December 29, 2017

Forest Redpolls

Coming through the Pine forest near Willowbrook I edged up upon 5 Redpoll that were feeding on Grass seeds in the open dry areas.
Always a bird I see in barren places

December 28, 2017

Little Grebe

The Little Grebe is a common bird in County Clare, found on most Loughs and ponds, sometimes in their 100s.
This little fella was at the small pond near Drumcliffe cemetery,

December 22, 2017

Lahinch Misty morning

In the morning during  a surf check , we left Doolin to a clear sky , as we passed `over the hill` back to Lahinch the area was under a a thick moving mist.
The photo light was challenging in the white atmosphere

Lahinch bay
ennistymon mast

December 18, 2017

A weathered birdwatch through the lowlands

Pure miserable weather in the morning took us away from Drumcliffe ,where plenty of  Black tailed Godwits, Lapwing, Shoveler, Wigeon & Teal were in the flooded field...we headed for the Corofin loughs
The best of birdlife was the 120 Whooper Swans wintering in their usual  flooded fields near Lough Cullen, plenty of Fieldfare and Redwing like this area also. 16 Greylag Geese came down in the fields near Muchanagh
We also spent a short while in the horse field at Roo lough looking for the car keys 👀

 We got all the way to the Martello Tower on Auganish island North Clare, the weather cleared somewhat and a cold wind was now coming off the sea
 5 Male Long tailed Duck along with 4 Black throated Divers, 2Black Guillemots and Red breasted Merganzers were in the deep water off the causway.
A  hardy 50 strong Greenfinch flock were on the coast at the Tower.
12 Grey Plover, Oystercatchers and Dunlin were on the shores of the pool

December 9, 2017

Shaws Wood

A special little woodland in the heart of Gowerton, Swansea and just down the road from my fathers home
Great spotted Woodpecker , Nuthatch hang out high within the branches while Marsh/Willow Tit move with Great & Blue Tits through the shrubbery, the place is hopping with local wildlife.

Along the Salt marsh

Back in Wales visiting.
A morning drive along Wenffrdd salt marsh gave us Great white Egret. Green Sandpiper, Merlin, Little Egrets and plenty more.
The tide was a mega low and could not even be seen on this flat open Marsh land. Not the place for close photos, but the viewing is always really good.