May 23, 2017

Red Squirrel Road sprint

A few miles from home ,Driving through the forestry in Willowbrook
A distance up the road in a blink of an eye : I thought I saw a Stoat stand up and leap into the verge (but could have been this Squirrel). I slowed down and reached for the binoculars, window down, as a Red Squirrel came sprinting out of the grass verge, (grab camera) down the road and straight to the car ..a truck and a car were now pulled up behind me as I blocked the road and the Squirrel crossed the road and headed into the wood.
It all happens so fast.!







May 16, 2017

An hour on the Cliffs ledge

Traveling around from Doolin to Lahinch with an hour to spare.
I took the short walk to Aile na Sharragh on the Cliffs of Moher.
Possibly my favorite place to spend an hour doing nothing....but watching wildlife through my scope and views through my camera.





Ravens of Moher

A family of Ravens were busying themselves at Aile na Sharragh / Cliffs of Moher, The parents were giving loud flying lessons.
 As usual at the cliffs, birdwatching can be at a good distance with poor light, so you try to wait for a flybye to get a chance of a photo.





May 8, 2017

Songs of a Sunny morning on a old road

I was on an old back road, on my way over to Doolin from Ennistymon.
There was`nt a cloud in the sky and the countryside was alive with birdsong. Cuckoo`s were abundant  (I got to see 8 in total , all at distance) , as were Grasshopper Warblers, Willow Warblers, SkyLarks, Mipits, Blackbirds,Pheasant and many more.
Cuckoo



grasshopper warbler
Willow warbler



April 27, 2017

Avocet

The symbol of RSPB 
Looking at the pictures in an Observer's book of birds in the 70`s, I  grew up drawing the black & white bird, watching them on Springwatch etc and for years my father and I have always talked about going to see the Avocets one day. 
Today I took an opportunity and went to Tacumshin in Wexford to catch up with 5 Avocets that had been around the lake over the Easter period. 
The birds kept moving around the lake most of the day, during the afternoon I got good views at Forgotten Corner










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