June 18, 2017

Fathers Day Flowers on the Burren

After work , the sun was scorching so my Little ones and myself took a Fathers day walk through the trails near Mullagmore on the Burren
We got to see Goats , Bee Orchids , Fly Orchids and many more






June 13, 2017

Stoat on the verge

Driving back along the South Lickeen road, a Stoat was busy on the verge of the road 
I slowed down only for the little animal to threaten the car , I was rolling back with the window down shouting to shoosh it off the road , but it was close to the car wheel, it scurried off, back to the verge.
I then realised that my camera battery was flat. I chanced it..1bar flashing. I got out of the car walked up to the Stoat that was eating a frog and it was not threatened about me one bit, I sat next to the Stoat as it devoured the frog while I got a few photos in before the battery died
I then managed to persuade the animal off the road edge from verge of death with its meal.











May 29, 2017

Sunny spring surf

The sun was out and there was a hint of direction with small swell
A day off work planned to meet up and go surfing with Jonny & Pipa , great friends from Wales who are coastline enthusiasts and regular visitors 
We arrived early not sure if this swell would last.



In between sets the sea was calm and clear down to the kelp 
A real  Aquarium full of diverse species of Jellyfish.
  The backdrop and scenery second to none
 We Surfed for about maybe 5 hours, sharing waves with other local surfers and friends.
Enjoying the day. 




May 23, 2017

Red Squirrel Road sprint

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 stand up and leap into the verge (but could have been this Squirrel). I slowed down and reached for the binoculars, window down, as a Red Squirrel came sprinting out of the grass verge, (grab camera) down the road and straight to the car ..a truck and a car were now pulled up behind me as I blocked the road and the Squirrel crossed the road and headed into the wood.
It all happens so fast.!







May 16, 2017

An hour on the Cliffs ledge

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.
Possibly my favorite place to spend an hour doing nothing....but watching wildlife through my scope and views through my camera.





Ravens of Moher

A family of Ravens were busying themselves at Aile na Sharragh / Cliffs of Moher, The parents were giving loud flying lessons.
 As usual at the cliffs, birdwatching can be at a good distance with poor light, so you try to wait for a flybye to get a chance of a photo.





May 8, 2017

Songs of a Sunny morning on a old road

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 birdsong. Cuckoo`s were abundant  (I got to see 8 in total , all at distance) , as were Grasshopper Warblers, Willow Warblers, SkyLarks, Mipits, Blackbirds,Pheasant and many more.
Cuckoo



grasshopper warbler
Willow warbler



April 27, 2017

Avocet

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
http://www.alifeattheshoreline.com/2014/01/lahinch-bay-destruction.html
 http://www.alifeattheshoreline.com/2014/01/lahinch-high-tide-storm-surge.html




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 .







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