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Tysties getting feisty

June 26, 2016
Black Guillemots, or Tysties as they are known in Scotland, are part and parcel of Ireland's coastline, with the exception of the south east corner. They breed in sea cav...
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Kittiwakes are brilliant!

June 15, 2016
Kittiwakes are brilliant. I just love watching these elegant seabirds effortlessly make their way over stormy seas with aplomb. It is a treat to listen to the contact cal...
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A wintering Firecrest in Dublin...what a little gem

April 30, 2016
There are a few regular Autumn and Spring migrants that have escaped me over the years. For example, after 30 years of birdwatching in Ireland, I have seen the grand tota...
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Tree Climbing Rails

April 18, 2016
On my way home from work one evening in March, at dusk, I was making my way across the Luas bridge over the Grand Canal. As per usual, I was plugged in to my mobile devic...
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Irish Ring-billed Gulls

April 14, 2016
A recent brief trip to Cobh to visit the folks, one of the siblings and her progeny (my adorable nieces and nephew), resulted in an even quicker scoot over to my old loca...
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Snow Buntings

April 11, 2016
The Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis; Gealóg shneachta) is an enigmatic member of the bunting family that occurs in Ireland in small numbers during the winter months,...
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A Rosy Kind of Day

December 13, 2015
It has been quite some time since I found the time, energy and urgency to get out and about with my binoculars and camera. Too long, in fact. I was trying to figure out t...
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Day 19 and 20 - The Drake Passage to Buenos Aires

November 15, 2015
After getting out of the waterproof and thermal gear following our final landing on Antarctica (and the trip), we headed to the bar for a pre-dinner drink. The sun was be...
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Day 18 - Cierva Cove, The Antarctic Peninsula...the last day

November 08, 2015
This was it. This was the last morning I would wake up looking upon the glory and majesty of Antarctica. The last morning where I would be greeted on deck by icebergs, gl...
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Day 17 - Livingston Island and the Aitcho Island Group, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica

October 03, 2015
Our second morning on the Antarctic Peninsula and our second-to-last day of the Antarctic leg of the trip. It was sort of setting in that the trip was coming to an end. T...
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