ™‚๏ธ
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This chick of common guillemot is about to face one of the biggest challenges in its short life. As soon as it is ready, it has to jump off the cliff where it has had the nest (could be up to few hundreds meters), bounce between rocks and reach the sea where a patient father will be waiting to guide its first paddles in to the big blue ๐ŸŒŠ.
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This chick wasn't alone, there were 2 more with a very nice surprise for every wildlife enthusiastic: common , bridled and brunnich guillemots all together in the same edge ๐Ÿ€.
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#commonguillemot #commonguillemot #brunnichguillemot #urialomvia #arao #grimsey #northiceland๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ #northatlantic #discoveringiceland #wildlifeoficeland #wildphoto #birdoftheday #birdlife #seabird #birdsofinstagram #canonphotography #tamrom

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Penguin? ๐Ÿง๐Ÿง—โ€โ™‚๏ธ . . . This chick of common guillemot is about to face one of the biggest challenges in its short life. As soon as it is ready, it has to jump off the cliff where it has had the nest (could be up to few hundreds meters), bounce between rocks and reach the sea where a patient father will be waiting to guide its first paddles in to the big blue ๐ŸŒŠ. . . . This chick wasn't alone, there were 2 more with a very nice surprise for every wildlife enthusiastic: common , bridled and brunnich guillemots all together in the same edge ๐Ÿ€. . . . #commonguillemot #commonguillemot #brunnichguillemot #urialomvia #arao #grimsey #northiceland๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ #northatlantic #discoveringiceland #wildlifeoficeland #wildphoto #birdoftheday #birdlife #seabird #birdsofinstagram #canonphotography #tamrom

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The little dictator ๐Ÿคด . . . Little black-legged Kittiwakes are almost due to leave their nest, they are starting to play with their wings and to check aerodynamics ๐ŸŒฌ๏ธ. In the meantime, they are giving bad looks to the intrepid intruders that dare to peek in their homes ๐Ÿก. . . . #rita #risatridactyla #blackleggedkittiwake #gaviotatridactila #grimsey #northiceland #discoveringiceland #iceland #icelandwildlife #arcticcircle #birsoftheworld #birdoftheday #birdwatching #cliff #seabird #wildlifephotography #canonphotography #tamrom

The contrast โ—ผ๏ธโ—ป๏ธ
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Myvatn is a paradise for any wildlife passionate. Many unique species are breeding in the lake and now all the ducklings are getting bigger and more adventurous, ready to migrate in few weeks. This gadwall was taking a break from few demanding youngsters which were roaming around.
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Gadwall is a waterfowl, very similar to mallards. Its scientific name is Mareca strepera, derived from a portuguse and Latin combo meaning "little noisy duck".
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#gadwall  #marecastrepera #waterfowl #duck #myvatn #northiceland๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ #wildlifephotography #wildphoto #discoveringiceland #birdlife #birdoftheday #photooftheday #birdsofinstagram #canonphotography #tamrom

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The contrast โ—ผ๏ธโ—ป๏ธ . . . Myvatn is a paradise for any wildlife passionate. Many unique species are breeding in the lake and now all the ducklings are getting bigger and more adventurous, ready to migrate in few weeks. This gadwall was taking a break from few demanding youngsters which were roaming around. . . . Gadwall is a waterfowl, very similar to mallards. Its scientific name is Mareca strepera, derived from a portuguse and Latin combo meaning "little noisy duck". . . . #gadwall #marecastrepera #waterfowl #duck #myvatn #northiceland๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ #wildlifephotography #wildphoto #discoveringiceland #birdlife #birdoftheday #photooftheday #birdsofinstagram #canonphotography #tamrom

Yummy snack ๐ŸŒฎ
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Pufflings are almost due to go and parents are good providers. Sandeels and many other schooling fish are the main target but sometimes the little ones have troubles to swallow the big catches ๐ŸŽฃ.
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#puffinsofinstagram #puffin #fraterculaarctica #frailecillo #puffinrally #photooftheday #puffinsofinstagram #puffiniceland #papey #discoveringiceland #eastfjords #wildlifephotography #birdphotography #birdlife #wildlifeoficeland #canonphotography #tamrom

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

Yummy snack ๐ŸŒฎ . . . Pufflings are almost due to go and parents are good providers. Sandeels and many other schooling fish are the main target but sometimes the little ones have troubles to swallow the big catches ๐ŸŽฃ. . . . #puffinsofinstagram #puffin #fraterculaarctica #frailecillo #puffinrally #photooftheday #puffinsofinstagram #puffiniceland #papey #discoveringiceland #eastfjords #wildlifephotography #birdphotography #birdlife #wildlifeoficeland #canonphotography #tamrom

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

The little monster ๐Ÿ‘น . . . Great skuas are ferocious, territorials and extremely aggressive towards any intruders ๐Ÿ’ช, BUT when chicks are still learning how to navigate the world, they are little clumsy fluffy balls โ˜๏ธ. . . . #greatskua #stercorariusskua #pagalogrande #skรบmur #ingรณlfshรถfรฐi #southiceland #iceland #icelandwildlife #seabird #birdlife #birdoftheday #birdwatching #wildlifephotography #wildphoto #canonphotography #tamrom

Screaming fluffiness โ˜๏ธ๐Ÿ”Š
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This fulmar chick has grown considerably since it has hatched just few weeks ago. In less than two weeks it will start its personal trip to find the best feeding grounds around the north Atlantic. Fulmars are from the tubenose family (Procellariidae), so they can smell food from great distance thanks to the special adaptation they have in the beaks. But still, this chick is asking for food and getting cocky ๐Ÿ“ when uninvited visitors pop by.
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#northernfulmar #fyll #fulmar #fulmarusglacialis #seabird #birsoftheworld #birdoftheday #birdsofcliffs #instagrambird #wildlifephotography #wildphoto #birdphotography #reykjavik #wildlifeoficeland #canonphotography #tamrom

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

Screaming fluffiness โ˜๏ธ๐Ÿ”Š . . . This fulmar chick has grown considerably since it has hatched just few weeks ago. In less than two weeks it will start its personal trip to find the best feeding grounds around the north Atlantic. Fulmars are from the tubenose family (Procellariidae), so they can smell food from great distance thanks to the special adaptation they have in the beaks. But still, this chick is asking for food and getting cocky ๐Ÿ“ when uninvited visitors pop by. . . . #northernfulmar #fyll #fulmar #fulmarusglacialis #seabird #birsoftheworld #birdoftheday #birdsofcliffs #instagrambird #wildlifephotography #wildphoto #birdphotography #reykjavik #wildlifeoficeland #canonphotography #tamrom

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

A tough fella ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ . . . Arctic terns are well known due to their aggressive behaviour towards any intruder who dares to approach their colonies. However, these little birds perform one of the longest annual migration ever recorded, traveling from Arctic to Antarctic environments every year ๐ŸŒ…๐Ÿ”๏ธ๐ŸŒŠ, which means more than 2,4 MILLION km covered during their lifespan (3 round trips to the moon ๐ŸŒ’ ๐Ÿš€). For such a trip, they face many challenges, but they have learnt the fine art of gliding and sleeping while driving ๐Ÿ’ค. With hummingbirds, they are the only species known to be able to hoover . . . . Sterna paradisaea is the Latin name, which derives from the old English ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง name for tern and bird from paradise ๐Ÿ๏ธ. But icelandic ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ name, Kria, is more accurate for me as it refers to the sound the made. . . . #arctictern #kria #charranartico #sternaparadisaea #tern #incrediblebirds #birsoftheworld #birdoftheday # #hvalfjรถrรฐur #arcticterncolony #birdlife #birdphotography #wildlifephotography #wildphotography #icelandwildlife #iceland #photooftheday #photographyingnature #canonphotography #tamrom

The annoying fly ๐Ÿ
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While warming up for the second round of the puffin rally ๐Ÿง๐Ÿš™ (only one day to go 1๏ธโƒฃ), time to check old photos to discover that we are not the only ones annoyed by the buzz of insects flying around! Apparently puffins cannot handle it neither, given the killing look of this one ๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ’€๐ŸงŸ.
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#fraterculaarctica #puffinsofinstagram #puffin #puffarazzi #puffinrally #frailecillo #elliรฐaey #wildlifephotography #wildphoto #wildlifeoficeland #southiceland #discoveringiceland #seabird #birdlife #birdoftheday #canonphotography #tamrom

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

The annoying fly ๐Ÿ . . . While warming up for the second round of the puffin rally ๐Ÿง๐Ÿš™ (only one day to go 1๏ธโƒฃ), time to check old photos to discover that we are not the only ones annoyed by the buzz of insects flying around! Apparently puffins cannot handle it neither, given the killing look of this one ๐Ÿ”ช๐Ÿ’€๐ŸงŸ. . . . #fraterculaarctica #puffinsofinstagram #puffin #puffarazzi #puffinrally #frailecillo #elliรฐaey #wildlifephotography #wildphoto #wildlifeoficeland #southiceland #discoveringiceland #seabird #birdlife #birdoftheday #canonphotography #tamrom

The kings of the oceans ๐Ÿ‘‘๐ŸŒŠ
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Orcas are now venerated by avid whale watchers, but not long time ago they were shot in Icelandic waters in order to "protect" fisheries. More than 70 orcas were withdrawn from Iceland during the 70s and 80s in order to feed the aquariums across North America. One of them was Keiko, the famous movie star from "Free willy", which was separated from his pod/family when he was a calf. After a torturous life, an ambitious program to reintroduce it with his original pod was set in Vestmannaeyjar (south Iceland). Unfortunately, it didn't work because his own inability to communicate with the local population (a long life of isolation in tiny tanks pays its toll in this extremely social animals). This story shows us the importance to keep wild animals WILD, in their own habitat.
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Orcas or Killer whales have their name due to a mistranslation as some ecotypes are specialized in killing whales (like minke or grey whales), but its scientific name, Orcinus orca, has a dark origin as it means "from the kingdom of death". An appellative which seems extreme due to their social and friendly behaviour.
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#orca #orcinusorca #killerwhale #vestmannaeyjar #southiceland #wildlifephotography #wildphoto #wildlifeoficeland #cetaceans #dolphins @icelandic.orcas #photooftheday #orcasisland #canonphotography #tamrom #sealife

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

The kings of the oceans ๐Ÿ‘‘๐ŸŒŠ . . . Orcas are now venerated by avid whale watchers, but not long time ago they were shot in Icelandic waters in order to "protect" fisheries. More than 70 orcas were withdrawn from Iceland during the 70s and 80s in order to feed the aquariums across North America. One of them was Keiko, the famous movie star from "Free willy", which was separated from his pod/family when he was a calf. After a torturous life, an ambitious program to reintroduce it with his original pod was set in Vestmannaeyjar (south Iceland). Unfortunately, it didn't work because his own inability to communicate with the local population (a long life of isolation in tiny tanks pays its toll in this extremely social animals). This story shows us the importance to keep wild animals WILD, in their own habitat. . . . Orcas or Killer whales have their name due to a mistranslation as some ecotypes are specialized in killing whales (like minke or grey whales), but its scientific name, Orcinus orca, has a dark origin as it means "from the kingdom of death". An appellative which seems extreme due to their social and friendly behaviour. . . . #orca #orcinusorca #killerwhale #vestmannaeyjar #southiceland #wildlifephotography #wildphoto #wildlifeoficeland #cetaceans #dolphins @icelandic.orcas #photooftheday #orcasisland #canonphotography #tamrom #sealife

Pure Darwinism ๐ŸฅŠ๐ŸŽฃ
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Oceans are full of life and every organism fulfills a precise roll in the environment. Seabirds hav few techniques to get food, either they dive (puffins, cormorants, gannets), kleptoparasite (skuas) or wait until the fish is at reachable distance from the surface ๐ŸŒŠ. When this happens, "balls" of fish are visible and seagulls alike Kittiwakes (present in the photo) fight for resources as they have a small window of opportunity to provide for themselves. Oceans are jungles too ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒณ.
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#blackleggedkittiwake #blackbackedgull #seabird #frenzyfeeder #fishball #ocean #photooftheday #birdsofinstagram #faxafloi #elding #whalewatchingiceland #iceland #icelandwildlife #canonphotography #tamrom

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

Pure Darwinism ๐ŸฅŠ๐ŸŽฃ . . . Oceans are full of life and every organism fulfills a precise roll in the environment. Seabirds hav few techniques to get food, either they dive (puffins, cormorants, gannets), kleptoparasite (skuas) or wait until the fish is at reachable distance from the surface ๐ŸŒŠ. When this happens, "balls" of fish are visible and seagulls alike Kittiwakes (present in the photo) fight for resources as they have a small window of opportunity to provide for themselves. Oceans are jungles too ๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒด๐ŸŒณ. . . . #blackleggedkittiwake #blackbackedgull #seabird #frenzyfeeder #fishball #ocean #photooftheday #birdsofinstagram #faxafloi #elding #whalewatchingiceland #iceland #icelandwildlife #canonphotography #tamrom

A real athlete ๐Ÿ„
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Humpback whales are well-known due to their acrobatic behaviour ๐Ÿคนโ€โ™‚๏ธ which is an essential component of their social life. They communicate through splashes in the surface made by breachs, tail and/or pec slaps. Even though their main activity in Iceland nowadays is feeding, they seem to have some spare time for fun.
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Megaptera novaeangliae is the scientific name, meaning big wings ๐Ÿฆ‹ from New England (where the species was described officially for the first time).
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#humpbackwhale #megapteranovaeangliae #ballenajorobada @eldingwhalewatching @whalesafari #faxafloi #reykjavik #iceland #icelandwildlife #sealife #cetaceans #breachingwhale #wildphotography #photooftheday #canonphotography #tamron

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

A real athlete ๐Ÿ„ . . . Humpback whales are well-known due to their acrobatic behaviour ๐Ÿคนโ€โ™‚๏ธ which is an essential component of their social life. They communicate through splashes in the surface made by breachs, tail and/or pec slaps. Even though their main activity in Iceland nowadays is feeding, they seem to have some spare time for fun. . . . Megaptera novaeangliae is the scientific name, meaning big wings ๐Ÿฆ‹ from New England (where the species was described officially for the first time). . . . #humpbackwhale #megapteranovaeangliae #ballenajorobada @eldingwhalewatching @whalesafari #faxafloi #reykjavik #iceland #icelandwildlife #sealife #cetaceans #breachingwhale #wildphotography #photooftheday #canonphotography #tamron

Delivery service ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿ›ต
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Busy parents are constantly feeding the newly hatched pufflings ๐Ÿฃ. Puffins have a special structure in their beaks with small hooks and a extra membrane to hold as much schooling fish as they possibly can (84 is the official record! ๐Ÿ“Š). Other seabirds are able to regurgitate in order to feed their offspring but puffins are very picky and only like fresh meals ๐ŸŽฃ.
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#fraterculaarctica #frailecillo #puffinrally #puffin #atlanticpuffin #mrpuffin #lundi #puffarazzi #puffinsofinstagram #puffiness #elliรฐaey #vestmannaeyjar #southiceland #iceland #fish #discoveringiceland #icelandwildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphoto #birdoftheday #seabird #birdphotography #birdsofinstagram #fuglar #fuglarislands #photooftheday #photographyingnature #photographylovers #canonphotography #tamron

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

Delivery service ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿ›ต . . . Busy parents are constantly feeding the newly hatched pufflings ๐Ÿฃ. Puffins have a special structure in their beaks with small hooks and a extra membrane to hold as much schooling fish as they possibly can (84 is the official record! ๐Ÿ“Š). Other seabirds are able to regurgitate in order to feed their offspring but puffins are very picky and only like fresh meals ๐ŸŽฃ. . . . #fraterculaarctica #frailecillo #puffinrally #puffin #atlanticpuffin #mrpuffin #lundi #puffarazzi #puffinsofinstagram #puffiness #elliรฐaey #vestmannaeyjar #southiceland #iceland #fish #discoveringiceland #icelandwildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphoto #birdoftheday #seabird #birdphotography #birdsofinstagram #fuglar #fuglarislands #photooftheday #photographyingnature #photographylovers #canonphotography #tamron

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

Mr. Puffin ๐Ÿง๐Ÿ‘‘ . . . I keep lying to myself saying "this is gonna be the last puffin photo I post", but it's hard with these fellas! I promise once the summer is over I will stop (eventually ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿคฃ) . . . #fraterculaarctica #frailecillo #puffinrally #puffin #atlanticpuffin #mrpuffin #lundi #puffarazzi #puffinsofinstagram #puffiness #elliรฐaey #vestmannaeyjar #southiceland #iceland #discoveringiceland #icelandwildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphoto #birdoftheday #seabird #birdphotography #birdsofinstagram #fuglar #fuglarislands #photooftheday #photographyingnature #photographylovers #canonphotography #tamron

A caring father ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ถ
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Guillemots are nesting in edges of cliffs, in  heavily dense colonies where privacy and personal space is a luxury reserved for just few. Chicks are fully grown now, and they are getting ready to "jump" from the cliffs to the water. Sometimes it's few hundred metres fall and a waiting father who will take care of the chick for few weeks until it's time to "fly solo".
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Uria aalge is the scientific name, which derives from greek ouriaa and the old Norse "alka" for this species. This one is the "bridled" common guillemot, a polymorphism in which a white "eye-browed" highlights the beauty of this seabird.
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#uriaaalge #commonguillemot #bridledguillemot #arao #seabird #cliff #elliรฐaey #vestmannaeyjar #southiceland #iceland #icelandwildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphoto #birdwatching #birdphotography #birdoftheday #birdsofcliffs #canonphotography #tamron

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

A caring father ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ถ . . . Guillemots are nesting in edges of cliffs, in heavily dense colonies where privacy and personal space is a luxury reserved for just few. Chicks are fully grown now, and they are getting ready to "jump" from the cliffs to the water. Sometimes it's few hundred metres fall and a waiting father who will take care of the chick for few weeks until it's time to "fly solo". . . . Uria aalge is the scientific name, which derives from greek ouriaa and the old Norse "alka" for this species. This one is the "bridled" common guillemot, a polymorphism in which a white "eye-browed" highlights the beauty of this seabird. . . . #uriaaalge #commonguillemot #bridledguillemot #arao #seabird #cliff #elliรฐaey #vestmannaeyjar #southiceland #iceland #icelandwildlife #wildlifephotography #wildphoto #birdwatching #birdphotography #birdoftheday #birdsofcliffs #canonphotography #tamron

The wondering traveller ๐Ÿ’ผ๐Ÿ–๏ธ
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Wagtails are funny passerines, always flying back and forth along meadows looking for snacks ๐Ÿฆ—๐Ÿ›๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿœ. Their migratory routes take them from Western Africa to the most remote places in Scandinavia ๐Ÿ”๏ธ. .
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Motacilla alba is the scientific name, thanks to the waving movement of the tail and it's characteristic white colouration.
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#mariuerla #whitewagtail #motacillaalba #lavandera #birdwatching #birdphotography #birdlife #birdsofinstagram #migratorybirds #vestmannaeyjar #elliรฐaey #fuglarislands #birdoftheday #instagrambird #discoveringiceland #icelandwildlife #iceland #photooftheday #photographyingnature #wildlifephotography #canonphotography #tamron

Rodrigo A. Martinez Catalan

The wondering traveller ๐Ÿ’ผ๐Ÿ–๏ธ . . . Wagtails are funny passerines, always flying back and forth along meadows looking for snacks ๐Ÿฆ—๐Ÿ›๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿœ. Their migratory routes take them from Western Africa to the most remote places in Scandinavia ๐Ÿ”๏ธ. . . . Motacilla alba is the scientific name, thanks to the waving movement of the tail and it's characteristic white colouration. . . . #mariuerla #whitewagtail #motacillaalba #lavandera #birdwatching #birdphotography #birdlife #birdsofinstagram #migratorybirds #vestmannaeyjar #elliรฐaey #fuglarislands #birdoftheday #instagrambird #discoveringiceland #icelandwildlife #iceland #photooftheday #photographyingnature #wildlifephotography #canonphotography #tamron