September 25, 2012

Strange Herring gull

While at Clahane a Herring gull was standing out from the rest, a big yellow tip on a black bill, dark eye shades and very black primary feathers.
The change into adulthood i believe
Photo it a Good looking oddbod

September 23, 2012

Riverside Ennis

While in town....A quick look over the river wall in Ennis town gave me a surprise 5 Canada Geese. The geese were feeding on the aquatic grasses that grow along the river bed,shared with the local ducks and of coarse our ever friendly Pigeons that patrol the riverside walls and paths.

September 18, 2012

In flight Osprey

The Osprey has now been at Lahinch marsh for 19 days. The bird seems to be comfortable here ,Its a quiet stretch of river and marsh with lots of Mullet and high posts. Hopefully the marsh has given this juvenile bird a good start.
My three year old girl also came today to see...Fantastic

September 15, 2012

Lesser Black backed Gulls

A good looking adult Lesser Black backed Gull and a juvenile

Great Cormorant

All along our coasts and shorelines of loughs and lakes Cormorants can be seen , a very successful species of bird with ancestors dating back to the time of the dinosaurs.
 Certainly Liscannor bay is holding a very healthy population at the moment.

September 4, 2012

Buff breasted sandpiper and a pool of birds

After a spot of seawatching at the Bridges off Ross, the sun was out so a walk along the headland to see if i could find a Buff breasted Sandpiper that was seen a day or two earlier.
At the tip of Ross bay, a pool in a field was attracting several juvenile birds including Dunlin , Golden Plover, Ringed Plover, Curlew, Starlings and close by was the Buff breasted Sandpiper looking for Crane fly in the grass. Wheatear seemed to be everywhere , i saw at least 20

Buff breasted sandpiper looking for Crane fly
Buff breasted sandpiper and Ringed Plover

September 2, 2012

Osprey 3rd day present

The Osprey was again present at Lahinch marsh for the 3rd day.
With this bird only 5 minutes from home, an early visit to beat the dog walkers was important
The sun came out for 2 minutes and after crawling 400m through wet dune grass the bird showed well on the posts for me for 2 hours.What a start to the day, ill now have to be happy with that

September 1, 2012

Osprey hunting time

A return in the morning to Lahinch marsh with hope of catching up with the Osprey again . After a short wait around the Osprey made an entrance and was hunting for fish.The bird gave good views from distance.
To watch an Osprey fish is one of those wildlife spectacles one hopes to see in a lifetime.