|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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0ELjv9ufkE