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Monday, 15 September 2014

Osprey, and more


Osprey, Kilcummin, Brandon Bay, 15th September 2014 (David O'Connor).

Juvenile Little Stint (with Knot behind), Baile an Reannaigh, 15th September 2014 (David O'Connor).

Juvenile Little Stint, Kilcummin, Brandon Bay, 15th September 2014 (Michael O'Clery).

Arctic Skua, Kilcummin, Brandon Bay, 15th September 2014 (David O'Connor). One of 6 there.

Juvenile Spotted Flycatcher, Dunquin, 15th September 2014 (Michael O'Clery). One of 3-4 present. This one still shows the remnants of the spotted juvenile plumage, from which the species'  name derives.

Whinchat, Dunquin

Whinchat, Dunquin, 15th September 2014 (Ian Jones).

Sunday, 14 September 2014

AGP, Ferriters Cove

American Golden Plover, Ferriters Cove, 14th September 2014 (Ian Jones).

Little Stints, flavour of the week

Juvenile Little Stint, Ventry, 13th September 2014 (Ian Jones).

Juvenile Little Stint, Ventry, 13th September 2014 (Ian Jones).

Wonder who is ringing Little Stints in Europe? Can't be many ringed in any given year, but one of them is in Ventry...

Juvenile Little Stint, Ventry, 13th September 2014 (Ian Jones).

One of the better autumns for this species, no doubt due to the persistent easterly winds over the past two weeks.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Black-necked Grebe, Fermoyle

Black-necked Grebe, Fermoyle, 11th September 2014 (M.O'Clery).

We have received a number of complaints recently that the extremely high quality digital images of Kerry birdlife on this blog is distorting the reality - that so often birds are far way, in poor light, and even in a high-powered telescope or camera lens, are simply distant blurs and specks on the horizon.

We apologise. And to make amends, we show here some truly crap photos of a Black-necked Grebe at Fernoyle, in Brandon Bay this morning, at about 500m range. Yes, this is often how rare birds really appear, and if you click the image for a closer look, you will see, even then, that there is little additional detail, and that the blurry distant image is only just about identifiable as a Black-necked Grebe.

For better photos of such a bird, save your money (12k) and get this camera lens shown HERE.

Only the second Black-necked Grebe record for Kerry in September.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Little Gull, Fahamore


Juvenile Little Gull, Fahamore, 8th September 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Juvenile Little Gull attacked by Black-headed Gull, Fahamore, 8th September 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Pectoral Sandpiper & Little Stints, Ventry

 Pectoral Sandpiper, Ventry, 8th September 2014 (David O'Connor).

Little Stints, Ventry, 8th September 2014 (David O'Connor).

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Curlew Sand. and Little Gull

Curlew Sandpiper, Derrymore, 5th September 2014 (M.O'Clery).

One of six present.

Juvenile Little Gull, Rough Point, 6th September 2014 (M.O'Clery).

One of one present.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Bits 'n' pieces

Ruff, with Little Egret, Trabeg, 3rd September 2014 (M.O'Clery).

Whooper Swan, Lough Gill, 3rd September 2014 (M.O'Clery).

This bird has a broken wing, and has been present at the lake for nearly three years, unable to migrate with its' conspecifics (an excellent word, to impress your birding friends. For its meaning, see HERE)

White Wagtail, Black Rock, 4th September 2014 (M.O'Clery).

White Wagtail, Black Rock, 4th September 2014 (M.O'Clery).