Saturday, 1 September 2012

Gyr delight

The essence of arctic birding for me is the mighty gyr falcon (Falco rusticolus)- huge, powerful and very elusive! I have seen distant birds on several previous visits to Greenland but this had not prepared me for a close encounter that I experienced a couple of days ago, when two of these magnificent falcons came over a ridge and flew over me at 50 metres! The light was against me and the speed of the birds made it difficult to focus but I'm well happy with these shots!

Gyr falcon
I spent 3 hours walking around the island of Upernavik enjoying some lovely scenery and great birds including raven, Canada goose, snow bunting, Iceland and glaucous gulls. 
Atlantic Birch ii in Upernavik

coastal scenery
view inland to the east

typical Greenlandic dwellings- Upernavik

snow bunting


Canada goose
After joining my ship we had a lovely moon rise as we headed out to sea.

1 comment:

  1. Jealous Jealous Jealous. Nice shots of the Gyr and what a place to live!! think they need a resident tour guide? :-)