Niall Benvie - Out of place


I always find “out of place” birds both exciting and poignant; you know that, in most cases, they will never get back to where they are meant to be and are doomed to a lonely end. On a recent trip, we encountered Iceland’s fifth ever great white egret, keeping company with the only other large white birds with long necks it could find – a family of whooper swans.  A few days later we ran into a solitary little egret – an eager coloniser of many of parts of Europe but surely extending its lines too far if it thinks it can conquer Iceland. Fishing in a little pool in front of Ione of Iceland’s best known waterfalls, it attracted no interest from the scores of landscape photographers passing by. That sort of adds insult to injury for this Christopher Columbus of the north. May a northerly wind blow it south to kinder conditions and a more appreciative audience.

Tags: Iceland, little egret, Niall Benvie, rarity, Skogafoss, vagrant

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