September 24, 2021

Great White Egret at Inchiquin

It was nice to go out in hope of 
finding a Great white Egret on the Loughs and lakes around Corofin and actually find one at the end of lough Inchiquin giving great views of it fishing near the river entry at the other side. I found the patience to attach the phone to scope to obtain some video 








September 14, 2021

Young Buzzard

   This young juvenile Buzzard has been making a living scratching around the fields of Loop Head for near 2 weeks.

 I caught it walking along a west bank checking below for anything edible to eat. I watched two Hen Harriers at different times swoop at the peaceful Buzzard as it sat on posts. Life aint easy on the headland.








September 6, 2021

Little Stint - Clahane

 A quick Sunday afternoon check at my local patch Clahane produced a Little Stint at the high tide rock pools on the southern reef which is known to draw a few peeps in the past, it associating with a few Dunlin and Sanderling.

Two Little Stint in two days.




September 4, 2021

Time for a Stint around Loop Head

 After a busy summer schedule it was good to find a morning back at Loop head for a bit of birding

I was at the lighthouse at Loop Head early, the headland was very busy in Meadow Pipits and Linnets. 2 juvenile Wheatear were on the wall.

 A Buzzard was on a post near the heather hill, 12 Golden Plover were at the Plover fields.

The gardens showed a sculky Blackcap that was harassed by 1 of 2 Chiffchaff around side of Gibsons 

A Little Stint was at Cloghaun Lough travelling with 2 Dunlin, 2 Snipe were also at the Lough














July 6, 2021

Gannets at the Bridges of Ross

 "What do you want to do boy?"..."I want to see Gannets". I Cant say No to that.

A nice day had myself and my son walking the west coast.

We headed out of the of tourist season in Lahinch south to the Bridges of Ross where we were the only people here hanging out along the path over the bridge and on the extreme west reefs.

 We got to see a pod of Dolphins plenty of Gannets and a few Manx Shearwater.

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July 4, 2021

Swifts

 I was fortunate to catch up with 6 Swifts at Leamanuh Castle.

 The birds were fast around the building and very hard to photo, they all left together returned again within 15 minute intervals, Maybe all travelling to a better feeding area further afield in a summer lacking insects.








July 1, 2021

The Crows of the Cliffs at Loop Head

Choughs and Ravens are resident birds along the Cliffs of west Ireland, both species are well adapted to the extreme environment that is Loop Head.

A good walk will always find Choughs within the fields of Cows and on the Cliff edge, noisy unique birds that nest within the sea caves and feed in the fields above.

Ravens boss the air intimidating all birds. On this day parents were giving flying lessons to 3 juveniles and if you listen carefully they talk there way through this with `clunks, croaks and various barks


Chough






Raven