BIRD WATCHING in Husavik North Iceland
By the Kaldbakur Lakes only one km south of Husavik is a birders Paradise.
The lake is an outfall from the geothermal electricity plant, which supplies Husavik with electricity.
It is a major netsting area for birds.
Around the lakes and between Kaldbakur and the fjord is a beautiful bird sanctuary with walking trails throughout.
NEW! NEW! The Birdwatchers Pages. Professional list of all the birds seen on the lake or close to the lake at KALDBAKUR and when they have been seen and news from the local birders The Lakes on eBird
|Here below are the birds (92 species) that you can expect to see at the Kaldbaks-lake and the land close to the cottages:|
Great Black-backed Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Here below are some useful links to Icelandic birds and wildlife
241 kinds of birds are known to have visited Iceland at one time or
another. Of these 72 nest regularly, 6 are common passage migrants,
about 30 are regular drift migrants or winter visitors, and the rest
end up here accidentally. Sea birds, waterfowl, and waders are the most
common indigenous birds..
Iceland is one of the major breeding grounds of waterfowls in Europe, and Lake M?vatn is renowned for its abundance of waterfowl. There are no fewer than 16 species of ducks known to nest in Iceland, including two American species; Barrow's Goldeneye and the harlequin duck. Two nesting species and three passage migrants represent the geese. Iceland is one of few places where the whooper swan is still a common breeding bird. It is most numerous on lakes lying on the borders of the central highlands.
On the towering bird cliffs along the coast of Iceland, the most important sea birds are the common guillemot, Brunnich's guillemot, the razorbill, the puffin, the kittiwake, the fulmar, and the gannet. The puffins, however, by no means strictly a cliff-breeding bird as it also forms huge colonies on low-lying grassy islands. It is one of the most common Icelandic bird species with a population running into millions
The most celebrated of all Icelandic birds is the Icelandic falcon, which in former times enjoyed a great reputation amongst falconers. The huge white-tailed eagle was formerly fairly common, but now it has been reduced to such an extent that grave concern must be felt for its future. Two species of owl inhabit Iceland. The snowy owl, which is extremely rare, was restricted to certain wild parts of the central highlands. The short-eared owl is found in low-lying moorland and valleys. The short-eared owl preys on field mice and small birds, while the snowy owl, like the falcon, usually preys on the ptarmigan, which are the country's only gallinaceous bird and also its most important game bird