Just into february when a Low pressure system starts to spin off the Greenland coast.
A west swell is produced that will last for days (maybe a week).
The winds on the fringes of this system start South on a friday, South East by monday and East by friday.
The swell is still here and tomorrow is another day.
I sat in the rear of my vehicleusing the back door as shelter from the rain overlooking Lough Atedaun. using my video setting on my 600D which works kind of well at low light and distance
The Great White Egret was showing well over the other end of the lough and is great bird to have here
Lapwings, Teal and Wigeon made up the numbers. A Hooded Crow pestered a Marsh Harrier out above the lough, it moved past downlight, I followed in the binoculars as it swooped into where the ducks were feeding across the lough.then there was birds everywhere in the air, I lost the Marsh Harrier but these 25 Pintail came into the reed bed closest to the carpark.
Ive been back and forth to these Berry Trees in Ennis for a few weeks while shopping etc without any sighting of a Waxwing, I said to my wife " one last time , thats it then".
I turned into the estate at 16:25 and a single bird flew off the 3rd berry tree into a dark high tree next to it.
I parked up a bit further, I was loosing light.
The lone Waxwing perched still up against the trunk not moving for 15 mins. we watched each other even had a chat..but it wasnt coming down. I went back to the car and I approached slowly, parking near the berry tree..the stunning bird did eventually come back to the berrys..🙋
Waxwings can be very tame in winter, entering towns and gardens in search of food, rowan berries being a particular favourite. They can metabolise alcohol produced in fermenting fruit, but can still become intoxicated, sometimes fatally. Other hazards include predation by birds of prey, infestation by parasites and collisions with cars or windows.
There is only a couple of small flocks of these Greenland white fronted Geese that spend winter in the county and I hope they stay safe out in the fields of a bog.
When ever I come across Geese Ive a fear of them being shot for some-ones dinner table or a stuffed trophy , therefore Ill keep the location secret.