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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Great White Egret returns

Great White Egret, Ardcost Cross, near Reenard, 29th September 2016 (Eric Dempsey).

The Great White Egret from the 27th returned to its original site just below the bridge at Ardcost Cross this evening, offering some much better views in the evening sun.

Great White Egret, Ardcost Cross, near Reenard, 29th September 2016 (M.O'Clery).

Great White Egret, Ardcost Cross, near Reenard, 29th September 2016 (M.O'Clery).

Turtle Dove and more, Valentia

Juvenile Turtle Dove, Valentia Island, 29th September 2016 (M.O'Clery).

Juvenile Turtle Dove, Valentia Island, 29th September 2016 (M.O'Clery).

A fair bit of seawatching pulled in a good variety of seabirds at Coosgorm on 28th and 29th September, with (combined from about 6 hours over the two days) about 2000 Sooty Shearwaters, a Long-tailed Skua, a Great Shearwater, 9 Leach's Petrels, 15 Grey Phalaropes, 3 Balearic Shearwaters and 1 Pomarine and about a dozen Great Skuas. Some of these came close enough to get half decent photos. Well, quarter decent.

Grey Phalaropes, Coosgorm, Valentia Island, 29th September (M.O'Clery).

Grey Phalaropes, Coosgorm, Valentia Island, 29th September (M.O'Clery).

Great Skua, Coosgorm, Valentia Island, 29th September (M.O'Clery).

Great Skuas, Coosgorm, Valentia Island, 29th September (M.O'Clery).

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Great White Egret, near Reenard

Great White Egret, Ardcost Cross, near Reenard, 27th September 2016 (Michael O'Clery).

Initially glimpsed from a moving car while passing over a small bridge, a screeching halt, an unconventional and probably illegal reversing manouvre and a rapid deployment of binoculars revealed the striking and unexpected sight of Kerry's fifth Great White Egret quietly feeding in a small creek. 

Our version of 'fast parking' on the narrow road might well have been interpreted as 'abandonment of vehicle' in legal circles. Nevertheless, these record photos were quickly taken before returning to the car for The Big Lens, Canon's 500mm equivalent of heavy artillery, but by the time myself and Eric (Dempsey) got back to the bridge on foot, the bird had flown. We saw it distantly heading towards Reenard, then left up the channel towards Portmagee. Only 20 minutes of daylight remained, so not much chance for it to be relocated. Hopefully it will turn up again to be enjoyed at a more leisurely pace and with ample space and time to park.

Great White Egret, Ardcost Cross, near Reenard, 27th September 2016 (Michael O'Clery).

Great White Egret, Ardcost Cross, near Reenard, 27th September 2016 (Michael O'Clery).

Lapland Buntings, Carrahane

Lapland Bunting, Carrahane, 27th September 2016 (Michael O'Clery).

One of three present.

Lapland Bunting, Carrahane, 27th September 2016 (Michael O'Clery).

Lapland Bunting, Carrahane, 27th September 2016 (Michael O'Clery).

Lapland Bunting, Carrahane, 27th September 2016 (Michael O'Clery).

Monday, 26 September 2016

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Pectoral Sandpiper, Portmagee

Pectoral Sandpiper, Portmagee, 25th September 2016 (M.O'Clery).

Pectoral Sandpiper, Portmagee, 25th September 2016 (M.O'Clery).

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Little Stints at Black Rock

Two juvenile Little Stints, with Sanderling, Black Rock, 22nd September 2016 (M.O'Clery).

Juvenile Little Stint, Black Rock, 22nd September 2016 (M.O'Clery).

Juvenile Little Stint, Black Rock, 22nd September 2016 (M.O'Clery).

Juvenile Little Stint, Black Rock, 22nd September 2016 (M.O'Clery).

White Wagtail, Black Rock, 22nd September 2016 (M.O'Clery).

Monday, 19 September 2016

Juvenile Eider, Fermoyle

Juvenile Eider, Cappagh/Fermoyle beach, Brandon Bay, 19th September 2016 (M.O'Clery).

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Baird's' (plural) at Derrymore

Juvenile Baird's Sandpiper, Derrymore, 18th September 2016 (M.O'Clery).

Juvenile Baird's Sandpiper, Derrymore, 18th September 2016 (M.O'Clery).

Derrymore, as they say, can be 'a feckin' hoor of a place' to bird. It's a long, long walk out, and there's no guarantee that the usual high tide roost site will have many - or any - birds present. On those occasions when little or nothing is to be seen, the return 'walk of shame' can seem endless. Nevertheless, sometimes, just sometimes, it can produce really exciting birding. This evening was one of those times, with two Baird's Sandpipers present among the hundreds of Dunlin and Ringed Plover. With close to 40 records of Baird's for the county, this is the first time that two have been seen at the same site at the same time in Kerry.

There's an entertaining write-up of a 2011 birding visit to Kerry from the Punkbirder team which includes the finding of two Semipalmated Sandpipers at this site on this page HERE. Well worth a read.

SemiP and Curlew Sand at the Inny

Juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper, Inny Estuary, Ballinskelligs Bay, 18th September 2016 (Pat McDaid).

Juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper, Inny Estuary, Ballinskelligs Bay, 18th September 2016 (Pat McDaid).

Juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper, Inny Estuary, Ballinskelligs Bay, 18th September 2016 (Pat McDaid).

Juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper, Inny Estuary, Ballinskelligs Bay, 18th September 2016 (Pat McDaid).

Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, Inny Estuary, Ballinskelligs Bay, 18th September 2016 (Pat McDaid).