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As the saying goes "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" but I wonder whether the Wheatear is one of the prettiest birds?

Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe) Irish: Clochrán

There is just something about the perfect proportions and soft shaded colours that make the Wheatear so graceful.

Funnily enough the name Wheatear it's nothing to do with "Wheat".

The Mission

Leg 09 - 20 to 26 July 2021

To sail on the Celtic Mist recording and identifying individuals from the genetically distinct Bottlenose Dolphins populating the Shannon Estuary and nearby locations.

Map of survey area
Survey Area for this project

Fascinating facts about the Gannet

Gannet in flight

Observations of how we respond to predation

Some rambling thoughts on the language we use, empathy and our tendency towards anthropomorphism

Young Male lions patiently waiting for a Warthog to leave its burrow

The Fulmar (Northern Fulmar - Fulmarus glacialis) Irish: Fulmaire is a fascinating bird.

Fulmar launching off a cliff

Here is the state of my neoprene lens covers from a leading manufacturer after a few years

frayed lens cover

When you spend a good chunk of money on your camera lens a quality neoprene cover can help keep it free of knocks and scratches

Can you tell your Rock Pipit from a Meadow Pipit?

Meadow Pipit vs Rock Pipit

When you first spot a Pipit you might be forgiven for thinking you have spotted a small thrush of some kind

Observing and identifying birds isn't just about 'Bird Watching'

name the birds

'Bird Listening' is a really effective skill to develop where our feathered friends are difficult to spot or visibility is poor.

Video Clip showing skilled feeding technique

Meadow Pipit

Looking at the palette of colours - can you name each bird found in Ireland (A1, B1, A2, B2)

bird puzzle number 4

Mesmerising video of Knot dancing with the Atlantic

Cluster of Knot video

This video clip shows the sheer beauty of the Kingfisher's plumage

Kingfisher - Jewel of the Waterways

Observing and identifying birds isn't just about 'Bird Watching'

name the birds

'Bird Listening' is a really effective skill to develop where our feathered friends are difficult to spot or visibility is poor.

Looking at the palette of colours - can you name each bird found in Ireland (A1, A2, B1, B2)

bird puzzle number 2

Looking at the palette of colours - can you name each bird found in Ireland (A1, A2, B1, B2)

bird puzzle number 1

This video clip shows a strange ability of the Godwit

Bar-tailed Godwit showing distal rhynchokinesis

A video clip with enhanced sound taken on 15 June 2020 aboard the 'Holly-Jo' (Cork Whale Watch) from Reen Pier

Short-beaked Common Dolphin Sounds- West Cork

The Ringed Plover seems to risk all

The Ringed Plover seems to risk it all

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