Although I am no wildlife or bird expert I have been having a go at them lately. Late July I borrowed an 400mm f2.8 lens for my Canon 5D MKII (not the best bird camera either) and headed to the south and south-east Iceland.
My main objective was to shoot the great Skua and the Atlantic Puffin. The Atlantic Puffin was gone once I arrived. But me and Mai had alot of fun shooting the great Skua which is an very aggressive bird once you get close to his nesting area:
The Arctic Tern was another subject. Not the hardest to find but sometimes tricky to capture at the right place with its fast and never resting pace. In the fading light near Vík we stopped by the large colony that breeds there:
As an extra surprise we saw a group of Razorbills with their chicks at the glacier lagoon. The group feeding on small fish that the currents of the outlet bring back from the sea into the lagoon. The group ran into big trouble at the entrance of the lagoon as they got stuck between strong currents smashing against icebergs and a group of seals. An epic battle of survival ensured as the chicks could not fly away and their parents stayed in the water with them. For about an hour the chicks where fighting for their lives being smashed and crushed by small icebergs in the strong current. The lost chicks screamed and their panicked parents swam frantically to try to find them: