Today we have a nice selection of Nearctic birds from reader Kenneth Crook:
I just returned from a 2 week vacation in Iceland with my own family and that of another WEIT reader (indeed I think it was he who first pointed me in the direction of your website a few years ago). Completely stunning (and even awesome!) landscapes and I highly recommend a visit to anybody. In any case, it’s got an interesting population of birds and I saw many that I’ve never seen before and here are a few photos of said birds. They’re not anywhere near the quality of a lot of the material you post, but I was happy with some of them.Outside one of the houses we rented was a pair of golden plovers (Pluvialis apricaria) guarding their territory and keeping a close eye on all invaders. Here is one of the pair and then both of them mugging a whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) that strayed too close.The others are an oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus), a black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa), a redshank (Tringa totanus), a couple of puffins (Fratercula arctica), a fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis), an arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) and finally a family of red-throated divers (Gavia stellata).