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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Seabirds off the coast of Kerry

Adult Pomarine Skua, off Co. Kerry, 8th October 2014 (Niall Keogh).

Sightings from the R.V. Celtic Explorer today off the coast of Co. Kerry, between Outer Dingle Bay and Outer Kenmare River (Niall T. Keogh, Ciaran Cronin, Stephen McAvoy, Katharine Keogan & William Hunt): c.500 Sooty Shearwaters, c.40 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 2 European Storm-petrels, 1 Grey Phalarope, 5 Great Skua, 4 Pomarine Skua (3 adult & a juvenile), 3 Arctic Skua, 1 juv Arctic Tern and 4 Puffin.

Also seen were 2 Minke Whales, 100+ Common Dolphin and 1 Leatherback Turtle.

Sooty Shearwater, off Co. Kerry, 8th October 2014 (Niall Keogh).