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Ptarmigan in Control of Shooting Range

Men have laid down their rifles in celebration of the lives of birds.

A shooting range in Hafnarfjörður has been closed out of consideration for a ptarmigan which has laid eggs under a tub at the range.

Ferdinand Hansen placed a video recorder close to the nest, allowing you to watch the ptarmigan live on YouTube.

The ptarmigan has been in the nest for almost three weeks, so it’s likely the eggs will hatch within ten days. If you are a fan of slow TV, now may be your chance to witness egg shells cracking.

Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson, head of Birdlife Iceland, told RÚV the eggs will all hatch at the same time. “It can take [the chicks] up to two days to make it all the way out,” he stated.

Therefore, there is no reason to stay up all night, waiting for the eggs to hatch. After all, this is very slow TV.

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