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.