Thursday, 18 June 2015

100th Post.

I can`t believe this is my 100th post on my blog. I always thought I`d have hit it sooner but life as it is will always throw you a curve ball. My curve ball was my the birth of my first born early last year and the birth of my second born a couple of weeks ago. So with my hands full at home the birding had to take a hit not that I`m complaining.

All is not lost all the same. I have had an hour here or an hour there and with some nice results, such as the next two birds and two nice yearly ticks at that. Thanks to twitter and the eager birders in Ireland you always have a good chance of seeing something rare.

 Recently there was a Male Ring-necked Duck in a man made pond in UCD which is about 40 minutes from me. So I made trip over to see it. To my suprise it seem at home on the lake with a group of Tufted Duck. I watched it swim about for a while and it ducked under to feed on several occasions so all seem fine. However on closer observation its neck look like it was damaged, maybe be it had been attacked or it might of caught it on an overhead cable. In all it was feeding and didn`t seem to be in any difficulty.

Yesterday I got a text to say there was a Great White Egret in Broadmeadows Estuary. I was in work and worried it wouldn`t hang around given the foot traffic and dog walkers in Broadmeadows. So when I finished work I headed home got the gear and headed straight for there. It`s only 15 minutes away but felt longer. Sure enough the bird was still there and give excellent but distant views. I gave it an hour before I had to head home. I would nearly guess this is the bird that was on view up in Northeren Ireland for the last week or so. Still 2 cracking birds in the last couple of weeks, just enough to sooth hunger of birding for me. For a while anyways.

Monday, 30 March 2015


When I was in Rogerstown the other day I spent some time looking for other birds that maybe around. I remembered from last winter that it is a pretty good spot for Yellowhammers (Buíóg in Irish) so I went for a look and sure enough I found 10 birds, mixed males and females. The reason I reckon its a good spot is down to crops and horses in the area. They love to feed on the rolled oats that the horses get to supplement them through the winter months. I also came across a few Tree Sparrows, these little birds are now not so common in Ireland with Clare and Dublin been the only 2 counties I have had them in. So it was nice to get them on my year list for 2015.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Rogerstown Lesser Yellowlegs

There is a lesser Yellowlegs knocking about Rogerstown in Co Dublin since last September 2014. So I eventually made it up there to get to see this bird. It is my second Lesser Yellowlegs in Dublin over the last 3 years and only my second Lesser Yellowlegs ever. So to have it give good but distant views for 2 hours was great. So I managed a few distant shots for this blog.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Back Birding

I was out in Howth recently and managed to get a few shots off of a couple of the usual regulars as well as some winter visitors.

      Female Stonechat

 Male Stonechat

  Black Guillimot

 Purple Sandpipers

        Female and Male Wigeon in Flight

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Another blow to the Irish White-tailed Eagle re-introduction

Last year there was a great buzz about the place as a pair of WTE  had successfully breed on Lough Derg on the Tipperary/Clare border. And given the fact the female bird abandoned the nest after the chicks hatched, the male did a great job of raring the young birds on his own. When both chick fledged it was amazing, the first wild White-tailed Eagles in over a hundred years were now ready to explore this little island of ours. But like many of the captive birds released during this re-introduction their path was paved with peril and danger. This comes for a small group of ignorant and thick idiots who believe these birds will kill all their lambs and sheep. So it come as no surprise to me that one of the chicks was found dead today. It was shot and left to die a cold and lonely death as the bird was badly injured but not killed out right by the person/s who shot it. I have attached a link to the story that broke on RTE News today.  Please have a read and voice your concerns to our Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan. The culprit must be caught and punished to the full extent of the law if the rest of these birds are to have any hope of been safe in our skies.

One of the Kerry birds I had not so long ago.