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Feathered Pedestrians and Free Videy Bird Watching

It is currently hatching season for many bird species in Iceland and adult birds can be widely spotted walking slowly across roads leading a procession of tweeting chicks behind them.


Videy island. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The Road Traffic Directorate therefore asks drivers to be careful and be considerate of all pedestrians, not least the feathered ones who don’t know about traffic rules and fail to use zebra walks and tunnels, Morgunbladid reports.

This especially applies to roads that lie close to the shore, ponds and lakes where adult birds often take a stroll with their offspring.

Bird watching enthusiasts can join ornithologist and photographer Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson on a free tour of Videy island, off Reykjavík, tonight. More than 30 bird species nest on the island.

The ferry leaves the harbor at Skarfabakki at 6:15 pm and 7:15 pm and the tour begins by Videyjarstofa, the island’s main building, at 7:30 pm.

Ferry tickets cost ISK 1,000 (USD 8.8, EUR 6.0) for adults and ISK 500 for children from seven to 18. Younger children ride the ferry for free. All are welcome.

Click here to read more about the ferry schedule and here to watch an audio slideshow from Videy.

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