More Shore Birds!

Last weekend my friend and I spent another day watching and counting shore birds for the I-Webs survey here in Kerry. The weather was relatively came after the strong winds that Storm Dorris brought over the previous few days.

Below are some of the pictures I took while out and about with her on the Dingle Peninsula.

This first picture is by far my favourite. This cheeky little chap kept a close eye on us as we walked the beach and into the dunes.

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I’m unsure of my identification of this bird though… I’m certain that it is a Pipit. I reckon it’s a Meadow Pipit, but it may also be a Rock Pipit. I’d be delighted if any of my readers could offer a correct ID.

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Here’s two of the numerous Ringed Plover that we counted at the site during the day. I think all-in-all there was close to 100 ringed plover that day.

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When we were finished our counting, we packed up the equipment and hit the road home. We were just arriving in Dingle when we noticed a black bird silhouetted against the water in Dingle Harbour. So we pulled up on the side of the road to have a better look. Happy days, it was a Black Guillemot! A first for both me and my friend! They were quite far out in the harbour, so getting a decent shot of it was a bit tricky.16825738_10154275008882826_860851584431252658_oI love the striking difference between the bright white wing patch and the dark black of the rest of the bird. Apparently Black Guillemots also have vivid red legs/feet, but they weren’t noticible at this distance.

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