August 29, 2010

Lapland buntings

Walking along the coast at the Bridges of ross...A small note of a song not familiar to me.." where is it" ...." got ya" .
Four Lapland bunting feeding feeding on seeds from the grasses that grow on the high reef, a good august record.

August 27, 2010

Glossy ibis at the Lagoon

A glossy ibis feeding at Shannon airport lagoon , staying mostly close within the reeds .
last time i saw one of these was Darwin dump in the northern territory.
Thousands of Black tailed godwits roost up at the lagoon, with Ruff , Little egret , Knot ,Redshank & a Spoonbill
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Sedge Warbler study

While at Shannon airport lagoon , i met Phillip Brennon of the BTO as he was ringing Sedge warblers
Some things can make a day, specialy when you least expect it.
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August 24, 2010

Wood sandpiper - take 2

One bird , One man , One bog , One camera....
A game of cat & mouse between us , but with a bit of patience the cat got the cream ,
A wood sandpiper enjoying the afternoon sun at Ennis attuation pond

August 23, 2010

Wood sandpipers

A pair of Wood sandpipers at Ennis attuation pond , visable from the side of Ennis bypass.. good call!
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August 22, 2010

Bridges of Ross

A beautiful day at the Bridges of Ross , not what you want!
Slow on the birds but the quality was high , in the pic is a Pomarine skua , local Clare birders & some wonderful scenery
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August 16, 2010

Buff breasted sandpiper ,Lough donell

Buff breasted sandpiper with Dunlin
Lough donell on a monday morning containing one Buff breasted sandpiper two Ruff and over 50 Snipe, nice to see a vagrant from the americas early in the season , a hard bird to see ,blends in well with the soroundings ,aggresive towards the Snipe

August 14, 2010

Knot at Liscannor

While giving a surf lesson yesterday i had a fly by some sort of sandpiper.
today i came across this one Knot ant the top of the beach.. id say this was it.
Juvenile Knot
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Liscannor morning birdwatch

Liscannor harbour at first light on a overcast still morning , Kittiwake mix it up with the gulls , while small flocks of Greenshank shift about the rocks , Arctic terns teach the young how to feed in the bay, preparing for the journey ahead.
Ive the feeling its `Birding season`

Liscannor reefs

Ringed plover with young gather in there 20`s and 30`s, joined by Dunlin at the reefs of Liscannor , things are just lifening up.
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August 13, 2010

Arctic tern roost at a Liscannor shoreline

Arctic terns ,adults and Juveniles both with ringed legs , roosting alongside sandwitch terns,common gull & black headed gull on the shoreline aroung Liscannor harbour

August 7, 2010

Flaggy-shoreline Waders

High tide Flaggyshore , a small few Sanderling & Dunlin make haste in the only piece of sand available
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