Monday, 13 June 2016

Olafsvik to Rif and Auks and Orcas

Leaving Grundafjordur another white tailed sea eagle obliged along with Harlequinn ducks as we crossed the river at Tunguos.
Moving on to Olafsvik we were spoilt for choice a variety of waders mostly
Knots and on the other side of the road  a pair of Red throated divers were absolutely splendid
The town of Rif held more waders as we walked along territorial Oystercatchers and nesting Eider gave good views.
On the other side of the road at Rif Red necked Phalaropes or Odins chickens were within touching distance.

It was now time to look for Auks and Saxholsbjarg cliffs fitted the bill here Brunnichs Common Guillemots along with Razorbills and Puffins a few showed well.
The Brunnichs were superb but were soon upstaged out at sea.

by a large pod of Orcas ie Killer Whales and on the horizon numbers of Sperm whales spouting and fluking.
Reluctantly on to  Arnastapi for nesting Kittiwakes in the blow holes was good for the photographers.
The run home passed  Lysa for Pintail not a hybrid this time and at Hoftun distant Slav grebes and divers finally back in Grundafjordur Haforn the sea eagle once more.

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