February 15, 2011

Greenshank at Clahane

With a big swell at high tide , the birds were pushed up toward the road. Redshank, Greenshank and Pipits were in number in the rain

February 13, 2011

Purple sand in the seaweed

The build up of seaweed at seafield ,Quilty is a huge attraction to a variety of birds , Dunlin ,Purple sandpipers, Gulls,Rooks ,Turnstone and Wagtails forage the insect rich seaweed muck. Shags, Cormorants and Divers
feed just offshore

February 8, 2011

Whooper Swans in flood

A small number of Whooper Swan paddle the flooded field near lough Cullaun , later up the road i spotted a Hen Harrier scouring the flooded read beds
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Starling roost

A large roost of Starling in the center of Corrofin
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February 7, 2011

Skylark and Rock dove Clahane

Skylarks & Rock doves  forage for food in the small dry patches of the flooded fields of Clahane

February 5, 2011

Merlin at Clahane

A Merlin was out hunting Rock pipit and Starling at Clahane this morning in the rain.
After wizzing past me on the rocks i didnt expect it to be perched on a roof top  further down the road. I drove past got out and crept up around the house....Boo..GOTTCHA

February 2, 2011

Fulmar storm

How many times and in many ways ive seen this scene.. No bird can handle a storm with ease quite like the Fulmar, Grace under pressure

White winged gulls are in with the storm

Iceland gull

Glaucous gull

A big westerly storm has built up numbers of Gull on the coast.
Here a Iceland Gull and a Glaucous Gull cruise around Clahane in 50 mph wind , joining hundreds of Herring ,Common and Black headed gull for fine dining on seaweed insects washed into the sea by the waves