May 30, 2013

Bridled Guillemot



While hanging over the edge of the tip of Loop Head I spotted a Guillemot of the bridled variety, showing a a bright white eye ring and thin white line extending from the eye, this case of diamorphism increases in colonies northwards

Loop Head in Pink and Seabirds galore



Guillemot


Razorbill

Loop Head was thick in Sea Thrift ,the pink flower covered the headland.
 Thousands of Guillemot and Razorbill fill the ocean and cliffs.
what a place !

May 27, 2013

The Burren in May

 Orchid?
Burren Rock

Burren Landscape
Spring Gentian
Mountain Aven

May 22, 2013

Sea Thrift




Sea Thrift or Sea Pink grows on the  dry sandy area along the wild coasts of the Northern Hemisphere.
They certainly brighten up the Irish coastlines.

Bullfinchs







This pair of Bullfinches have been frequenting my garden , picking the seeds from the Dandelions.

May 15, 2013

The last of the Great northern Divers



Most Great northern Divers have left Lahinch bay for their nesting grounds,this bird still in winter plumage stocks himself up with Crab close to Liscannor Harbour.
 Also a lone Brent Goose was still in the bay

May 7, 2013

The rocks walls of Inisheer

The Aran island of Inisheer  is a barren rocky place . You walk the island in a maze of  old walls .Within the walls are small fields where wild flowers grow, the small meadows host the song of Skylarks,Blackbirds,Meadow Pipits and Wrens, the walls are used by Wheatear,Robin,Stonechat and the Hooded Crows.
Whimbrels whistle along the coasts on there May visit.... Walk On

The track to Inis Oirr Lighthouse
Skylarks


Hooded Crow
Whimbrel
The wreck

 There ain`t no better way than winding down the day than a pint of Stout  in an Aran island pub..just look at that photo of the pints and tell me you would`nt...... ahh go on.

May 6, 2013

Cliff Walk


Its been a short while since I last took a walk along the Cliffs of Moher. This evening was a warm evening so my father,my two eldest daughters and I decided to try the new path from the Doolin end.


At the start of the walk we saw Black Guillemots, Kestrel, Wheatears and the usual Gulls, a good view of Doonagore castle,Slieve Elva and the Burren gateway to the North East.




We sat at the start of the Cliffs and did some birdwatching , The Fulmars were gliding around the cliff faces and  we got to see some Puffins on the sea.








A Cracking evening, and the new walking path has got my thumbs up.

May 1, 2013

Goldcrest






Ive always found Goldcrests hard to photograph. These tiny birds are usualy high up in the shades of  a spruce tree , but this fella came down to check me out, quite a bold little individual.

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