In Gaelic Corra-gheal-bheag, In welsh Creyr bach .
Back in times before the 16th century when these languages were spoken as first languages The Little Egret would have been a bird fit for table banquet ,between 16-20th century the birds disappeared in GB and Ireland, hunted for food and feather Plumes for hat fashion .
After seen as an Exotic bird of the Meditereanean and Europe.
In 2002 a pair nested in Wales not far from where i lived . they were the first in a rapid increase of Little Egret to over 750 pairs in 2008. In 1997 a pair bred in Cork and now they breed in most Irish counties
June 20, 2013
I had the pleasure of a few close encounters with Cuckoos over Doonagore in the past week, They keep one step ahead of you and are very quick to move off at human sighting.They are jumpy birds, always being harassed by local birds protecting there territory .....No Rest for the Wicked!
June 15, 2013
June 11, 2013
|Banded Demoiselle (female)|
June 8, 2013
5:00 am in the morning I started of on my walk around the Tacumshin lake. I only got 100m into it when the Dotterel that I had seen the day before ran across my path.
She was certainly busy this morning feeding and calling. While waited for the sun to come up a bit I carried on walking to check out the flock of waders over the East end...
June 7, 2013
While visiting Wexford for a few days birding and family camping time, I got a text from Killian Mullarney that a Stunning female Dotterel had showed up near East end Tacumshin.
While looking for the bird I nearly stepped on it, it flew off. We located the bird again sitting tight.I took advantage of this fact and the Dotterel let me approach within 3ft. This time she never flew and got some fantastic photo`s and moved away , Stoked as can be,a wonderful experience and possibly a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of seeing 7 of these birds in Tacumshin, Wexford, Ireland.
`Follow our dreams young man.`
June 4, 2013
My family and I were out on The Burren near Carron on one of our nature treks We were watching Black tailed Skimmers copulating in the air...
Shes only the 1 chick left , the Magpies give her a torrid time in the woodland below my home, but every year they seem to have some succ...
Its become an annual thing to head over the hill in April to Lickeen Lake to search for Grasshopper Warblers, I visit the area along the Ba...
I was down the coast looking for surf. Doughmore beach was showing well on a beautiful spring morning. stonechat Meadow...
My blog and I was mentioned in the June addition of Irelands Own . Thanks go out to Sean Nolan the Editor for the credits and a nice art...
Something different on Lahinch beach today. Velella is a genus of free-floating Hydrozoans that lives on the surface of the op...
I dropped in here a few weeks back and never got to see the Goosanders at the Weir. Yesterday 2 birds out of 3 were on the Shannon above th...
A patient Grey Heron perched on a rock at Nimmo pier,Galway..approachable city bird
A small flock of Whooper Swans that feed along the Inagh river system fields near Moanreel every winter. After a week of rain the water is ...