September 19, 2018

September morning on the Loop

A typical morning on The Loop.
The lighthouse carpark was a bit busy for me  so I came back 
1\2 mile and walked the fields around The west bank, the usual Stonechats on the field borders, a few Skylark ,plenty of Meadow Pipits , a small flock of 12 Snipe flew over.
The Choughs were entertaining, They boss the fields.



Back at the Gardens in Kilbaha was very quiet for small birds, a good few Blue Tits, Robins and Wrens were the song while Swallows were active feeding along the road.
Red Admiral Butterflys were around Blackberrys
A Curlew and 7 Teal were on the Pond with a Grey Heron and those horrible funky Mallards




September 13, 2018

The Bishops Curlew

It happened to be a mega low tide while I was in Ballyvaughan and even though birdlife was busy, it was mainly Gulls on show, not many small waders to be seen.
I went to Bishops quarter beach and caught up with the returning  Albino Curlew that habits the shore here (I think about 8 years now...must find out).
This season it seems to have a few marks , certainly on the left wing where it seems to have a normal coloured Curlew feather, a spot on the right wing and a bit of wear on the breast, maybe due to moult I wouldnt know.
For me its still a striking bird and brightens any dull day.









September 7, 2018

Juvenile Lesser black backed Gull

I was birdwatching at Liscannor Harbour watching a dark Gull some distance out on the sea, the light wasnt the best ,but the bird was busy harassing Herring gulls.
After a while the Gull flew passed the harbour and down toward the reef to where other Gulls were feeding on the high tide.
I felt compelled to not give up and headed over to get better views of what turned out to be a dark juvenile Lesser black backed Gull






August 27, 2018

Playful Juvenile Shags

At the mouth of Ballyvaughan harbour over a 100 juvenile Shags were hanging out and they seemed to be in a playful mood giving great views






August 16, 2018

Morning of Manx and Skua from The Bridges of Ross

An endless stream of Manx Shearwaters really, would some up this mornings seawatch at The Bridges of Ross.
A few dozen Sooty Shearwater , 3 Great Shearwater, 3 Pomarine Skua , 5 Bonxies and 1 Arctic Skua were the best of it for myself.












August 1, 2018

Stormys follow the boat along The Rhine

It was wet and windy from the south, It felt like Autumn.
I was in Ballyvaughan with not much on, I put the weather gear on and headed out to The Rhine.
I watched the Gulls following the Crab Boat from my bit of shelter.
I picked up a Storm Petrel that was following the brown rip current between the island and the boat, It soon joined in on the activity and I got a count of 4.








Whitethroat



July 28, 2018

Juvenile Med Gull

This juvenile med Gull has been around Clahane for over 10 days now.
Still mixing it up on the reef with Black headed Gulls, making chick like mewing calls for food.