April 27, 2017


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, watching them on Springwatch etc and for years my father and I have always talked about going to see the Avocets one day. 
Today I took an opportunity and went to Tacumshin in Wexford to catch up with 5 Avocets that had been around the lake over the Easter period. 
The birds kept moving around the lake most of the day, during the afternoon I got good views at Forgotten Corner

April 25, 2017

Lahinch beach - Storm Defence

After `The Storms` back in January 2014 which destroyed parts of Lahinch ....
The 2017 Lahinch storm defence is near complete

April 18, 2017

Mistle Thrushes .

 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 success, this recent fledgling was quiet still and camouflaged till food arrived .

April 17, 2017

Grasshopper warbler over Lickeen

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 Ballymacken river, its rich in a variety of birdlife.
Willow Warblers, Groppers , Sedgys, Grey Wagtails, Reed Buntings, Skylarks and Mipits.
(no Cuckoo yet).
Its taken many years to be able to get consistant photos of Grasshopper Warblers, you really only get a week or two before they go quiet and into the Tussock Grass. I may get a chance later this week or toward July as some Males may sing again.

March 28, 2017

Doughmore Beach

I was down the coast looking for surf.
Doughmore beach was showing well on a beautiful spring morning.

Meadow Pipit

Rock Pipits -March, Clahane

At Clahane Rock Pipit numbers were high in March , various types,varieties, moults and ages of these birds can be seen here feeding along the wall, road and high tide mark

March 6, 2017

Whooper Swans of Moanreel

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 up to the road and a few Whooper Swans feeding close to the main road, so myself and the children went to see them.

Siskins from the window

 I awoke to find 4 Siskins on the bird feeders and for a brief moment a Redpoll 
These birds are at the end of their winter in higher ground and food is becoming scarce so they roam seeking out food ending up with other finch flocks on garden feeders

March 1, 2017

Goosanders -Corbally

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 the weir in a safe spot, These birds are very wary and I had no chance at a photo at that distance, but lucky my Canon 600D has a 3x crop on video mode allowing me to get a little footage

Caspain Gull -Limerick City

The Caspain Gull has been seen around the Quays of Limerick City since mid January, favouring O`Calllahan Strand, so while in the city I dropped in and got a few shots.
It comes from the region north of the Black Sea and east to Kazakstan some birds now breed in eastern Germany and Poland, making this is a very rare bird to see in the west.
Splendid looking graceful Gull I thought , Big feet

Iceland Gull , Caspain Gull with Black headed Gull

February 28, 2017

Iceland Gulls - Limerick

A few Iceland Gulls were milling around O`Callahan Strand Limerick City

Caspain Gull, Iceland Gull and Black headed Gulls, O`Callahans strand

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