August 28, 2016

Curlew Sandpipers on the Clare coast

Early morning I headed along the Clare coast in search of migrating shorebirds.
As I past through a quiet Lahinch ,4 Female  Common Dolphins with calfs were showing well and playing in a glassy Lahinch bay ,
` I just woke up to baby Dolphins`.
 Lough Donnel showed 2 Ruff , 30 Dunlin and 30 Black tailed Godwits, but not the bird I was looking for.
At the bottom end of Dugmore beach, Doonbeg a pod of large Bottlenose Dolphins were close to the reef giving fantastic views in the scope.
At Seafield ,Quilty ,a pair of Curlew Sandpipers and a few Dunlin were in the corner near the boats and gave me a chance for some camera practice.



August 25, 2016

Royal Tern - Rinavella Bay , Clare

Late evening bird news said that the Royal Tern (2nd Irish record, 1st for Clare) that is frequenting Beale Strand in Kerry had left the roost and headed across the Shannon to Clare.
I had a hunch that the bird would turn up at Rinevella bay on the reef that Sandwich, Arctic and Common Terns use to roost.
Sure enough at 9:15 this monster of a Tern showed up and did the rounds until 10:50.
I relocated the bird at Carrigaholt bay around 3pm.
To get home and find that my Image Stabilizer was off  and my photos not the best ,,,,,,
Never Mind aye!

August 24, 2016

Lahinch Marsh , The Gull roost

 At this time of year Gulls of all ages are around the coasts,
The sandbanks at the west end of Lahinch Marsh offer a safe place for Gulls and waders to roost up from the busy beach and dog walkers.
While checking out the roost today , 1 juvenile Little Gull, 1 Juvenile Med Gull which was ringed ,10 Lesser Black backed Gulls , 40 Black headed and 15Common Gull and a Little Egret,a Ruff flew over head and a few Curlew were in the area.

Little Gull (juv) a bird that tends to breed far up in Northern Europe through to russia and Asia

Juvenile Mediterranean Gull ringed at Ladys Island Lake in Wexford on the south eastern tip of Ireland this summer. The breeding colony there is the largest in Ireland and expanded to over 70 pairs this year.
 It is the first sighting of any of the juveniles any distance away from Wexford and it is the first sighting of a UK/Irish ringed Med that I have had from the West of Ireland.
Little Egrets are a regular now on the marsh

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