December 27, 2014
November 26, 2014
After a wave drought throughout the summer, a feast has been on offer right through the month of november.
Consistant west swells and south to east winds have produced a full month of glorious waves on the west coast and it aint over yet.
Here are just a few photos from Lahinch
November 20, 2014
November 12, 2014
November 3, 2014
The old West Clare Railway, part museum, part train yard built around the The triangular platform of Moyasta junction
The creek joins onto Poulnasherry bay under the bridge.
Over this week I have had a few visits to Moyasta ,mainly to get views of the Lesser Yellowlegs that was found late the weekend before.
|The west clare railyway|
The weather forcast of quite a stiff south winds and showers was never truer.
Over next the following days birders came and didnt see it,some said the bird was tame and approachable with some nice photos to be got.
I so wanted a photo or two that I headed back down , the Yellowlegs was still present on the far bank , but high water and rain storms ended the day.
October 26, 2014
October 15, 2014
October 14, 2014
|The tide was dropping from high ,and the exposed shoreline was being exploited by the small waders. One Little Stint was feeding with the Dunlin and Sanderling.|
They were to busy to take much interest in me.
|Sanderling vs Dunlin|
|Sanderling vs Dunlin|
October 10, 2014
On arrival in Kilbaha village a bunch of Chiffchaffs and a Willow warbler were feeding and singing in the gardens.
I made my way to the headland where 6 Barnacle Geese past over, and a Brambling has seen and chased off by the Pipits
The usual gathering of Robins and Pipits scattered the headland , There were plenty of Choughs about and the Raven as usual harassed the peregrine.
Back down to the harbour a Brambling was with Chaffinchs in the trees above The Pandas Cottage
October 4, 2014
I had spent a few hours searching parts of Loop Head for the Dotterel that was found earlier on in the day, which I found(with help from a Raven)at 6:45 with 43 Golden Plover.
After a heavy shower and the daylight running out I was leaving the lighthouse area of Loop Head.
I drove off slowly with hope of seeing a Merlin or something.
7pm a pipit sized bird flew in of the sea, across in front of the car and hit the bank on my right. The bird flew low and direct down the road for some 20 metres landing on the grass to the left... I knew it wasnt a Mipit,slightly to large ,no tail slides and a different flight.
What is it?... quick look through the bins ,,It has a smooth Oliveish back no streaks.
What is it?...I knew I was on to something , thought I had an Olive backed Pipit.
I snatched around for the camera ..opened the ISO to 3200 because of the lack of light ..I had to get some sort of ID shot.
The bird flew into a thicket just of the road. I got out of the car ,searched but no luck.
What was that?
Later on this evening after the help of JM & KM , it was confirmed as a rare Swainsons Thrush. A North American species, a 5th Irish record and a 1st for the county.
In the words of Eminem
Look if you had one shot ,one opportunity
To seize everything you ever in one wantdone moment
Would you capture it or let it slip?
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
Opportunity comes once in a lifetime.
September 29, 2014
September 28, 2014
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