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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 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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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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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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Winter Visitors

March 19, 2014 - Snow Buntings are a regular winter visitor to Ireland, and in particular the west, north and east coasts of Ireland. The...
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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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Pelagic Photography

September 22, 2013 - The opportunity to photograph typically pelagic birds such as shearwaters, skuas and petrels comes around infrequently....
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Behind The Lens

September 15, 2013 - The Irish Independent magazine on Saturday 14th September 2013 featured me for their "Behind the Lens" series. The serie...
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Reviews for The Birds of Ireland

September 06, 2013 - Some recent reviews on our latest book http://www.collinspress.ie/the-birds-of-ireland.html Also a nice review in t...
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The Birds of Ireland: A Field Guide

July 30, 2013 - Hi all, it's been a while since I wrote anything for this blog. That is something which I wish to remedy and attempt to...
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Epson Photo Competition Prize Winner!

November 27, 2012 - I was fortunate to have had a competition entry placed in the Birdwatch Ireland/Epson Winter Birds Photo Competition 201...
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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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