Wednesday, 24 August 2016


Super close-ups of Icelandic breeding species

ANYONE tempted by a birding roadtrip to Iceland could do worse than to watch the YouTube video, The Ice Road Birders.

Released a couple of years ago, it still has a tingling freshness about it - not least because it was filmed in late-May when temperatures were still sub-zero.

There is a certain lack of polish about the footage, but that's what generates the authenticity.

In a nutshell, it features three super-exuberant young birders - James Lees, Joe Bilous and Edward Waldron - touring the country's birding hotspots  in a large holiday motorhome,

En route, they captured some excellent moving images of such northern-breeding species as red-necked phalarope, long-tailed duck, Slavonian grebe, ptarmigan and red-throated diver.

At the bird fair, the video had a new airing along with a commentary by James who noted that the sequences were shot using nothing elaborate - just a Swarovski 'scope and a Canon compact camera with an attachment device.

Just back from a flight across the Atlantic and still a little jetlagged, he said he hoped to visit Canada next year with the intention of producing a follow-up video.

* The Ice Road Birders can be viewed at:

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