Steffi Meisl

Spot the goosander: The biggest freshwater duck in Iceland

The goosander (Mergus merganser), known as the common merganser in North America, is a large piscivorous duck belonging to the Mergus genus. In Iceland also the Red-breasted merganser (Mergus serrator) belongs to this genus. The goosander has also been called the Buff-breasted Merganser or simply the sawbill because of its serrated billedges used for fishing. …

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Spot the red-necked phalarope: Where did it come from?

The Red-necked phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) is a wader of the Phalaropus genus belonging to shorebirds (Charadriiformes). The Phalarope genus is a small group of birds with only three living species. Besides the red-necked phalarope, the red phalarope (called the gray phalarope in Europe) (Phalaropus fulicarius) and the Wilson´s phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor) belong to the genus. …

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Arnastapi & Mt. Stapafell in Iceland

Iceland is a dreamy place, full of landscapes that go beyond the imagination; glaciers everywhere, waterfalls surrounded by rainbows, majestic mountains, volcanoes with unpronounceable names (if you’re not used to the local language) and really picturesque villages. One such village is Arnastapi, a small town south-west of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula – one of the most …

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