February 28, 2016

Lahinch Marsh. The unknown

Due to inaccessibility Lahinch salt marsh is a unknown to many local people. 
An untouched wildlife refuge,stretching from Lahinch rivermouth all the way up to the Cascades in Ennistymon
Over the years Ive seen Osprey ,Glossy Ibis ,Hen Harriers, Peregrine Falcons, Otters, Kingfishers, Goosanders and various Geese just to mention a few.
 Waders, Terns & Gulls roost on the open sandbanks above the rivermouth , while all the way up the marsh Cormorants and Little Egrets roosts in the wood that overhangs the river.
The marsh is subject to good flooding which fertilizes grass patches,wild flowers such as  Bee Orchids, Pyramidal Orchids, Yellow Rattle and Eye Bright flourish.






February 24, 2016

Green Sandpiper - Ennistymon

During the winter floods a Green Sandpiper has frequented a pool in a field alongside the main road into Ennistymon.
Ive seen the bird on various days as im doing the school run.
Today the sun was out and the traffic wasnt busy.
I managed a couple of shots out of the car window.




February 16, 2016

The Rivermouth Bank

A very decent swell was entering Lahinch bay.
I got an early surf at Cregg and my day was done, later on I left the house for a short coast drive.
A very rare sandbank out from the rivermouth was producing top quality rights with just a few lucky surfers out.
This wave may never be seen again.



Jeff (me) at Cregg in the morning

February 7, 2016

Chaffinch

When the weather is agaist you and time is not on your side , its nice to practice a few photographs in the garden.
To me the male Chaffinch is our most colourful and obliging bird




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