And lift off! Through April these White Fronted Geese will be leaving their wintering grounds on Islay to start their return migration to the coastal fringes of west Greenland.
On the first leg, they take 1-2 days to fly 1500 km from their wintering grounds in Scotland to south west Iceland, where they will feed for about 3 weeks before setting off again in early May. At which point they’ll fly for another couple of days covering about 1450 km from Iceland to west Greenland where they nest.
Why do they do this?
To breed and lay their eggs in the low predator, relatively disease-free environment of Greenland. I took this photo back at the end of February where I saw these awesome birds over wintering on Islay.
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