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
The symbol of RSPB Looking at the pictures in an Observer's book of birds in the 70`s, I grew up drawing the black & white bird...
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...
Traveling around from Doolin to Lahinch with an hour to spare. I took the short walk to Aile na Sharragh on the Cliffs of Moher. Possib...
A family of Ravens were busying themselves at Aile na Sharragh / Cliffs of Moher, The parents were giving loud flying lessons. As usual ...
A few miles from home ,Driving through the forestry in Willowbrook A distance up the road in a blink of an eye : I thought I saw a Stoat s...
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...
I was on an old back road, on my way over to Doolin from Ennistymon. There was`nt a cloud in the sky and the countryside was alive with bi...
Something different on Lahinch beach today. Velella is a genus of free-floating Hydrozoans that lives on the surface of the op...
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...