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Iceland, 2019

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Biogeography

Birds

Puffins

Puffin with fish

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 4, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Puffin close

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 4, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Puffin close

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 4, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Puffin with many fish

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 6, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Puffin with fish in flight

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 4, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Puffins nesting

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 4, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 4, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Puffling

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 5, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Puffling

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 5, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Bob, Darwin, and puffling

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Darwin
Bob
On the Ferry from the Westman Islands, Iceland
September 4, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Bob and puffling

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Bob
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 5, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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John's dramatic rescue

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 5, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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John's puffling

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Bob
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 5, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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The boxes arrive

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 5, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Puffling central

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 5, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Weighing the pufflings

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 5, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Puffling in a bowl

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 5, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 5, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Measuring wing length

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 5, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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The release

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 5, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Bob's big release

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 5, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Puffling handoff

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 6, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Puffling take-off - unsuccessful

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 5, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Puffling take-off - unsuccessful

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 5, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Dead puffling at the pier

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 4, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Giant puffin

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Landeyjahofn, Iceland
September 4, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Giant puffin

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Landeyjahofn, Iceland
September 4, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Another giant puffin

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 4, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Bob and a giant puffin

iceland 2019
Bob
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 4, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Puffin breakthrough

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Keflavic airport
Iceland
September 3, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Bob with puffin hat

iceland 2019
Bob
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Reykjavik, Iceland
September 14, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Bob with puffin hat

iceland 2019
Bob
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Reykjavik, Iceland
September 14, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Sirkus

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Seyðisfjürðar, Iceland
September 9, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Formal puffin

iceland 2019
Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 4, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Guillemot

iceland 2019
Black guillemot (Cepphus grylle)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Húsavík, Iceland
September 10, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Guillemot

iceland 2019
Black guillemot (Cepphus grylle)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Húsavík, Iceland
September 10, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Guillemot

iceland 2019
Black guillemot (Cepphus grylle)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Iceland
September 11, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Guillemot

iceland 2019
Black guillemot (Cepphus grylle)
Family: Alcidae (auks, murres, guillemots, and puffins)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 5, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Ptarmigan on the rocks

iceland 2019
Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus muta)
Family: Phasianidae (pheasants and grouse)
Godifoss, Iceland
September 10, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Ptarm again

iceland 2019
Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus muta)
Family: Phasianidae (pheasants and grouse)
Godifoss, Iceland
September 10, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Ptarmigan close

iceland 2019
Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus muta)
Family: Phasianidae (pheasants and grouse)
Godifoss, Iceland
September 10, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Fulmar

iceland 2019
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis)
Family: Procellariidae (shearwaters, fulmars, petrels, prions)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 4, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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iceland 2019
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis)
Family: Procellariidae (shearwaters, fulmars, petrels, prions)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 4, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Whooper

iceland 2019
Whopper swan (Cygnus cyngus)
Family: Anatidae (ducks, geese, swans)
Reykjavík, Iceland
September 14, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Whooper

iceland 2019
Whopper swan (Cygnus cyngus)
Family: Anatidae (ducks, geese, swans)
Iceland
September 12, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Whoopers in flight

iceland 2019
Whopper swan (Cygnus cyngus)
Family: Anatidae (ducks, geese, swans)
Iceland
September 8, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Whoopers on the run

iceland 2019
Whopper swan (Cygnus cyngus)
Family: Anatidae (ducks, geese, swans)
Iceland
September 9, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Swan and cygets in the rain

iceland 2019
Whopper swan (Cygnus cyngus)
Family: Anatidae (ducks, geese, swans)
Iceland
September 11, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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What's the question

iceland 2019
Graylag goose (Anser anser)
Family: Anatidae
Reykjavík, Iceland
September 15, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Anser profiled

iceland 2019
Graylag goose (Anser anser)
Family: Anatidae
Reykjavík, Iceland
September 15, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Questioning look

iceland 2019
Graylag goose (Anser anser)
Family: Anatidae
Reykjavík, Iceland
September 15, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Iceland Re ducks

iceland 2019
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Family:Anatidae
, Iceland
September 10, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Eider one

iceland 2019
Common eider (Somateria mollissima)
Family:Anatidae
Siglufjürður, Iceland
September 10, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Catching oysters

iceland 2019
Eurasian oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)
, Iceland
September 8, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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European gold

iceland 2019
European golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria)
Family: Charadriidae (plovers and lapwings)
Gardur, Iceland
September 3, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Gulls on the rocks

iceland 2019
Great black-backed gull (Larus marinus)
Húsavík, Iceland
September 10, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Dumpster gull

iceland 2019
Lesser black-backed gull (Larus fuscus)
Near Keflavik, Iceland
September 16, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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iceland 2019
Lesser black-backed gull (Larus fuscus)
Family: Laridae
Iceland
September 12, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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iceland 2019
Black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Family: Laridae
Iceland
September 10, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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iceland 2019
Black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Family: Laridae
Iceland
September 10, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Glaucous

iceland 2019
Glaucous gull (Larus hyperboreus )
Family: Laridae
Iceland
September 12, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Print

iceland 2019
Gull
Iceland
September 10, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Done

iceland 2019
Dunlin (Calidris alpina)
Gardur Headlands, Iceland
September 13, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Raven

iceland 2019
Common raven (Corvus splendens)
Iceland
September 13, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Electric eagle

iceland 2019
White-tailed Eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)
Family: Accipitridae (hawks, eagles, kites)
On the road
Iceland
September 11, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Snow bunting

iceland 2019
Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis)
Family: Calcariidae (longspurs and snow buntings)
Glacier Bay, Iceland
September 7, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Redwing

iceland 2019
Redwing (Turdus iliacus)
Iceland
September 9, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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iceland 2019
Redwing (Turdus iliacus)
Husavik, Iceland
September 10, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Vulgar birds

iceland 2019
European starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Near Keflavik
Iceland
September 16, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Pigeon strut

iceland 2019
Rock dove / common pigeon (Columba livia)
Seyðisfjürðar, Iceland
September 9, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Face of rock

iceland 2019
Rock dove / common pigeon (Columba livia)
Siglufjürður, Iceland
September 11, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Mammals

Beluga

Beluga

iceland 2019
Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas)
Family: Cetacea
Iceland
September 11, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Bob's beluga encounter

iceland 2019
Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas)
Family: Cetacea
Iceland
September 11, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Wendy's beluga encounter

iceland 2019
Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas)
Family: Cetacea
Iceland
September 11, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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2 seals

iceland 2019
Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)
Family: Phocidae (true seals)
Jokulsarlan Lagoon
Iceland
September 7, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Horses

Horse

iceland 2019
Domestic horse (Equus caballus)
Family: Equidae
Iceland
September 11, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Horse nursing

iceland 2019
Domestic horse (Equus caballus)
Family: Equidae
Iceland
September 11, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Two horses

iceland 2019
Domestic horse (Equus caballus)
Family: Equidae
Iceland
September 11, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Stallion

iceland 2019
Domestic horse (Equus caballus)
Family: Equidae
Iceland
September 8, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Hippy horse

iceland 2019
Domestic horse (Equus caballus)
Family: Equidae
Iceland
September 8, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Horse tales

iceland 2019
Domestic horse (Equus caballus)
Family: Equidae
Iceland
September 8, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Sheep

Sheep in the grass

iceland 2019
Sheep (Ovis aries)
Family: Bovidae
Iceland
September 4, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Sheep in the grass

iceland 2019
Domestic sheep (Ovis aries)
Family: Bovidae
Iceland
September 4, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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iceland 2019
Domestic sheep (Ovis aries)
Family: Bovidae
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 6, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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2 sheep

iceland 2019
Domestic sheep (Ovis aries)
Family: Bovidae
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 5, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Sheep face

iceland 2019
Domestic sheep (Ovis aries)
Family: Bovidae
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 5, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Black ram

iceland 2019
Domestic sheep (Ovis aries)
Family: Bovidae
On the road
Iceland
September 11, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Sheep in foliage

iceland 2019
Domestic sheep (Ovis aries)
Family: Bovidae
On the road
Iceland
September 11, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Sheep in foliage

iceland 2019
Domestic sheep (Ovis aries)
Family: Bovidae
On the road
Iceland
September 11, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Well, obviously

iceland 2019
Domestic sheep (Ovis aries)
Family: Bovidae
On the road
Iceland
September 11, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Cat

iceland 2019
Cat (Felis catus)
Famliy: Felidae (cats)
Reykjavík, Iceland
September 15, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Moth

iceland 2019
Moth (Acleris)
Famliy: ()
Reykjavík, Iceland
September 7, 2019
Olympus Tough TG-5

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Lichen

What grey reindeer eat

iceland 2019
Gray reindeer lichen (Cladonia rangiferina)
Family: Cladoniaceae
Keflavik, Iceland
September 16, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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iceland 2019
Lichen ()
Family:
Iceland
September 16, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Lichen on rock

iceland 2019
Lichen ()
Family:
Iceland
September 16, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Lichens on rock

iceland 2019
Lichen ()
Family:
Iceland
September 10, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Fungi

Shaggy

iceland 2019
Shaggy mane (Coprinus comatus)
Family: Agaricaeae
Seyðisfjürðar, Iceland
September 9, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Shaggy

iceland 2019
Shaggy mane (Coprinus comatus)
Family: Agaricaeae
Near Stuðlagil Canyon, Iceland
September 9, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Close shag

iceland 2019
Shaggy mane (Coprinus comatus)
Family: Agaricaeae
Near Stuðlagil Canyon, Iceland
September 9, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Family:
Glaumbær, Iceland
September 11, 2019
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Flora

Lake balls

iceland 2019
Marimo moss balls (Cladophora aegagropila)
Family: Cladophoraceae
Lake Mývatn, Iceland
September 10, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Carnivore

iceland 2019
Sea Campion (Silene uniflora)
Family: Caryophyllaceae (pink family)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 5, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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iceland 2019
Sea Campion (Silene uniflora)
Family: Caryophyllaceae (pink family)
Námafjall geologically active region
Iceland
September 9, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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The alchemist

iceland 2019
Alpine Lady's-Mantle (Alchemilla alpina)
Family: Rosaceae (rose family)
Reynisfjara, Iceland
September 6, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Growth on lava

iceland 2019
Alpine Lady's-Mantle (Alchemilla alpina)
Family: Rosaceae (rose family)
Iceland
September 9, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Heather

iceland 2019
Common heather (Calluna vulgaris)
Family:
Keflavic, Iceland
September 16, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Ground cover

iceland 2019
Geranium ()
Iceland
September 7, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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iceland 2019
Lady's mantle (Alchemilla)
Seyðisfjürðar, Iceland
September 9, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Yarrow

Common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
Family: Asteraceae (sunflowers, daisies, asters)
Heimaey Island in the Westman Island group, Iceland
September 5, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Birch bark

iceland 2019
Downy birch (Betula pubescens)
Family: Betulaceae (birch family - alders, birches, hazels)
Seyðisfjürðar, Iceland
September 9, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Birch trunk

iceland 2019
Downy birch (Betula pubescens)
Family: Betulaceae (birch family - alders, birches, hazels)
Iceland
September 7, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Birch trunk in fall

iceland 2019
Downy birch (Betula pubescens)
Family: Betulaceae (birch family - alders, birches, hazels)
Dimmuborgir, Iceland
September 9, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Birch leaves in fall

iceland 2019
Downy birch (Betula pubescens)
Family: Betulaceae (birch family - alders, birches, hazels)
Dimmuborgir, Iceland
September 9, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Fall colors

iceland 2019
Birch ()
Family:
Dimmuborgir
Near Lake Mývatn, Iceland

September 9, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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iceland 2019
Iceland
September 9, 2019
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Misc

Free as a bird - with strings attached

iceland 2019
Bird
Cemetery
Glaumbær, Iceland
September 11, 2019
Canon 7Dmark2

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Some lists

Orders of birds depicted
+ Accipitriformes - white-tailed eagle
+ Anseriformes - whooper swan, graylag goose, mallard
+ Procellariiformes - northern fulmar
+ Charadriiformes - Atlantic puffin, black guillemot, black-headed gull, great black-backed gull, lesser black-backed gull, European golden plover
+ Columbiformes - rock dove
+ Galliformes - rock ptarmigan
+ Passeriformes - redwing, European starling, common raven

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Acknowledgements

With tremendous thanks to Wendy for planning the entire trip!
Wendy also kept meticulous written and photographic records that I have taken liberties to copy.
To Syler and Cynda - for travel and photographic advice
To some of my fellow Iceland sojourners who greatly enhanced the experience, including John and Joan Holland

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Created: October 2, 2019 (from iceland2019.hmtl)
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