May 15, 2015

A evening swell at Lahinch

 An evening swell at Lahinch , 
Wave conditions were flat all day , a 2.5 m swell pulsed in from the south west around 3pm , by 5pm waves were head high along the reefs and beach .
The sun may rise at in the east but least it settles in a fun location!

My column in the North Clare Local

 Since the beginning of the year this blog has its own column in the local newspaper
Thanks to Karl & Kim at The North Clare Local
Delivering a monthly round up and photographs of local wildlife, nature, weather and surfing conditions of the previous month.


I remember back to when I was a child living in west Wales around 1980 , I would have been 10 years of age or so,~ I used to read the nature column in the Western Telegraph .
One day i read about a bird called a Firecrest which happened to be close to the castle grounds near my home , where i roamed, fished and watched birds as a kid.
 I went out and found that Firecrest
 I find myself writing the same type of article 35 years on.

May 13, 2015

Sedge Warbler -Lickeen

Driving through the lanes near Lickeen lake on a sunny day with the windows down ,your sure to pick up on a singing  Sedge Warbler within the brambles 

May 9, 2015

Young Dipper

A short walk from my home 
 Dippers have been nesting under a bridge in the country lane.
Today the only Dipper to be seen was one juvenile bird.
An Otter was seen searching around the nest site a few days earlier and I wonder ?

April 30, 2015

Last of the GND`s

Many Great northern Divers have now moved out of Galway bay and have headed to breeding grounds along Greenland to the US, the ones that are lefts behind seem to be moulting their  winter feathers and are gaining their spectacular breeding plumage,they will soon follow 
I seen only 2 of these birds today along the Flaggyshore.

Spring Gentians at St Fiachtnan's Well, Fahee North, Carran

Searching for wildflowers on fine morning on the Burren with two of my children ,
 At  St Friachtans well near Carron ,Spring Gentians are in full flower, these Burren specialty flowers light up a sparce rugged landscape  that can sometimes seem bleak in life