Flying with the Pink-footed goose
Two Pink-footed geese were caught in the summer of 2013 in the vicinity of Hálslón and small electric tags were attached to them. The location devices are powered by solar batteries and researchers can check their location at any given time.
The geese were given the names Hörður and Úlfar and they left their nests in the nesting area by Hálslón during a sleet storm during the autumn, beginning their long flight to the British Isles. The geese have been monitored since then and they returned to Iceland in April, after spending the winter in England and Scotland.
The objective of the research is to assess the migration patterns of the Pink-footed goose. The project is funded by Landsvirkjun, Scottish National Heritage, the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT), the Centre of Natural History in the eastern part of Iceland, the Vatnajökull National Park and Toyota in Iceland. More information on Hörður and Úlfar’s travels can be accessed at: telemetry.wikispaces.com/pinkfeet.