Monday, March 12, 2018

Otter on the Slaney

This Otter was actively feed along the banks of the River Slaney last week south of Enniscorthy Town. in Wexford.

Dog Otter John N Murphy

Friday, March 2, 2018

Iceland Gull & Eel

This 2CY Iceland Gull was at the Community Hall at Lady's Island Lake on Thursday.  It managed to dig this Eel out of the muddy sand where it struggled for some time to wolf it down.  The Eel gave a good fight, but the gull was far too powerful and eventually gulp him down.  Nice tasty meal.

Iceland Gull eating Eel John N Murphy

Black-tailed Godwits scrap

When I was in Wexford on Thursday I visited Lady's Island on my way home where Black-tailed Godwits were very busy feeding in the frozen muds of the lake edges.  As you can see from the pictures below, many of the birds were not too happy to be sharing feeding areas with their neighbours, as the battle for food was intense due to freezing conditions.
 Black-tailed Godwits at Lady's Island John N Murphy

Berthelot's Pipits

Here are a few shots of Berthelot's Pipits from my recent trip to Lanzarote.
Berthelot's Pipits, Lanzarote John N Murphy

Carrion Crow

We don't get too many Carrion Crows on this side of the Irish Sea, but when they do turn up we get a bit excited.  Here are a few shots of a bird that I had at Rosslare back strand in Wexford during the week, before the Beast from the East snowed us all into our homes.
Carrion Crow, Rosslare John N Murphy

Monday, February 26, 2018

Red Kite

I only manage to see Red Kite twice a year, and most of those sightings are along the motorway between Dublin and Wexford.  This morning while travelling the road between Rathdrum and Avoca, through the Vale of Avoca in Wicklow, I counted 12 individuals.  The majority were wearing wing tags as you can see from these shots, but one bird in Avoca village had clear wings and no tags.
Red Kites, Wicklow John N Murphy