Nature Watch Norðurland Vestra

Nature Watch Norðurland Vestra
Nature Watch Norðurland Vestra

Nature watch of the Natural History Institute of Northwest Iceland. Environmental education on the subject of Icelandic nature.

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Vatnsnes

Nature Watch Norðurland Vestra

It is almost impossible to miss a group a flying greying geese: their honking calls can be heard from far away, and they call to each other regularly. Experienced birders can even recognise species of goose flocks from their calls, without seeing them! #geese #goose #geeseofinstagram #birds #birdsofinstagram #birdsoficeland #birdphotography #birdsflying #birdsinflight #flock #birding #birdingphotography #iceland #icelandwildlife #icelandphotography #wildlifeofinstagram #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #arctic #arcticwildlife #arcticphotography #migratorybirds #vatnsnes #norðurlandvestra #húnaþingvestra #hvammstangi

Vatnsnes

Nature Watch Norðurland Vestra

Ringed plover are back in Iceland! These stocky waders can usually be seen Iceland from April to the beginning of October. They are easily recognised with their black mask and their short neck. #ringedplover #iceland #icelandicnature #icelandwildlife #icelandphotography #wildlife #wildlifeofinstagram #birdsofinstagram #birdsoficeland #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #bird #birds #birdphotography #birding #birdingphotography #migratorybirds #arctic #arcticphotography #arcticwildlife #spring

Vatnsnes

Nature Watch Norðurland Vestra

Today is the first day of summer in Iceland, a national holiday. We took the opportunity to go on a walk, and stumbled upon a redwing stuck in a tractor! It had obviously been there for a while judging by the amount of feces on the driver's seat. We freed it, and it flew away before perching on a wooden pole for a last photo. #wildlifeofinstagram #wildlife #wildliferescue #iceland #icelandnature #icelandwildlife #nature #bird #birds #birdphotography #icelandphotography #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #redwingbird #arcticlife #arctic #arcticwildlife #tractor #abandonned #abandonedphotography #hvammstangi #vatnsnes #norðurlandvestra #húnaþingvestra

Vatnsnes
These two greylag geese flew above me so fast and so close to the ground that I didn't even have time to adjust my camera and get a full shot of them!
It has been a pleasure to see Northwest Iceland come back to life this spring, with the return of swans, geese, redwings, and many other species.

#goose #geese #greylaggoose #geeseofinstagram #bird #birds #birding #birdphotography #birdingphotography #nature #naturephotography #arcticnature #icelandnature #iceland #icelandphotography #icelandwildlife #wildlifeofinstagram #wildlife #arctic #arcticwildlife #wildlifephotography #spring #springtime #vatnsnes #norðurlandvestra #húnaþingvestra #hvammstangi

Nature Watch Norðurland Vestra

These two greylag geese flew above me so fast and so close to the ground that I didn't even have time to adjust my camera and get a full shot of them! It has been a pleasure to see Northwest Iceland come back to life this spring, with the return of swans, geese, redwings, and many other species. #goose #geese #greylaggoose #geeseofinstagram #bird #birds #birding #birdphotography #birdingphotography #nature #naturephotography #arcticnature #icelandnature #iceland #icelandphotography #icelandwildlife #wildlifeofinstagram #wildlife #arctic #arcticwildlife #wildlifephotography #spring #springtime #vatnsnes #norðurlandvestra #húnaþingvestra #hvammstangi

Vatnsnes
Spring is here in most of Iceland! But although female ptarmigans change colours in spring to fit in more with the environment, males keep their white feathers much longer. This beautiful male, identified by the broad black stripe between the eye and bill, is standing in front of a surviving spot of snow.

Photo by Cécile Chauvat

#ptarmigan #bird #birds #birdsofinstagram #birdsoficeland #ornithology #ecology #iceland #nature #arctic #arcticnature #arcticwildlife #wildlifeofinstagram #wildlife #wildlifephotography #icelandnature #icelandicwildlife #icelandphotography #naturephotography #birdportrait  #birding #birdingphotography #hvammstangi #vatnsnes #norðurlandvestra

Nature Watch Norðurland Vestra

Spring is here in most of Iceland! But although female ptarmigans change colours in spring to fit in more with the environment, males keep their white feathers much longer. This beautiful male, identified by the broad black stripe between the eye and bill, is standing in front of a surviving spot of snow. Photo by Cécile Chauvat #ptarmigan #bird #birds #birdsofinstagram #birdsoficeland #ornithology #ecology #iceland #nature #arctic #arcticnature #arcticwildlife #wildlifeofinstagram #wildlife #wildlifephotography #icelandnature #icelandicwildlife #icelandphotography #naturephotography #birdportrait #birding #birdingphotography #hvammstangi #vatnsnes #norðurlandvestra

Vatnsnes

Nature Watch Norðurland Vestra

Abandoned houses in the blizzard on vatnsnes this morning. After a very mild winter and an early spring, bad weather is visiting us one more time now. It is snowing heavily, with strong winds. As a result, the -4°C temperature feels like -14°C! Photo by Cécile Chauvat #storm #stormyweather #blizzard #snowday #snowscape #snow #snowseason #wind #windyday #cold #coldweather #coldday #iceland #icelandscape #icelandicnature #icelandnature #abandonedplaces #abandoned #abandonedhouse #abandonedphotography #icelandphotography #vatnsnes #húnaþingvestra #norðurlandvestra #arctic #arcticlife #subarctic

Skagafjörður
Sunset on the garðssandur beach, yesterday. Skagafjörður, northwest Iceland.

Photo by Cécile Chauvat 

#sunset #sunset_pics #sunsetphotography #sunsetlovers #sunsetporn #sky #skyporn #gold #beach #beachsunset #sunsetbeach #iceland #icelandphotography #icelandnature #icelandscape #landscape #landscapephotography #nature #naturephotography #skagafjörður #norðurlandvestra

Nature Watch Norðurland Vestra

Sunset on the garðssandur beach, yesterday. Skagafjörður, northwest Iceland. Photo by Cécile Chauvat #sunset #sunset_pics #sunsetphotography #sunsetlovers #sunsetporn #sky #skyporn #gold #beach #beachsunset #sunsetbeach #iceland #icelandphotography #icelandnature #icelandscape #landscape #landscapephotography #nature #naturephotography #skagafjörður #norðurlandvestra

Skagafjörður

Nature Watch Norðurland Vestra

Beautiful view of the mountains to the east and Lundey from the Garðssandur beach in Skagafjörður. This beach is formed by the Austari-Héraðvötn glacial river, which deposits a huge amount of sediment on the coast. The flow of water in the estuary was significantly changed when the coastal road was built. #beach #sunsetbeach #goldenhour #blacksand #blacksandbeach #goldenhourphotography #beachsunset #mountain #snow #winter #iceland #icelandphotography #landscape #landscapephotography #icelandscape #icelandnature #environmentaleducation #estuary #river #skagafjörður #norðurlandvestra

Skagafjörður

Nature Watch Norðurland Vestra

The Austari-Héraðvötn area of Skagafjörður yesterday. This early spring has has raised the water levels in the wetland. Many areas that are dry in the summer are, for now, transformed into ponds and the ground itself is saturated with water. #wetland #iceland #mountain #icelandphotography #icelandnature #icelandscape #landscape #landscapephotography #nature #naturephotography #goldenhour #goldenhourphotography #river #sunset #sunsetphotography #skagafjörður #norðurlandvestra

Vatnsnes

Nature Watch Norðurland Vestra

These beautiful rock ptarmigans (Lagopus muta) knew I was watching them, and retreated in the bushes. Such a shame to have branches blocking these shots! Ptarmigans change colour in the spring get better camouflage with the snow melting. However, they are still white for now and because of the premature mild weather we have been having, they are much easier to spot than they normally would be. These three were cleverly hiding in a snow patch. #ptarmigan #rockptarmigan #bird #birding #birdingphotography #birdphotography #climate #climatechange #iceland #birdsofinstagram #birdsoficeland #arctic #subarctic #arcticlife #arcticwildlife #wildlife #wildlifephotography #wildlifeofinstagram #ornithology #ecology #icelandphotography #icelandwildlife #icelandnature #goldenhourphotography #goldenhour #vatnsnes #hvammstangi #norðurlandvestra #húnaþingvestra

Miðfjörður

Nature Watch Norðurland Vestra

Three whales were feeding at the surface in Miðfjörður yesterday. As there was no wind, it was actually possible to hear them breathe from land where the pictures were taken, probably between one and two kilometres away. With the golden afternoon light, it made for a very peaceful moment. Taken by Cécile Chauvat #whale #whalesofinstagram #whalesoficeland #whales #humpbackwhale #humpback #humpbackwhales #whalewatching #whalephotography #iceland #icelandwildlife #icelandnature #beautifuliceland #wildlife #wildlifephotography #icelandphotography #arctic #subarctic #arcticlife #arcticwildlife #naturephotography #goldenhourphotography #goldenhour #miðfjörður #vatnsnes #norðurlandvestra #húnaþingvestra #hvammstangi

Miðfjörður
The Miðfjarðará river ice broke during this weekend's mild weather. Skotta the NNV dog for scale.

Miðfjarðará ruddi sig um helgina.

Photo by Einar Þorleifsson 

#iceland #winter #subarctic
#arctic #ice #arcticlife #icelandlife #icelandnature #beautifuliceland #miðfjörður #norðurlandvestra #húnaþingvestra #icescape #icelandphotography #riverice #dog #dogsofinstagram #doglovers #dogstagram #bordercollie #beautifulplaces #wintervibes #bordercollielovers

Nature Watch Norðurland Vestra

The Miðfjarðará river ice broke during this weekend's mild weather. Skotta the NNV dog for scale. Miðfjarðará ruddi sig um helgina. Photo by Einar Þorleifsson #iceland #winter #subarctic #arctic #ice #arcticlife #icelandlife #icelandnature #beautifuliceland #miðfjörður #norðurlandvestra #húnaþingvestra #icescape #icelandphotography #riverice #dog #dogsofinstagram #doglovers #dogstagram #bordercollie #beautifulplaces #wintervibes #bordercollielovers