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Monday, 16 July 2018

Summering Glaucous Gull

Adult Glaucous Gull, Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, 15th July 2018 (Ed Carty).

This bird has been present in the Blennerville area all summer.

Adult Glaucous Gull, Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, 15th July 2018 (Ed Carty).

Adult Glaucous Gull, Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, 15th July 2018 (Ed Carty).

Friday, 13 July 2018

Maharees Little Terns fledge

Juvenile Little Tern, Maharees, 13th July 2018 (M.O'Clery).

The extraordinary run of good weather this summer in Kerry has meant greater than usual numbers of human visitors to the Maharee islands. Fortunately, this does not seem to have deterred the nesting terns. 6 to 7 pairs of Little Tern were seen to be nesting back in May and early June and today it was a relief to see at least 5-6 fledged juveniles flying about the island, harassing their parents for food.

Juvenile Little Tern, Maharees, 13th July 2018 (M.O'Clery).

Tern chicks, immediately after leaving the nest and for their first few months of life, are smaller than their parents. Not that they are literally smaller in a body sense, rather the tail feathers and particularly the primary feathers don't quite match the true length of adult birds. Short-tailed and blunt-winged. So while adult Little Terns do indeed seem little, their offspring, after fledging, seem tiny.

Arctic Tern, Maharees, 13th July 2018 (M.O'Clery).

The main two Arctic Tern colonies are still at chick stage, with no chicks yet fully fledged. Small numbers of adult Common Terns were also still attending their near-grown chicks. Another week or so and most chicks should be flying.

First-summer Arctic Tern, Maharees, 13th July 2018 (M.O'Clery).

This young bird is not a fledgling from this year, rather this immature bird was hatched last summer, has been to the Southern Hemisphere and back, and is hopefully checking out a new nest site for when it is ready to breed next summer. After going down south and back again.

Black Guillemot, Maharees, 13th July 2018 (M.O'Clery).

Juvenile Common Gull, Maharees, 13th July 2018 (M.O'Clery).

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Photos of Skelligs Black-browed Albatross

Adult Black-browed Albatross, off Skellig Michael, 30th May 2018 (John Murphy).

No.

Words.

Necessary.

Adult Black-browed Albatross, off Skellig Michael, 30th May 2018 (John Murphy).

Adult Black-browed Albatross, off Skellig Michael, 30th May 2018 (John Murphy).

Adult Black-browed Albatross, off Skellig Michael, 30th May 2018 (John Murphy).


Adult Black-browed Albatross, off Skellig Michael, 30th May 2018 (John Murphy).

Adult Black-browed Albatross, off Skellig Michael, 30th May 2018 (John Murphy).

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Glenderry Rose-coloured Starling

Adult Rose-coloured Starling, Glenderry, Kerry, 11th June 2018 (Geoff Hunt).

Another gorgeous Rose-coloured Starling, this one found on the playing grounds of Glenderry National School in North Kerry a few week ago. You'd have to wonder how many more are in the country awaiting discovery?

Monday, 18 June 2018

Tralee goodies

Adult Rose-coloured Starling, Tralee, 18th June 2018 (Ed Carty).

Adult Rose-coloured Starling, Tralee, 18th June 2018 (Ed Carty).

Adult Glaucous Gull, Tralee, 18th June 2018 (Ed Carty).

Hybrid Glaucous x Herring Gull, Tralee, 18th June 2018 (Ed Carty).

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

More Rosey

Rose-coloured Starling, Tralee, 12th June 2018 (Ed Carty).

Rose-coloured Starling, Tralee, 12th June 2018 (Ed Carty).

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Rosey Star of Tralee

Rose-coloured Starling, Tralee, 10th June 2018 (Maurice Hannafin).

Though there was no sign of the Ventry one, the Tralee adult Rose-coloured Starling continued to frequent the suburban garden off Mitchel's Road in Tralee for a fifth day, giving views down to a few feet. A metre or so to any Imperial measure aficionados.

Rose-coloured Starling, Tralee, 10th June 2018 (David O'Connor).

Rose-coloured Starling, Tralee, 10th June 2018 (Maurice Hannafin).

What a stunning bird, though I was recently taken aback to learn form an anonymous source that in certain quarters in Britain, he and his birding buddies at the time used to refer to them disparagingly as 'The Pink Stink'. No doubt because they tended to turn up in suburban gardens, feeding at close range on bird feeders and scraps and, in Britain at least, can be usually seen by any half-interested Year Lister. A most demeaning name for a bird which is not only beautiful but, as an adult, we must bear in mind that this individual almost certainly spent last winter in India. Yes, in India.

Despite my shock at hearing of such a remarkable bird being referred to in such a derogatory fashion I nevertheless totally respect my source's right to remain anonymous, so Davey Farrar's name will never see print. Not on this blog. No way.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Rose-coloured Starling, Tralee

Adult Rose-coloured Starling, Tralee, 8th June 2018 (Ger Scollard).

The only true Rose of Tralee. This is the first adult seen in Kerry since June 2012, and before that it was 2002, when two were present near Clogher Head. This bird is a little elusive, favouring a private garden, but showing occasionally in the surrounding area.

Adult Rose-coloured Starling, Tralee, 8th June 2018 (Ger Scollard).

Adult Rose-coloured Starling, Tralee, 8th June 2018 (Ger Scollard).

FROM THE ARCHIVES
Adult Rose-coloured Starling, Clogher Head, 2002 (Michael O'Clery).

Here's a photo of one of the two adults at Clogher Head in 2002. An exotic bird - the Rose-coloured Starling - from the wrong end of Europe, feeding on an exotic plant - New Zealand Flax - from the wrong side of the world.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Ring-billed Gull at Black Rock

First-summer (second calendar year) Ring-billed Gull, Black Rock, 7th June 2018 (David O'Connor).

Wednesday, 6 June 2018