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.