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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

More Black-necked Grebe photos

Black-necked Grebe, Ballylongford, 29th December 2013 (Kerry Birding).

Sunday, 29 December 2013

Black-necked Grebe, Ballylongford

Black-necked Grebe, Ballylongford, 29th December 2013 (Davey Farrar).

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Iceland Gull, Reenard

First-winter Iceland Gull, Reenard, 17th December 2013 (Davey Farrar).

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Glossy Ibis, Akeragh lough

Glossy Ibis, Akeragh lough, 19th December 2013 (David O'Connor).

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Black Brant, Scraggane

Adult Black Brant, Scraggane, 17th December 2013 (Michael O'Clery).

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Iceland Gulls, Reenard

Adult Iceland Gull, Reenard Pier, 15th December 2013 (M.O'Clery).

First-winter Iceland Gull, Reenard Pier, 15th December 2013 (M.O'Clery).

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First-winter Iceland Gull, Reenard Pier, 15th December 2013 (M.O'Clery).
The same individual as above. The pale brown wash on the primaries might hint at the possibility of it being a Kumlien's Gull, but the fine dark markings towards the tips of the primaries would seem to rule that out.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Glaucous Gull

First-winter Glaucous Gull, Cashen, 13th December 2013.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Glossy Ibis and Snow Goose, Carrahane

Glossy Ibis, Carrahane, 12th December 2013 (David O'Connor).

Snow Goose, Carrahane, 12th December 2013 (David O'Connor).

A second winter Ring-billed Gull was also at this site.

Glossy Ibis, Finian's Bay

Glossy Ibis, Finian's Bay, 11th December 2013 (John Murphy).

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Talk on Merlin, Newmarket, 18th Dec.

Merlin (Photo: John Fox).

John Lusby, Raptor Officer with BirdWatch Ireland, will be giving a talk on Ireland's smallest falcon, the Merlin. It is to be held on Wednesday 18th December 2013 at the James O'Keeffe Building, Newmarket, NW Cork, at 19:00. Admission is free.

For information on the James O'Keeffe Building, and how to get there, visit this website HERE (opens a new window).

John has been conducting a ground-breaking survey on this elusive species, one of the rarest breeding raptors in Ireland.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Siberian Chiffchaff, near Tralee

Siberian Chiffchaff, Kerries, near Tralee, 6th December 2013 (David O'Connor).

Any Chiffchaff seen in winter is worth a second look, as Siberian Chiffchaffs have been increasingly identified throughout Ireland, though whether this is because they are occurring more frequently or have been previously overlooked is open to debate. They are usually treated as a distinct subspecies of Chiffchaff (Tristris), but have been treated as a full species by some.

Several have been seen in Kerry in late autumn and winter recently, including two individuals together at Ross Castle in January 2012. See photos of those birds in this post HERE and HERE, and one from 2009 HERE (also at Ross Castle), and compare them with the above individual. Although very similar to Chiffchaff, the generally 'cold' tones to the plumage, slight pale wingbar and pale tertials are all indicative of a 'Sibe Chiffer', as well as the different call.

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Ring-billed Gulls, Tralee

Adult Ring-billed Gull, Tralee Bay Wetlands  Centre, Tralee, 6th December (Ed Carty).

Second winter Ring-billed Gull, Tralee Bay Wetlands  Centre, Tralee, 6th December (Ed Carty).

Monday, 2 December 2013