Now, this is the last post of this year about Iceland and today it is about its animal world. I have to confess that there aren't a lot of different species but it's fascinating anyway. Come on, let's have a look.
On Iceland there are many different kind of birds living, especially in summer time. And many of them aren't very shy. This Redshenk thought it very funny that I was walking around with a black box that made so strange noises. It sat close so that I could make a photo of it. Driving the car one had to watch out, because they flew very close to it.
People couldn't go down at this beach, that's why you can see only ducks and other birds foot prints. Unfortunately my cameras zoom isn't a good one, that's why the photo of the Common Eider (I believe it is one) isn't very well. Next time, when I travel to Iceland again, I'm going to take a very good zoom lens with me.
And those are Iceland's absolute stars: the puffins. They are really sweet to look at.
On Westman Islands those sweet puffins are hunted at some times of the year. They do eat them! Okay, first I thought "how can they!" But we eat chickens, ducks and other birds so who are we to condemn them. I only guess that puffins are much rarer on the world then other birds. Anyway I don't believe the Iceland people will eat up all of their touristic attractions :o).
But honestly, who wants to know such things. We rather enjoy this beautiful sight.
Those black spots are all puffins. You don't believe me?
Wait, I try to zoom them and to work with an image editing program: and here it is, the proof.
As much as I know, the puffins nests in little holes. So that rock is only used for a good nap after lunch.
But the three toed gulls nests at the rock. It rather looks uncomfortable to me.
Ups, sorry I didn't mean to disturb.
Well, I really wouldn't like to be the target of this bird.
Aus der Wolle werden wunderschöne Pullover, Mützen und Handschuhe gestrickt, die die Touristen gerne mit nach Hause schleppen. Wir konnten gerade noch widerstehen, aber zwei Knäuel Wolle sind trotzdem im Koffer gelandet.
There are a lot of sheeps on Iceland. But they are very shy and don't like cuddle needy tourists. Okay, I did understand this at the end.
From the wool people make lovely sweater, hats and gloves, which lots of tourist take home. We didn't, but two balls of wool walked into my suitcase.
This sweet little guy was at the tourist information center about... attention, now it comes... the Eyjafjallajökull (I really would love to here you all pronounce it, but it goes like this: AY-uh-fyat-luh-YOE-kuutl-uh... at least a T-Shirt for tourists says so). The dog did greet warmly every new person arriving... it was so sweet and came just right for a girl like me who is suffering from cuddle deprivation. However, if you are ever in Iceland you should visit this Informationcentre and watch the movie. It was about the farm just outside the center and it was heartbreaking to see what they and their animals went through during the eruption of the Eyjafjallakökull. But with lots of helping hands they managed to get the farm working again.
Those gulls were disturbed by me... sorry.
And how can I talk about the animals of Iceland and not show an Icelandic horse? So here it is.
Mother and child... of course I had to give them a good caress.
This Oystercatcher was rather angry with me. I guess its nest must have been close, so I disappeared quickly.
I guess this is a Red-necked Phalarope.
There are lots of grey goose.
I could have watched them forever. I love how they waddling along.
Okay, this has nothing to do with animals but because I'm getting to an end about Iceland now (some may think finally) I just have to show you this plant. It's Garden Angelica and it is seen very often on Iceland and together with lupins a real eyecatcher. I know, it grows here too, but not as compact and beautiful like there. But I really would love to try to get it into my garden too. Has anybody some experience with it? Is it worth to try it with seed?
This animal was absolutely happy to get his people back. But really I was so proud of him, finally he had managed to show himself to his spare can opener and even let himself being cuddled. There are signs and wonders! I guess our shy tiger (who was even afraid of flies) is going to get some self confidence, wow.
Ihr Lieben, danke, dass Ihr so lange ausgehalten habt und die Islands Posts so nennt kommentiert habt. Ich habe mich darüber sehr gefreut... bleibt das doch hier im Blog ebenfalls eine schöne Erinnerung.
Thank you all, that you stayed during all those Iceland postings and that you found so nice words in your comments. I was happy about all of them... because it stays in this blog too a wonderful memory.
Häbet's guet u en liebe Gruess / Take care