August 20, 2013

Peacocks & Small Heaths -Burren

The habitats of  The Burren .
Within the Calcareous grasslands & fields of Wildflowers , Small Heath ,Meadow Brown & Common Blue Butterflies.
In the small open clearings close to the Hazel scrub Beautiful Peacocks & Speckled Wood Butterflies.


Speckled  Wood
Meadow Brown
Small Heath
Its quite difficult to tell the Small Heaths from the Meadow Browns..but a Small Heath only rests with its wings closed and 90`to the sun.

August 18, 2013

Red Admirals & WallBrowns

Red Admiral

While wandering the Fodry at Loop Head some Butterflys were on show. Red Admirals were weather beaten and there wings were in decay , while the WallBrowns were copulating and in fine condition although very hard to approach.

August 16, 2013

Buff-breasted Sandpipers in the mist.

A few of my children were arriving on the afternoon Ferry at Rosslare from there summer hols in Wales,which is great as I dont mind hanging out at Tacumshin for the day one bit.
A misty windy day..Its hammered rained through-out. I caught up with 3 Buff-breasted Sandpipers, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 6 Ruff,a handful of Water Rail including young and the usual birds that feed and roost on the shores of the lake.
"A day in a misty swamp"..

August 7, 2013

Peacock Butterfly

I keep 1/2 acre of land behind my garden untouched and its alive with bugs,insects,weeds,Wildflowers etc.
Today I had a surprise visitor in a spectacular Peacock butterfly.
It get its name from the Peacock like eyes on the upper hind wings, underneath it has expert camouflage.

Green-veined White Butterfly

The Green-veined White Butterflys are abundant in our gardens ,hedgerows and fields ,they seem very attracted to Purple Loosestrife in my garden.

August 5, 2013

Poulnabrone Dolmen

Let your mind go back in time..Make of it what you wish. Poulnabrone Dolmen is one of the most visited Burren icons on the tourist trail..
Near the car park "Tap Tap"makes Celtic style necklaces,jewelery and artifacts in a traditional manner.

August 1, 2013

Irelands Own and Lickeen Lake

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 article on my local Lough.
Right click on the picture (open new tab)for a larger picture to read.

Ireland’s Own,  a unique Irish magazine for all the family and a wonderful read for anyone, young or old.
It’s full of great stories, puzzle, games and informative articles for all ages.