July 8, 2020

Cliffs of Moher Cruise - The Seabirds

Its always good to get out to sea to see birds even in the mist and the1st Puffins of the year to for Myself,
 The Cliffs of Moher cruise gives a great opportunity to see Seabirds close up on the water at the base of the Cliffs.
Guillemots, Razorbills and Puffins are seen close to the boat.












Cliffs of Moher Cruise

I was entering Doolin Harbour to check the surf.
I seen a my old mate Donnie that runs the Ferry service here and went to say Hello as it had been a while. " Got your camera with you?, get on the boat for a Cliff cruise, shes leaving in 5 minutes"
"Ok thanks " ...lets head out to sea in the mist.
There wasnt much swell and the weather was heavy, wet with mist.
 With Covid restrictions on board the Cruise, it was a still a very nice hour with mainly Irish passengers.








July 6, 2020

Pacific Golden Plover - A week on

The Pacific Golden Plover has been around the Killard road end of Doonbeg bay for over a week, still with 3 Dunlin and a pair of Ringed Plover.
The morning was showing a better light with sunny periods as to the wet windy week just passed,so myself and Dave took a 30 minute drive down the coast and were not disappointed with the views that this rare bird allowed us







July 3, 2020

Long eared Owls Part 5 . Off they go!

After last nights visit and observations in Part 4.
I wondered if they moved on through the night.
I pulled up at my usual spot at 10pm to silence, they were gone.
 I drove the road for 1/2 mile until I heard a call from down a field, there they were! I listened from a from a farm gate to all 3 juveniles calling , then one showed.
I followed the Owls by calls for a short time as they kept moving through the fields hedgerows, I knew this was to be the last time Id see/hear them and it felt emotional.
Its a great success story to see these Long eared Owls rear 3 juveniles to flight
`Good Luck`.


July 2, 2020

Long eared Owls. part 4 . Roaming juveniles


Three juvenile Long eared Owls have now left the nest site and are roaming throughout the trees and Shrubs.
One fledged earlier than the other two which are always together seen in the daylight roosting across the road in a in Ash tree.
Later in the evening I returned to a noisy episode of all 3 young feeding,1st flights and screeching, there was no other sound but Owls in the darknessand it was relentless. 
Just another amazing moment.
Over the time Ive learned that my Camera shoots video in the dark better photo






June 30, 2020

Pacific Golden Plover at Doonbeg

Got a call yesterday afternoon from my old mate Geoff Pearson saying he had a Golden Plover type bird at Doonbeg that looks good for a rare and was I about, Nope... I was plumbing a bathroom.
I was out early and headed down the coast, I came to Doonbeg, Murf was on the corner and had the bird across the small mudflat at distance and drizzly poor light, after a small while the bird made its way a bit closer toward the inlet but not for long as it was shy of the Hooded Crows.
Wow a Pacific Golden Plover and a 1st county record, so well done Geoff.
 A very rare bird and vagrant that would normally be found breeding at this time around Alaska to Siberia..











June 27, 2020

Adult Mediterranean Gull at Clahane

An Adult Med Gull brightens up a Dull cloudy onshore day at Clahane.
The Gull was 1st seen roosting alone out on the 1st reef away from the gathering of Great Black backed and Herring Gulls that were pruning in the wind , it made its way toward the 80-100 Herring and Black headed Gulls that were feeding during high tide but never entered crowd always sitting a little further out alone. a Kittiwake was also among the feeding Gulls