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Friday, 22 June 2012

Yellow-legged and 'Intermedius'-type gulls

Yellow-legged Gull, Carrahane, 20th June (Photo: David O'Connor).

Probable 'Intermedius'-type Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black Rock, 20th June (Photo: David O'Connor). This form of Lesser Black-backed Gull occurs along southern coasts of the North Sea (including Britain), though identification can be complicated by gradations between two other forms, fuscus and graellsii. If this bird proves to be intermedius, it would be only the second record for Co. Kerry.

Friday, 15 June 2012


First-Summer male Eider, Black Rock, 15th June 2012 (Bob Ford).

Friday, 8 June 2012

Long-eared Owl chick

Long-eared Owl chick, Duhallow area, 4th June 2012 (M.O'Clery).

This chick is about 16 to 18 days old and was ringed as part of the Duhallow Raptor Conservation Project, covering east Kerry and NW Cork. Video and photos of the ringing of this chick, and more info on Barn Owls, Kestrels and Long-eared Owls, can be seen on this website HERE.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Dipper, Killarney

Dipper, Killarney, 4th June 2012 (Ed Carty).

Although the race of Dipper occurring in Ireland is of the race Cinclus cinclus Hibernicus, and is often referred to as the 'Irish Dipper', it also occurs in Western Scotland and the Inner Hebrides.