December 6, 2016

Red throated Diver - Lahinch beach

Taking a stroll along Lahinch prom with the baby in the push chair at high tide when we stopped to watch a Red throated Diver as it came in close to chase small bait fish.
A grey and white bird on a grey and white background with a grey and white sky was never a prospect of good photography , but a nice sighting to say the least.








December 2, 2016

Twites still at Clahane

The joys of Clahane, as you walk along the sea road Rock Pipits and Pied Wagtails feed on the road and wall to the West on the beach and reefs shorebirds such as Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Redshanks, Divers  and Gulls  - to the East stoney semi flooded fields contain Skylarks, Curlew, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Stonechat and if you are lucky a Twite or 4




Dunlin

A  Dunlin shifts through the seaweed on the high tide line at Clahane.



A reef at Peace


A reef at peace. Cold east winds and a step into winter . The people have gone.
A west swell enjoys making perfect shapes and throwing perfect tubes on an offfshore island.

November 27, 2016

Bonaparte`s Gull - Clonahinchy


I came across a Bonaparte`s Gull on the small patch of beach at Clonahinchy with a rising tide that was close to the stones , the bird was not easy to approach as is wary and flighty. Not long after clocking me it went up ,south toward Lough Donnell
When we observed this bird last back in October we decided it was in late moult and losing a lot of primary feathers,this bird today is missing P 3&4 and still has a bit of moult on the nape and forehead suggesting it is the same bird that has been seen since september.






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