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Wildlife in Rathmichael Wood, Shankill, Co. Dublin

I have to say we found this wood by accident. Absolutely beautiful place teeming with wildlife. Great place to have a most enjoyable walk

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Mistle Thrush (one of my favourite birds)

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My first photo of the beautiful Male Crossbill. I had only read about them up until now

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Stood by the pond and not one dragonfly would land so here is one in flight!

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Hen Bullfinch

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Little door to a fantasy house on a tree trunk!!!

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Long Tailed Tit

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Mushroom for tea?????

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Speckled Wood Butterfly

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Green-veined White Butterfly

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Meadow Brown

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Small Copper Butterfly ( Small but beautiful !!! )

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Photos taken at East Coast Nature Reserve, Sea Road, Leamore Upper, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

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Irish Linnet

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This little Stonechat fledging found it difficult to perch in the strong breeze!!!

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Still finding it difficult to perch!!!

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Robin Redbreast!!!

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Hen Chaffinch!!!

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Tortoiseshell Butterfly

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Tortoiseshell Butterfly

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Always popping up!! Stonechat!!

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Juvenile Starling

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Cousins!! Little and Large. Magpie and Raven

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Juvenile Stonechat

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Great Tit

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Reed Bunting

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House Sparrow

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Whitetroath

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Pied Wagtail

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Two Whirligig Beetles

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We thought this Hen Black was injured.

We should not have worried.

She was just sunning herself.

Flew away when we got closer

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Meadow Brown Butterfly

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Male Chaffinch

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Meadow Pipit

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Hen House Sparrow

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Birds Pollinators and More

Bray Head

Ireland

Sunday 20th June 2021

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Cock Bullfinch

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Speckled Wood Butterfly

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Sailing and Paragliding at Breay Head

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Juvenile Robin

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Cock Stonechat

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We enjoyed watching this paraglider at Bray Head, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

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Juvenile Robin

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Blue Tit

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Speckled Wood Butterfly

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River Dargle Never Disappoints

A strool along the Dargle River

Bray

Co. Wicklow

Ireland

Friday 18th June 2021

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This duck and her ducklings were  very well camouflaged

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Little Egret in flight

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Little Egret fishing

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Pigeon coming in to land

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Landed

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Pied Wagtail

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Grey Wagtail

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Sand Martin in flight

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Sand Martin

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Sand Martin

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Grey Heron fishing

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Success

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The water in the Dargle was very clear and fish were clearly visible

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A Cock and Hen Blackbird at the side of the Dargle

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A close up of the Hen Blackbird

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A Cormorant sunning itself close to Bray Harbour Bridge

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Cormorant commences fishing

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Having success

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A large fish this time

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A Busy Bee

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Take off sequence of a Cormorant on the Dargle

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Airborne

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Magpie

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Grey Hooded Crow

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Rook

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A spot of grooming

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Adult and young Starlings

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A Walk up to the Cross on Bray Head

then along the upper walk and down to the Greystones Road

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The beautiful Stonechat

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This Grey Hodded Crow was watching us intently

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Hen Stonechat

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Juvenile Stonechat

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Cannot forget the Robin!!!!

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Whitethroat

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Rhododendron???

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Whitethroat in flight

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Irish Cock Linnet

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A Beautiful Rook

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Mistle Thrush

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A Song Thrush beautifully going through it’s repertoire

on the highest perch it could find

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Don’t know the name of this beauty yet???

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Off to the next flower

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Of all the birds I have photographed I never came across a more inquisitive little one than this.

He would keep looking at us then come forward a few more yards until he was literally beside us.

It was a real treat.

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This Greenfinch was quite a distance away near the Old Greystones Road

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Where is she off to???

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This magnificent flower is growing on the Greystones Road

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A walk around one of the trails at

Vartry Reservoir

Sunday 30th May

2021

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A Grey Wagtail minus his tail

He was very busy fly catching by the side of the Reservoir

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Grey Wagtail in flight with an issect he just caught

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A doomed insect !!!

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A Blackcap in full flow !!!! They have a beautiful song

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A person visiting the reservoir informed me

there are plenty of brown trout in it.

These were very small fish possibly brown trout fry

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There were great numbers of them in the reservoir

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He pops up regularly!!!

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This bird literally plucked the insect out of the flower

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The air was full of insects

Birds and fish were feasting on them

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Long Tailed Tit

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Beautiful cock Chaffinch

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Hen Bullfinch

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Another photo of the cock Chaffinch

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The humble bumble!!!

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Little Grebe in the distance out on the reservoir

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Blue Tit

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A Wren gave us a serenade

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The Birds and the Bees at Festina Lente

A beautiful afternoon spent wandering around the Walled Gardens at Festina Lente,

Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland enjoying nature at it’s very best, Sunday, 16th May, 2021

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One of the many terapins at the sanctuary in the Gardens

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The underwing is a different colour to the top

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Lots of swollows breed in the stables and are a joy to watch in the gardens

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Not everything is perfect in nature but this butterfly had no problem flying from flower to flower

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There is always one of these beauties close by especially

where the gardeners have been working on their allotments

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This hen blackbird has found a little morsel!!!

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Swallow in flight

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Nature is flourishing in Bray and it’s environs. These photos were taken on Sunday afternoon 25th April 2021, in different areas of Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

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This heron captured in flight on the Dargle River

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Legs down for the landing!!!

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Landed!!!!

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Dandelions are in bloom everywhere at the moment. They are a highly nutritious plant both for humans and wildlife

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These three little ducklings have grown very quickly. In the last folder of photos taken, there was the mother and fifteen ducklings. A gentleman studying the wildlife on the Dargle informed me that so far nine or ten of the ducklings have survived. These ducklings have moved further up the river and I took these few photos from opposite Egans Complex, Upper Dargle Road

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Pied wagtail

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White Butterfly

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Shortly afterwards it was joined by another

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This was a busy little honeybee. Notice the pollen pouch on it’s leg

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Euphobia

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Mistle thrush in the field

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The walk took us under some very large trees and there was a rustle in the leaves and out popped this inquisitive grey squirrell. He kept wagging his tail

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He wasn’t in any hurry to run away

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Eventually he scampered off

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Coal Tit

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Tree creeper

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No denying this beauty!!!

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A beautiful goldfinch

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What is he feasting on? The highly nutritious dandeloin seeds!!!!

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This blackbird was singing beautifully as are all cock blackbirds at the moment. His mate would be hatching nearby

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Honeybee busy on the dandelion flower

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The people at the Cross were treated to an exhibition of paragliding

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The Kish Bank Lighouse in the distance

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Ducklings by the Dargle

Saturday 17th April 2021

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Duck spotted in overgrowth by the riverbank

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She is approached by a drake that has been swimming with another duck

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He chases the duck back into her nest

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He then chases after her very agressively

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She sounds scared as she tries to escape him pulling at her feathers

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After this agression which lasted about a minute he calmly entered the river to join the duck he had been with before

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The mother duck then exited her nest with her brood which numbered fifteen ducklings

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They all joined mother duck in the water

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As I photographed the ducklings this hooded crow alighted on a post about three feet away. This bird showed no fear whatsoever

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Meanwhile this grey wagtail, a regular by the river was looking for food among the stones

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Mother and babies enjoy a swin in the river close to our side

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She coaxed them on to the riverbank.

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This heron flew past and hopefully did not spot the ducklings as I believe they are predators.

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This starling is partial to a small fish !!!

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A blue tit in the nearby trees

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I photographed this blackcap singing melodiously at a different location.

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I spotted my first swallow of this year looking very well after the marathon journey to summer with us

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Another photo of the blue tit

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The old Solus Tower at Little Bray. A memory from bygone days.

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A few recent photos taken very recently. It is a very exciting time as all the birds are pairing up for the breeding season and some have already begun building their nests

This shag was busy fishing on the Dargle
He takes a dive!!!
Success !!!!! The ShagPhoto sequence of two swans landing on the Dargle


Swans courting on the Dargle

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Two cygnets reaching maturity


The Grey Wagtail Two Pied Wagtails Grey Hooded Crow taking a bath. Dipper diving Spot the Heron Three Brent geese fly past They fly low past Bray Harbour wall A beautiful crow Little Egret Prime real estate near Old Bray Golfclub

End of February 2021

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A few nature observations from the Peoples Park. Lower Dargle Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow. 3rd February, 2021.

My first time to spot a beautiful dipper in action!!

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This cormorant was very busy fishing

Delighted to make a correction on this one. An ornitologist friend of mine has advised me and I am very grateful that this bird is in fact a shag (same family as cormorant). It is smaller than the cormorant and frequents the river less . Great to have been there at the right place at the right time.

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Just dived!!

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Can stay underwater for ten to fifteen seconds and when they surface it can be quite a distance from where they dived

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Great excitement when we spotted this dipper. It was a beauty and we observed it doing a bit of DIPPING!!!!

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A wagtail just flew past in this shot!!!

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This beautiful mistle thrush brought back some memories. The first time I saw this magnificent bird was when I was a child in Frayne, my townland outside Athboy, Co. Meath. An ash tree grew at the front of our house. About ten feet from the base there was a three branch fork. Every year the mistle thrush built her nest here. There would be four eggs and the four always hatched. When she would leave the nest we would be able to have a look. Never bothered her when we would be out playing . She would never fly away. We could sit at the kitchen table and observe the comimgs and goings. It was pure magic.

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Juvenile gull

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Black headed gull

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This grey hooded crow was busy by the river turning over stones to catch unsuspecting prey

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 Plenty of action by the Dargle River at the People’s Park, Lower Dargle Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland yesterday, January 22nd 2021

Male and female mallard

Black headed gull in winter plumage. In summer it has the black head (actually it is dark brown). In winter it just has the dark spot behind the eye. They were the most predominant gull in the People’s Park yesterday

This black gull was fishing yesterday. It was a first for us to see this particular one fishing

It would swim along looking intensely into the water

then up into the air

then the dive!!!! It was fantastic to see

There were quite a few transathlantic planes in the air. This one was in transit Paris to JFK.

 

There was a feeding frenzy and these gulls were competing in a big way for the food being given to them

One of the lucky ones flying off with it’s prize !!!!

Some early daffodils to lift the spirits

The moon was quite visible in the afternoon sky

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Visit to

East Coast Nature Reserve

Newcastle

Co. Wicklow

October 11th 2020

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Visit to

Vartry Resevoir and Woods

7th October 2020

Robin on a Holly Bush


Grey Wagtail

Young Mallard Duck

Grey Heron

Little Grebe (Juvenile)

Little Grebe gone fishing

Success

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The Blue Butterfly

Just so lucky to see this beautiful Blue Butterfly on the Southern Cross, Bray, Co, Wicklow, Ireland. 14th, May, 2020

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Little Creatures discovered on my Walk

Since today is World Bee Day, May 20th, 2020, delighted I came across some bees!!!

Notice the pollen sacks on it’s legs!!!!

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Wildlife by the Dargle River

Wildlife by the Dargle River, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

11th/12th May 2020

Stay safe all!!

Cormorant

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The Blue Butterfly

Just so lucky to see this beautiful Blue Butterfly on the Southern Cross, Bray, Co, Wicklow, Ireland. 14th, May, 2020

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Solar Eclipse

Because a Solar Eclipse is so rare

I decided I would share these photos

which I took in my back garden with you.

Peter

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Hills of Wales

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Hills of Wales photographed from the walkway

over the top of Bray Head!!!!! (Sunday, 17th, July, 2016)

Photos: Peter Growney

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