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What Is Puffin Philosophy Anyway?

Yesterday I showed an image of a couple of puffin philosophers in Borgarfjörður Eystri. Now a glimpse of some of their concerns. Because puffins erode their hillsides (and have to move on), the  community has laid down netting to prevent them from digging just a wee bit too much. The result is a near perfect mathematical placement, likely related to the reach of a human’s arms.

A puffin could complain, but the alternative is to be gobbled up by invasive minks, also brought by humans. The project is financed by people donating to this benevolent intervention. Not that that will stop the puffins from deliberating over it for years, of course.

Icelandic Birds: a Complex Ecosystem

Sure, a ptarmigan on the Selá, Christmas dinner, easy to identify.

And an elf bird in its nest in the hraun, not Christmas dinner, easy enough.

But a cairn in the Villingadalur, that looks like an elvish bird, tricky.

Yet, it’s by it that you find your way through elf country to Christmas dinner.

A Skua Attack on the Jökulsá

The nasty piece of work called the skua comes to the Eiðars skirting the rip rap on the Jökulsá.

At first, they get out of the way.

 

Fast.

The Skua keeps at it. When I witnessed this scene two weeks ago, I’d already been harassed by a skua myself, on the selfljót. It wanted my grey hat. Or me. I don’t know which. Yikes.

It’s the ducklings it really wants, though.

The eiðar defense entails a lot of splashing.

And then the eiðars attack the skua.

And jump on the murderous intruder’s wings.

And try to drown that sucker.

But  the  skua  gets  out of the pile.

It kicks across the water…

…and is off..

… with a duckling (flapping its little wings) for a catch.

And that’s why eiðars have so many ducklings.