March 3, 2021

The country feeling and Rog`s Bomb

Its another beautiful day, its quiet about out in the country and there is a nice feeling of space.
 Its Low tide head height and there is a fresh pulse into the 18 second period due on the turn of tide.
A handful of Surfers change shift and Rog grabs a Bomb set after low tide 










 

Community waves in times like these

  Beautiful winter swells keep rolling into Lahinch.  Glassy sets

In times like these -to surfers- its like a heartbeat- the believe in our sport to keep us healthy, fit, challenged and alive.

Every day possible Surfers of Lahinch community arrive early by themselves to get out in the glassy conditions.

2 hours of surfing at this time of year could even have you back home lockeddown by 9am....wondering if theres an afternoon session to get 









February 22, 2021

Storm Surfers Lahinch

 Come late February Storms have formed out in the Atlantic Ocean..  Strong offshore winds from the East maybe cold..  for some.

 The going gets tough . Let the battle commence

 Storm Surfers thrive in elements of minus temperatures ,strong winds and big sets.

 Conditions that would be unthinkable to many surfers around the world from the warm climates, yet tomorrow they`ll go again

 Here in Ireland it plays a big part within the surfing culture...Oh to ride the Storms.










February 17, 2021

White tailed Eagle - Drumcliffe

On my way home from town , My wife and I passed by Ballyalia and Drumcliffe just to see a few ducks etc and you never know there is a chance of a WTE.

Sure enough a WTE was perched on a post Drumcliffe end over looking the flock of Wigeon, it made a short flight over to a field wall were it searched the ground for Carrion.

Above all my Mrs got some good views and was well happy to see an Eagle.

Turns out that this is a young bird that was released at Lough Derg in 2020










February 16, 2021

The West Swells of February 2021

 2020 was a poor year for swell.

But starting through January Low pressures were shaping the Atlantic storms 

One of the best west swells in over a decade married with offshore winds charged into our coast at 5m and 16 secs. Minus air temperatures and a full depth of winter does not worn of hardy surfers,,,, they were waiting!

The Lahinch reefs were amazing and due to Lockdown waves were shared between local surfers who were just buzzing for the month











January 18, 2021

PIne Marten at Home

 Since discovering that we had a Pine Marten visiting our garden this winter I was overjoyed..

A lockdown project for myself, similar to the Owls back in spring.

 I have been putting out some chopped Apples, Rasberry Jam & Peanut butter  (It does like Cinnamon Bagels) and setting up the Trail Camera at different locations hoping for a good angle.

 You can only try to film Rare Wild Animals at night.

But if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need!






January 6, 2021

Peregrine feeding on a post

 I was slowly driving a road looking across trenched fields for the 7 Pink footed Geese as this Peregrine Falcon came into my view 100 yards off, perched up on a post eating what I think to be a Redwing.

For a short time it was hassled by a pair of Chough and a Stonechat as the Geese showed in the back ground.

 I kept the photos to long range and from the car as not to disturb breakfast on this cold morning