Monday, 6 June 2016


Swarovski ATX 95mm TLS APO LUMIX GH4R
#birdwatching #digiscoped #swarovskioptik_nature #Galway
Reed Bunting
Emberiza schoeniclus
Gealóg ghiolcaí

Sand Martin
Riparia riparia
Gabhlán Gainimh

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Sedge Warbler 29 05 2016

Swarovski ATX 95mm digidapter LUMIX GH4R+20mm lens, Galway, Ireland #Galway #birdwatching #digiscoped #swarovskioptik_nature 
Sedge Warbler
Acrocephalus schoenobaenus
Ceolaire cíbe

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Time to start reposting

Time to start reposting it's been a while. Last post was the Slaty-backed Gull, nothing like seeing a new bird and a first for Ireland. That does not happen to often these days, but it happens. Last June had a Whinchat while visiting a school near Athlone nice first and the children were a bit non-plus about my new bird and they were a little amused a my excitement. 


Saxicola rubetra

Caislín aitinn

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Slaty-backed Gull

A little bit of excitement over the week-end when I seen a gull which looked very Lesser Black-back like. At Waterside on the River Corrib on Saturday 8th Feb. But it was in fact a Slaty-backed Gull 1st record for Ireland. This bird breeds and has its wintering range on the west coast of Alaska and the east coast of Russia. That's some journey. I believe this only the 4th or 5th record for Europe.

Slaty-backed Gull
Larus schistisagus

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Terryland Forest Park survey 17th August 2013

Numbers way down on previous visits to the transect. Could be signal to the impending season ahead. 41 bumblebees; Butterflies 2 Green-vein White; 5 Speckled Wood; 2 Meadow Brown; 1 Peacock. 1 Common Darter. I did notice about 5 bumblebees dead on the flowers they were feeding on or else they were in a catatonic state.

Ophion scutellaris

Small tortoiseshell Larva
Aglais urticae
Ruán Beag

Amblyteles armatorius Ichnneumon

Speckled Wood
Pararge aegeria
Breacfhéileacán Coille

Buff-tailed bumblebee
Bombus terrestris

Buff-tailed bumblebee
Bombus terrestris


Bombus lucorum

Inula crithmoides
Ailleann Pheadair

Common Knapweed
Centaurea nigra

Rhingia campestris