Flatey is the biggest island in Breiðafjörður bay in the west of Iceland, but nevertheless a small island. It is a wonderful place. Rich, widely spiced bird life and no car traffic. Most houses are old and most of them are nicely rebuilt. No one lives there all year around but in spring, summer and autumn lot of people stays there. Sometimes the place is overcrowded with tourists but there is both a campsite and a hotel.
I spent few hours in Flatey in June 2012 with my family. We just walked around in this relaxing surroundings. The east part of the island was closed because of bird’s hatch and eyas. But the life in the “village” was also interesting.
Strong gust from vest made recording difficult but I found a quiet place beside a wall not far away from the “main street”. In front of me was a small marsh and it was overcrowded with all kinds of birds; snipe, gull, golden plover, white wagtail, oystercatcher, arctic tern, ducks and so on, but closest to the microphone is a red necked phalarope. In distance Kittiwake and other birds are audible.
I was very lucky this time, there were few tourists on the island so the recording contains relaxing conversations between neighbors in this wonderful ambience. In the beginning a child is drumming a box, but it last only for 5 minutes. After that it is possible to listen what people and birds have to say.
Flatey í Breiðafirði 2012. Fyrri partur
Í lok júní fórum við fjölskyldan í dagsferð út í Flatey. Auðvitað lét ég upptökutækin ganga á nokkrum stöðum þótt vindur væri nokkur úr vestri. Ekki bar mikið á fólki eða vélum. Andrúmsloftið var því mjög afslappað.
Inni í miðju þorpi er mýri sem iðaði af fuglalífi. Ég kom því hljóðnemanum í skjól við húsvegg og hljóðritaði stemmninguna í u.þ.b. klukkustund.
Recorder: Sound devices 744T
Mic: Audio Technica BP4025
Pics: Canon 30D (See more pictures)