Bird photography from a kayak

In photography, we strive to get new perspectives – see our subject in a new and different way.  To do so, photographers use all kinds of gear and methods – and buy new lenses. It was a revolution when drones became a standard photography tool for landscape photography. Suddenly, we could look down from the sky and fly into the world like birds. The floating hides were also a revolution for bird photography. In both cases, we got a new perspective.

The Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) is a seabird species in the auk family. It is a pelagic bird that feeds primarily by diving for fish, but also eats other sea creatures, such as squid and crustaceans.

In this video, we use a kayak for bird photography on the longest day of the year, ending with landscape photography. Using a kayak for photography is another way to get closer to the subjects and on the water with a low-angle view.

Birds like puffins, razorbills, and guillemots are commonly called seabirds. They live on the sea during winter, but we mostly photograph them on land. I don´t see many photos of these birds on sea – at least not from a low angle. In this context, a kayak is just a tool to get closer to the subjects and get a new perspective.

We use our kayaks not only to photograph seabirds from a hard-to-get perspective but also to relax and enjoy being close to hundreds of thousands of birds in Grímsey. Sailing on a kayak close to birds is a great experience.

An old story from Grímsey tells of a priest who disappeared with four others when they sailed into a cave. The cave was believed to go all the way through the island. I have heard this story many times from the elders in Grímsey, and to say the least, this cave has a mysterious status in the minds of the people in Grímsey. This cave is called Prestkvompa in Icelandic, translating to Priestcave or cavern.

In this video, I go into the mysterious cave to find out if the story is true, and does it goes through the island.

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Bird Photography in Iceland - Our 40 Favorite Locations

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