Icelandic footballers beat Austria, to next round, celebration with birds


This 22 June 2016 video is called Iceland vs Austria 2:1 All Goals & EXTENDED Highlights.

Iceland, which had never been at a European football championship before, now has reached the best 16 teams of Euro 2016 in France. They will play England.

To celebrate this, two videos about birds in Iceland; one for each goal.

This video says about itself:

29 January 2009

In Iceland’s remote Westman Islands, warming weather is threatening a beloved mascot: the Atlantic puffin.

This video says about itself:

Great Northern Diver – Husavik (Iceland) – 16th of July 2015

I was privileged to see these beautiful birds decades ago in a lake in southern Iceland.

Iceland 1-Portuguese favourites 1, celebration with birds


This football video is about Icelandic footballer Bjarnason’s goal in the Portugal vs Iceland 1-1 match at the Euro 2016 – 14/05/2016.

And it stayed one goal each. A success for Iceland, for the first time ever at European championships!

To celebrate, here this video about birds in Iceland.

The video says about itself:

Diverse bird habitats make Northeast Iceland the richest birding area in Iceland, in terms of number of species and abundance of birds. Nearly the entire European population of Barrow’s Goldeneye breeds here and nowhere else will you find higher density of the Gyr Falcon. The Northeast has the bulk of the Icelandic population of many species, such as Gadwall, Harlequin Duck, Common Scoter, Slavonian Grebe and Rock Ptarmigan.

And this video about birds in Portugal.

North Sea, Scotland, Iceland wildlife highlights


This video is called Barrow’s goldeneye (species of duck found in northwestern USA).

In Europe, Barrow’s goldeneyes live only in Iceland.

This blog has already posted about a sea journey, from Iceland to the Faeroe islands, to Fair Isle and the Isle of May in Scotland, across the North Sea to Zeeland province in the Netherlands. This was 19-28 September 2015.

Highlights of that journey were:

Barrow’s goldeneyes, harlequin ducks, great northern divers, gyrfalcons, ptarmigan and northern lights in Iceland.

13 species of marine mammals, including:

30 fin whales
9 humpback whales
1 blue whale
25 orcas

Birds:

10,000’s of fulmars
60 sooty shearwaters
25 storm petrels
Blyth’s reed warbler, common rosefinch and yellow-browed warblers during landing on Fair Isle
Yellow-browed warbler at sea and on board the ship