September 29, 2011
September 27, 2011
In winter, this bird migrates to Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts.
Will it colonise Ireland?
September 26, 2011
When feeding, a Grey Phalarope will often swim in a small, rapid circle, forming a small whirlpool. This behaviour is thought to aid feeding by raising food from the bottom of shallow water, plucking small insects or crustaceans caught up therein. They sometimes fly up to catch insects in flight. On the open ocean, they are found in areas where converging ocean currents produce upwellings and are often found near groups of whales
September 24, 2011
September 22, 2011
The bird shared the field with 150 Meadow Pipits , 7 Wheater , bags of Pied wagtails,
Just what were the other 3 small waders that flushed????
September 20, 2011
At Clahane Curlew Sandpipers are joining small flocks of Turnstone and Dunlin to feed. Curlews rest on the shelter of the reef.
September 15, 2011
September 14, 2011
September 13, 2011
The Storm winds blow.
Other Open Ocean Birds where also present off Liscannor today ,Storm Petrel , Plenty of Arctic Terns ,and a juvenile Arctic Skua
And a Manx Shearwater was released after being blown inland to Crusheen.
The storm has blown seabirds everywhere. 3 Sabines Gulls came to feed and shelter around the Harbour at Liscannor .We had good views of these Gulls of the Open Ocean as they make their way to southern waters.
Its nice when your local area can produce wildlife suprises like this!
September 11, 2011
September 10, 2011
Came across this Fulmar on the reef , thought id check it out to see that it was not caught up in fishing line.Anyhow i think the bird was exhausted and placed it in shelter on the reef.
Thats the last time ill ever handle a Fulmar because now i have a smell on my hands that is so potent.
Is this why they are called Petrels? because i stink of a mixture of petrol and sardines.