We'll Visit Iceland on August 6
With Geoff Malosh's Photos>
The Three Rivers Birding Club meeting on Wednesday, August 6, will take us on an unforgettable trip.
Geoff Malosh titles his program "Journey to the North Atlantic: Iceland," and if you've been thrilled by
Geoff's previous photo shows, you'll be equally enthralled with this one.
The meeting will be held at the Phipps Garden Center, 1059 Shady Avenue in Shadyside. Doors will open at 6:30pm
for socializing, a business meeting will begin at 7:30, and the program will start at 8.
Geoff will take us across the "Land of Fire and Ice." In the summer of 2013, he and his wife, Kristin, spent two
weeks traveling in Iceland, which is famed for its spectacular beauty and unique culture. Iceland is small (about
the same area as Kentucky) with a population to match &3151; just a bit over 300,000 people.
"Of course, there are birds in Iceland. Millions of them. Iceland is not home to a large diversity of species, but it
more than makes up for this shortcoming by the sheer volume of birdlife on the island. It is said that the puffins in
Iceland outnumber the humans three to one in the summer months," Geoff comments.
Geoff and Kristin, say they couldn't get out of their car anywhere within 20 miles of the coastline without getting
harassed by a nesting Common Redshank or dive-bombed by a territorial Arctic Tern. His photos include world-renowned bird
cliffs famous for remarkably tame Atlantic Puffins and summer home to millions of seabirds, including 40% of the world's
population of Razorbills.
"Add Whimbrels, Black-tailed Godwits, Parasitic Jaegers, golden-plovers, seabird colonies, ponds dotted with Red-throated
Loons, waterfalls, icebergs, great seafood, 23 hours and 22 minutes of daytime, and getting strafed by nesting Great
Skuas, and it all adds up to a very memorable country that invariably leaves an indelible impression on people who visit
there," Geoff says.
He is a 1997 graduate of Michigan State University in 1997 with a major in physics. He started birding in 1983 just
before his eighth birthday, and he says, "One of my earliest memories is a Red-eyed Vireo just ten feet away outside the
bedroom window of my childhood house in Scott Township. Another early formative memory from 1984 was holding
Black-throated Blue Warbler and American Redstart in my hand at Ron Leberman's banding station at Presque Isle State
Geoff's yard list in Moon Township, Allegheny County, is 117 species. The last two came this spring: a Northern
Waterthrush (the 25th warbler species for the yard) and a White-crowned Sparrow. His Allegheny County list is 278, and his
Pennsylvania list is 363.
He has recorded birds in 39 U.S. states and five Canadian provinces, and has traveled to Mexico, the Bahamas, Dominican
Republic, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom including Scotland, and Iceland. He's not sure how many species he has
photographed, but says it is over 500.
Geoff is an avid tennis fan. He attended the U.S. Open (2009), Australian Open (2011), and Wimbledon (2012). He is also
an avid Michigan State fan and attended the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Jan 1, 2014. He recorded 16 bird species while
tailgating that day.
(Editor's note: Geoff's program will conclude with what I consider the most beautiful example of all his photographic
artistry. Bird, landscape, and sky combine breathtakingly.)