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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 excepti...
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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...
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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 b...
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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.
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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), res...
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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 I...
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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 camer...
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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...
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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 o...
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Day 16 - Gourdin Island, Antarctic Sound

September 01, 2015 - The "Café" on Deck 5-Aft was occupied with the usual nutters in yours truly and Damian Caniglia just prior to sunrise. T...
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Days 13 to 15 - Retracing Shackleton's steps to Elephant Island, Antarctica

August 20, 2015 - It's been quite a while since I updated the blog. It has been a busy few of months for me, for many reasons. One of the...
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Day 12 - Moltke Harbour and Drygalski Fjord

April 15, 2015 - The morning of the 12th day of the trip was rougher than normal. This was evidenced by the appearance of sick bags on th...
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Day 11 Saint Andrew's Bay, South Georgia

March 30, 2015 - I am an emotional being. I wear my heart on my sleeve more often than I should, or at least I used to do that. The trip...
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Day 11 - Godthul Bay, South Georgia

March 15, 2015 - I woke early, as normal, a bit more refreshed than the day before. An early night after a relatively calm day (emotional...
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Day 10 Grytvikan, South Georgia

March 11, 2015 - After the mind-blowing experience that was Stromness, we steamed onwards for a few hours and headed towards Grytvikan an...
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Day 10 - Stromness & Leith Whaling Stations, South Georgia

February 25, 2015 - The alarm went off at the usual non-holiday hour and I groggily dragged myself up the bar for a coffee, a biscuit (or th...
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Day 9 - On Salisbury Plain...there were penguins

February 18, 2015 - After lunch, or rather two lunches (buffets, the enemy of all waistlines), we headed towards a place made famous by one...
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Day 9 - Elsehul Bay, South Georgia

February 09, 2015 - I slept fitfully the night before the dawn of the first day on South Georgia. The island evokes a land of wonder and awe...
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Day 8 - Thar' she blows!!..and the Shag Rocks

February 08, 2015 - Another dawn, another coffee, more biscuits and more seabirds, albeit a bit quieter than the day before. A full day stea...
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Day 7 - on the Southern Ocean heading to South Georgia

February 01, 2015 - Dawn broke under a low cloud, with some fog and drizzle surrounding the ship. Not ideal weather conditions for photograp...
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Days 3 and 4 - All At Sea

January 19, 2015 - On the third day I woke early, had breakfast, paid my bill at the B&B and headed off in a cab. I was meeting up with Jim...
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Day 2 - The Beagle Channel and Ushuaia Town

January 15, 2015 - After another solid night's sleep, the hungry cries of the Rufous-collared Sparrow fledglings outside my window was bett...
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Day 1 of the Antarctic Adventure 2014

January 09, 2015 - At long last, after years of salivating over photographs taken and stories told by my uncle, Jim Wilson, I was on my way...
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The Terns of Dublin Docks

October 30, 2014 - The Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae. This bird has a circumpolar distribution, it...
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California Dreaming...

August 15, 2014 - I was over in San Diego (SD), California attending a conference at the end of June. It was my first time on the west coa...
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The Irish Winter GullFest of 2013/2014

April 11, 2014 - It was a winter to remember in terms variety and quantity of stellar "Northern" Gulls. Multiple numbers of Ivory and Ros...
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Laughing in the face of the storms

March 24, 2014 - Laughing Gulls are found primarily on the Atlantic coast of North America and the northern part of South America. It is...
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Pacific Vagrant...the Loon!

March 16, 2014 - Pacific Divers are regular winter visitors around the coast of Japan, particularly around the northern coastline, where...
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There's something special about...Ivory Gulls

February 25, 2014 - There really is something special about high Arctic species such as Polar Bears, Arctic Foxes, Narwhals, Beluga Whales a...
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Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)

December 10, 2013 - When news broke in September 2013 that a juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) from North America was found at We...
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Dubai - world in a bubble

October 20, 2013 - To continue the UAE experience, I bring you Dubai- the city that lives in a bubble and is like a movie set. If anyone ha...
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The birth of the books

October 24, 2012 - By way of introduction really, I just want to briefly explain how I was lucky to be able to publish two books on Irish b...
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