BIRDS OF ICELAND : Branta leucopsis, Barnacle Goose

Branta leucopsis; Barnacle Geese are passage migrants. They spend the winters on the British isles and breed on Greenland. During spring and autumn they stay a while on Iceland. I saw many of these birds in spring in northern Iceland in the regions around Sauðárkrókur. Apperantly in the autumn they stay in southern Iceland for a while before heading south to their winter residence. Branta geese are typically black/white birds. On Iceland I noticed that the Barnacle geese have a bluish gloss.

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Text & Photographs by Dick Vuijk
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 A group of Barnacle Geese taking off.
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 Barnacle Geese taking off.
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