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Sunday, 14 October 2018

Pied Flycatcher, Dunquin

Pied Flycatcher, Dunquin, 14th October 2018 (Michael O'Clery).

Pied Flycatcher, Dunquin, 14th October 2018 (Michael O'Clery).

The white bases to the primaries can be seen here, not quite reaching the outer primaries, thus eliminating: A) Collared Flycatcher; B) Semi-collared Flycatcher; C) Atlas Flycatcher, and D) The need for a diet of champagne for the whole of the following week.

THe 43rd record for Kerry, making it just slightly rarer than Yellow-browed Warbler, one of which was also present in the same copse of Sycamores today.

Pied Flycatcher, Dunquin, 14th October 2018 (Michael O'Clery).

Pied Flycatcher, Dunquin, 14th October 2018 (Michael O'Clery).

Sunday, 7 October 2018

AGP - Another Gank Photo

Slightly better photos of the Trabeg adult AGP. Not an easy site to approach birds, so this is going to have to do, even with the big camera lenses in action. Gorgeous bird though.

Adult American Golden Plover, Trabeg, 7th October 2018 (M.O'Clery).

Adult American Golden Plover with Lapwing, Trabeg, 7th October 2018 (M.O'Clery).

Adult American Golden Plover with Golden Plovers, Trabeg, 7th October 2018 (M.O'Clery).

Two AGPs in two days

 Two American Golden Plovers in Kerry over the past two days ain't too bad, especially considering the dearth of Nearctic waders in the Kingdom this autumn.

The first, a juvenile, was at Carrahane yesterday, the second, an adult, was at Trabeg today.

Juvenile American Golden Plover, Carrahane, 6th October 2018 (M.O'Clery).

Juvenile American Golden Plover, Carrahane, 6th October 2018 (M.O'Clery).

Juvenile American Golden Plover, Carrahane, 6th October 2018 (M.O'Clery).

The adult at Trabeg was a striking-looking individual, with prominent white forehead and 'wrap-around' white supercilium, contrasting with a greyish, spangled back and the remnants of the summer plumage black underside taking the form of a 'summer Dunlin' black rectangle on the lower breast and belly.

These record shots don't do it justice and fall firmly into the category of 'Just about good enough to identify it by, and aren't you ashamed to be posting low quality crap shots like that on the internet?'.

Adult American Golden Plover, Carrahane, 6th October 2018 (M.O'Clery).

Adult American Golden Plover, Carrahane, 6th October 2018 (M.O'Clery).

Adult Mediterranean Gull, Trabeg, 7th October 2018 (M.O'Clery).

The 49 Mediterranean Gulls at Trabeg sets a record high count for this species on the Dingle Peninsula. 55 is the county record so far, set in 2016... for details see this post HERE

Monday, 24 September 2018

Buff B and Buzzard

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Carrahane, 23rd September 2018 (Geoff Hunt).

Buzzard, Ballyheigue, 13th September 2018 (Geoff Hunt).

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Great White Egret, Blennerville. 8th Kerry record

Great White Egret (with Little Egret), Blennerville, 23rd September 2018 (David O'Connor).

This bird dropped onto the mudflats at Blennerville Windmill just before dusk this evening. The 8th record for Kerry. The 7th was at almost the same time of year, last year, at Caherfealane. See this post HERE. The autumn is finally... FINALLY... hotting up a little.

Great White Egret (with Little Egret), Blennerville, 23rd September 2018 (David O'Connor).

Great White Egret (with Little Egrets), Blennerville, 23rd September 2018 (David O'Connor).

Buff-breast still present

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Carrahane, 22nd September 2018 (Ed Carty).

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Carrahane, 22nd September 2018 (Ed Carty).

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Carrahane, 22nd September 2018 (Ed Carty).

Friday, 21 September 2018

Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Carrahane

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Carrahane, 21st September 2018 (Ian Jones).

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Carrahane, 21st September 2018 (Ian Jones).

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Carrahane, 21st September 2018 (Ian Jones).

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Seabird migration, in an estuary

Although there were plenty of seabirds passing Brandon Pt. today, all were at the usual medium to distant range, requiring a telescope for most sightings, and well beyond useful camera range.

However, at nearby Cappagh Beach - the entrance to Cloghane Estuary - it is often possible to see skuas and other seabirds up close, particularly at high tide. Some of the birds below came to with 20 metres.

Arctic Skua, Cappagh Beach, 19th September 2018 (M.O'Clery).

Arctic Skua, Cappagh Beach, 19th September 2018 (M.O'Clery).

Arctic Skua, Cappagh Beach, 19th September 2018 (M.O'Clery).

Bonxie, Cappagh Beach, 19th September 2018 (M.O'Clery).

Bonxie, Cappagh Beach, 19th September 2018 (M.O'Clery).

One of five Bonxies that ventured into the estuary. Four went most of the way in before turning and heading out at speed with the following gale. One Bonxie was seen to gain height, and was last seen heading strongly towards the Conor Pass. This has been noted before at this location - Bonxies cutting across land and over a mountain pass... See this post HERE

Bonxie, Cappagh Beach, 19th September 2018 (M.O'Clery).

Three Bonxies and a Gannet, Cappagh Beach, 19th September 2018 (M.O'Clery).

Gannet, Cappagh Beach, 19th September 2018 (M.O'Clery).

Gannets were also coming right into the estuary, frequently diving for fish.

Gannet, Cappagh Beach, 19th September 2018 (M.O'Clery).

Great view of the exquisite spotting and patterning on a fresh juvenile Gannet.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Little Stint, Ballinskelligs

Juvenile Little Stint (with Dunlin), Ballinskelligs, 16th September 2018 (Pat McDaid).

The first and only Little Stint seen so far in Kerry this autumn.

Juvenile Little Stint, Ballinskelligs, 16th September 2018 (Pat McDaid).

Curlew Sandpiper, Ballycarbery, 16th September 2018 (Pat McDaid).

Wheatears, South Kerry, 16th September 2018 (Pat McDaid).

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the Inny

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Inny Estuary, 8th September 2018 (Pat McDaid).

The first Nearctic wader of the autumn for Kerry.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Inny Estuary, 8th September 2018 (Pat McDaid).

Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Inny Estuary, 8th September 2018 (Pat McDaid).