Two of four Dotterels at Reenroe, Ballinskelligs Bay, 29th April 2013 (Pat McDaid).
Sunday, 28 April 2013
Thursday, 25 April 2013
One of the four Dotterel at Reenroe, Ballinskelligs Bay, 24th April 2013 (Seamus Enright).
The four birds at Reenore are the first spring records in Co. Kerry since the extraordinary series of sightings from Slieve Mish in 1948. A flock of 25 birds was first seen on 14th March 1948 and when observers returned on 26th March (including Frank King and Major R.F.Ruttledge), they found two flocks of 20 and 30 birds.
Since then, five of the six other records were all of single birds in autumn, the exception being two together on the summit of Brandon Mountain in October 2009.
(with thanks to Ed Carty).
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Dotterels, Reenroe Beach, Ballinskelligs, 24th April 2013 (David O'Connor).
First-year male Surf Scoter, Rossbehy, 24th April 2013 (David O'Connor). Presumably the same bird as seen previously at Ballinskelligs throughout most of the winter.
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Friday, 19 April 2013
Iceland Gull, Ballyheige, 18th April 2013 (D. O'Connor).
'Intermedius' Lesser Black backed Gull, Ballyheige, 18th April 2013 (D.O'Connor).
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Friday, 5 April 2013
Wednesday, 3 April 2013
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
Monday, 1 April 2013
Colin, with a Barn Owl chick, during filming in June of last year, at a Duhallow nest site (M.O'Clery).
Here's one for the diary – Tuesday 2nd April 2013, on RTE 1 television at 7pm – Wildlife documentary maker, Colin Stafford-Johnson, hosts a half hour long documentary on Barn Owls. Most of the filming was carried out in Duhallow and Kerry in summer 2012. The team followed John Lusby, Michael O'Clery and Brin McDonald as they carried out research and fieldwork during the Duhallow Raptor Conservation Project, and features some amazing footage of Barn Owl nests at two derelict cottages in Kerry and a tree nest in a family's back garden in Cork.
The crew filming John Lusby at a nest site in Co. Kerry.